Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 16:23:44 -0700
From: John Wallis <>

Gee Mr. Ponzi, what a novel and unique idea! GTE wrote: > I found this on a bulletin board and decided to try it. A little while back, > I was browsing through newsgroups, just like you are now, and came across an > article similar to this that said you could make thousands of dollars within > weeks with only an initial investment of $6.00! So I thought, "Yeah right, > this must be a scam", but like most of us, I was curious, so I kept reading. > Anyway, it said that you send $1.00 to each of the 6 names and address > stated in the article. You then place your own name and address in the > bottom of the list at #6, and post the article in at least 200 newsgroups. > (There are thousands) No catch, that was it. So after thinking it over, and > talking to a few people first, I thought about trying it. I figured, "What > have I got to lose except 6 stamps and $6.00, right? "Then I invested the > measly $6.00. Well GUESS WHAT!?...Within 7 days, I started getting money in > the mail! I was shocked! I figured it would end soon, but the money just > kept coming in. In my first week, I made about $25.00. By the end of the > second week, I had made a total of over $1000.00! In the third week, I had > over $10,000.00 and it's still growing. This is now my fourth week, I have > made a total of just over $42,000.00, and it's still coming in rapidly. It's > certainly worth $6.00, and 6 stamps. I have spent more than that on the > lottery! Let me tell you how this works and most importantly, WHY it works. > Also, make sure you print a copy of this article NOW, so you can get the > information off of it as you need it. I promise you that if you follow the > directions exactly, that you will start making more money than you thought > possible by doing something so easy! Suggestion: Read this entire message > carefully! (Print it out or download it.) Follow the simple directions and > watch the money come in! It's easy. It's legal. And, our investment is only > $6.00 (plus postage) IMPORTANT: This is not a rip-off, it is not indecent, > it is not illegal, and it is 99% no risk - it really works! If all of the > following instructions are adhered to, you will receive extraordinary > dividends. PLEASE NOTE: please follow these directions EXACTLY, and > $50,000.00 or more can be yours in 20 to 60 days. This program remains > successful because of the honesty and integrity of the participants. Please > continue its success by carefully adhering to the instructions. You will now > become part of the Mail Order business. In this business, your product is > not solid and tangible, it's a service. You are in the business of > developing Mailing Lists. Many large corporations are happy to pay big Bucks > for quality lists. However, the money made from the Mailing lists is > secondary to the income which is made from People like you and me asking to > be included in that list. Here are the 3 easy steps to success: > > STEP 1: Get 6 separate pieces of paper and write your name and address plus > the following on each piece of paper "PLEASE PUT ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST." > Now get 6 US $1.00 bills and place ONE inside EACH of the 6 pieces of paper > so the bill will not be seen through the envelope (to prevent (thievery). > Next, place one paper in each of the envelopes and seal them. You should now > have 6 sealed envelopes, each with a piece of paper stating the above > phrase, your name and address, and a $1.00 bill. What you are doing is > creating a service. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY LEGAL! You are requesting a > legitimate service and you are paying for it! Like most of us I was a little > skeptical and a little worried about the legal aspects of it all. So I > checked it out with the U.S. Post Office 1-800-725-2161) and they confirmed > that it is indeed legal. Mail the 6 envelopes to the following address: > (#1) A. Christensen. 8505 Crane Dance Trail Eden Prairie, MN 55344 > (#2) C. Markel 220 E Yeasting St Gibsonbury, OH 43431 > (#3) Arthur Smith 4118 Linnfield Houston, TX 77016 > (#4) Michael Kayman 1875 43RD Ave SF, CA 94122 > (#5) John Jacobs 877 E 10600 So Sandy, Ut 84094 > (#6) J. Lee 425 Palmerston Blvd., Toronto, Ont. Canada, M6G 2N7 > > STEP 2: Now take the #1 name off the list that you see above, move The other > names up (6 becomes 5, 5 becomes 4, etc.) and Add YOUR Name as number 6 on > the list. > > STEP 3: Change anything you need to, but try to keep this article as close > to original as possible. Now, post your amended article to at least 200 > newsgroups. (I think there are close to 24,000 groups) All you need is 200, > but remember, the more you post, the more money YOU make! You won't get very > much unless you post like crazy. This is perfectly legal! If you have any > doubts, refer to Title 18 Sec. 1302 & 1341 of the Postal lottery laws. Keep > a copy of these steps for yourself and, whenever you need money, you can use > it again, and again. PLEASE REMEMBER