Speaking of scams... WAS: Will Florida Outlaw Naturopathy?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (retroman@turbont.net)
Date: Fri May 26 2000 - 14:34:48 MDT

I just got, for the umpteenth time, one of those supposed 'legal' chain letters in
the email that have you send $5 to three or four people and ask them to add you to
their mail list, and you then send it on with your own name on the list. I have
been noticing that the stories have been getting better and better. Today's was
about how a 15 year old kid's mom discovered $71,000 in her kids closet that he
had made of the deal, it went on to 'interview' him about how he kept getting all
this money, conveniently he had his own post office box for it to be sent to, how
he kept having to bike all over town to different banks to exchanged all the $5
bills for twenties, fifties, and hundreds....it was quite entertaining, probably
the best one I've yet seen. I almost wanted to do it myself this time, it was that
good...except for one thing: all of the names and addresses were in England, so
why would US law apply to them, and what are the British laws on the subject?

Anyways, it seems that the internet is demonstrating a sort of memetic evolution
in chain letter technology, those that survive are the ones with the best stories,
the most 'hook'. The better question is: is anyone making that kind of money? I've
got some extropic projects to fund and I could use the money... ;)

Mike Lorrey

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