In article <32E5D0C8.7536@hotmail.com>, pheonix10@hotmail.com wrote:

> !!!!! EASY WAY TO MAKE $50,000 NO RISK !!!!!  
>          !!!!!! ALL LEGAL !!!!!!!!!

Well, I have seen plenty of schemes like this, and let me take a chance to
finally vent my fustrations. First of all, read the following from
these schemes are indeed illegal, because they require that money be sent
through the mail.
United States Postal Inspection Service 

                       Chain Letters 

                       A chain letter is a "get rich quick" scheme that
promises that your
mail box will soon be stuffed full of cash if you decide to participate.
You're told you can make
thousands of dollars every month if you follow the detailed instructions
in the letter. 

A typical chain letter includes names and addresses of several individuals
whom you may or may
not know. You are instructed to send a certain amount of money--usually
$5--to the person at the
top of the list, and then eliminate that name and add yours to the bottom.
You are then instructed
to mail copies of the letter to a few more individuals who will hopefully
repeat the entire process.
The letter promises that if they follow the same procedure, your name will
gradually move to the
top of the list and you'll receive money -- lots of it. 

There's at least one problem with chain letters. They're illegal if they
request money or other
items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants. Chain
letters are a form of
gambling, and sending them through the mail (or delivering them in person
or by computer, but
mailing money to participate) violates Title 18, United States Code,
Section 1302, the Postal
Lottery Statute. (Chain letters that ask for items of minor value, like
picture postcards or recipes,
may be mailed, since such items are not things of value within the meaning
of the law.) 

Recently, high-tech chain letters have begun surfacing. They may be
disseminated over the
Internet, or may require the copying and mailing of computer disks rather
than paper. Regardless
of what technology is used to advance the scheme, if the mail is used at
any step along the way,
it is still illegal. 

The main thing to remember is that a chain letter is simply a bad
investment. You certainly won't
get rich. You will receive little or no money. The few dollars you may get
will probably not be as
much as you spend making and mailing copies of the chain letter. 

Chain letters don't work because the promise that all participants in a
chain letter will be winners
is mathematically impossible. Also, many people participate, but do not
send money to the
person at the top of the list. Some others create a chain letter that
lists their name numerous
times--in various forms with different addressee. So, in reality, all the
money in a chain is going
to one person. 

Do not be fooled if the chain letter is used to sell inexpensive reports
on credit, mail order sales,
mailing lists, or other topics. The primary purpose is to take your money,
not to sell information.
"Selling" a product does not ensure legality. Be doubly suspicious if
there's a claim that the U.S.
Postal Service or U.S. Postal Inspection Service has declared the letter
legal. This is said only to
mislead you. Neither the Postal Service nor Postal Inspectors give prior
approval to any chain

Participating in a chain letter is a losing proposition. Turn over any
chain letter you receive that
asks for money or other items of value to your local postmaster or nearest
Postal Inspector. Write
on the mailing envelope of the letter or in a separate transmittal letter,
"I received this in the mail
and believe it may be illegal." 

Also, imho, it is pretty stupid to be giving out your addresses like this:

>      1- Matt Lasky
>          804 Mallard ave.
>          Edmond, OK 73003
>          USA
>      2- Tom Wolodkowicz
>          11 Oak Lane
>          Nanuet, NY 10954
>          USA
>      3- D.Lonardo
>         190 Juniper Street
>         East Providence, RI  02914
>         USA
>      4- Heather Burns
>         4363 Clearpark Pl
>         San Jose, Ca 95136 
>         USA
>      5- Brian Hyson
>         4278 Sayoko Cr  
>         San Jose, Ca 95136  USA                 
my apologies to everyone who has to read all this spam, but I had to say
this, albeit it's been said many times.

-Peter Rijks


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