that this program remains successful > because of the honesty and integrity of the participants and by their > carefully adhering to the directions. Look at it this way. If you are of > integrity, the program will continue and the money that so many others have > received will come your way. NOTE: You may want to retain every name and > address sent to you, either on a computer or hard copy and keep the notes > people send you. This VERIFIES that you are truly providing a service. > (Also, it might be a good idea to wrap the $1 bill in dark paper to reduce > the risk of mail theft.) So, as each post is downloaded and the directions > carefully followed, six members will be reimbursed for their participation > as a List Developer with one dollar each. Your name will move up the list > geometrically so that when your name reaches the #1 position you will be > receiving thousands of dollars in CASH!!! What an opportunity for only $6.00 > ($1.00 for each of the first six people listed above) Send it now, add your > own name to the list and you're in business! > > ---DIRECTIONS----FOR HOW TO POST TO NEWSGROUPS--------- > Step 1) You do not need to re-type this entire letter to do your own > posting. Simply put your cursor at the beginning of this letter, drag your > cursor to the bottom of this document, and select 'copy' from the edit menu. > This will copy the entire letter into the computer's memory. > Step 2) Open a blank 'notepad' file and place your cursor at the top of the > blank page. From the 'edit' menu select 'paste'. This will paste a copy of > the letter into notepad so that you can add your name to the list. > Step 3) Save your new notepad file as a .txt file. If you want to do your > postings in different settings, you'll always have this file to go back to. > Step 4) Use Netscape or Internet explorer and try searching For various > newsgroups (on-line forums, message boards, chat sites, discussions.) > Step 5) Visit these message boards and post this article as a new message by > highlighting the text of this letter and selecting paste from the edit menu. > Fill in the Subject, which will be the header that everyone sees as they > Scroll through the list of postings, in a particular group. Click the post > message button. You're done with your first one! > Congratulations. THAT'S IT! All you have to do is Jump to different > newsgroups and post away. After you get the hang of it, it will take about > 30 seconds for each newsgroup! (There is a faster way. You may use Microsoft > Outlook or Outlook Express to select newsgroups rapidly. You just need one > time "Copy and Paste" to send to all of them simultaneously.) **REMEMBER, > THE MORE NEWSGROUPS YOU POST IN, THE MORE MONEY YOU WILL MAKE! BUT: YOU HAVE > TO POST A MINIMUM OF 200** That's it! You will Begin receiving money from > around the world within days! You may eventually want to rent a P.O. Box due > to the large amount of mail you will receive. If you wish to stay anonymous, > you can invent a name to use, as long as the postman will deliver it. **JUST > MAKE SURE ALL THE ADDRESSES ARE CORRECT. **Now, each of the 5 persons who > just sent me $1.00 make the MINIMUM 200 postings, each with my name at #5 > and only 5 persons respond to each of the original 5, that is another $25.00 > for me, now those 25 each make 200 MINIMUM posts with my name at #4 and only > 5 replies each, I will bring in an additional $125.00! Now, those 125 > persons turn around and post the MINIMUM 200 with my name at #3 and only > receive 5 replies each, I will make an additional $625.00! OK, now here is > the fun part, each of those 625 persons post a MINIMUM 200 letters with my > name at #2 and they each only receive 5 replies, that just made me > $3,125.00!!!Those 3,125 persons will all deliver this message to 200 > newsgroups with my name at #1 and if still 5 persons per 200 newsgroups > react I will receive $15,625.00! With an original investment of only $6.00! > AMAZING! When your name is no longer on the list, you just take the latest > postings in the newsgroups, and send out another $6.00 to names on the list, > putting your name at number 6 again. And start posting again. The thing to > remember is: do you realize that thousands of people all over the world are > joining the Internet and reading these articles everyday? JUST LIKE YOU are > now! So, can you afford $6.00 and see if it really works? I think so... > People have said, "What if the plan is played out and no one sends you the > money? So what! What are the chances of that happening when there are tons > of new honest users and new honest people who are joining the internet and > newsgroups everyday and are willing to give it a try? Estimates are at > 20,000 to 50,000 new users, everyday, with thousands of those joining the > actual Internet. REMEMBER, play FAIRLY and HONESTLY and this will really > work. The possibilities can be endless...You will never know, unless you > give it a try... otherwise, it will always be "what if." > GOOD LUCK!

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