Email Chain Letters – Ripping Off The Cyber Population

What is it with people sending on these email scams that promise you a lifetime of riches and good luck?

They are so friendly telling you that you deserve all of this wealth, pulling you into their web of deceit. The originator of these scam emails knows exactly what it is you want to hear, and offers you an abundance of it.

Then comes the punch line – it’s going to cost you something!

Just put one dollar in an envelope and send it to the first x number of people on the list, and then add your name to the bottom of the list and send the email on to more people from your mailing list. These people don’t just want to con you – they want you to perpetuate the con by adding your friends and family to the list.

But wait a minute – how did you get on the list? Well there’s two main possibilities: either the originator took your email address from a mailing list that you appear on and found you that way, or, you got on the list because someone you know was sucked into the con and thought you’d play along too.

Think about it for a moment. Have any of your friends suddenly become rich? Overnight have they resigned from their job and took off on a luxury round the world cruise? No? That’s what I thought!

So why do scam emails like this keep arriving in your mailing box? Well for one reason, one of those top names on the list is probably going to be the originator of the scam.

They will receive $1 for every person who falls for this desperate urge to become rich, and let’s face it – it’s only about $5 in total and so many people will take the gamble right? That means the originator of the list is going to be getting rich $1 at a time.

Mightn’t seem a lot but like your mother always told you cents soon make dollars, and dollars soon start to add up when they are constantly coming through the mail.

Let’s look at another possibility. You actually do get money back. Do you seriously think it’s going to be the huge amount of money that the original email promises you? I don’t think so.

The reason for this is quite simple. Whilst there are some people who can afford to gamble the dollar – or alternatively are needing money so badly they’ll try again – most people will do what you probably will do – hit the kill key and delete the email for the rubbish that it really is.

The only reason that these emails keep going is that they do work – but only for one person, the person who sent out the first original email. Chances are they didn’t just send it to their friends, but rather they bought a mailing list, or trawled through membership lists on email groups, and created the master list from which to start this scam.

There are so many millions of people with online access that it’s not too hard to believe that they could send this to a lot of people and still not send it to two people who actually know each other – at least not well enough to talk about what’s in the scam mail each day!

There are a lot of interesting stories on how people dealt with these kind of scams and there is a really good one on Huffington Post. If you get one of these, do what you would do with a regular chain mail letter that dropped through your home’s mailbox, bin it. Don’t take any notice of any supposed bad luck or bad karma messages that come at the end of the scam letter.

Take a stand for the non-scammers and don’t send on that dollar, don’t add more names to the list, just delete it and never think of it again.

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