Break the Chain If you got this e-mail, you're lucky - Don't bet on it!

Exclusive (5/9/2000) This message hit our inbox in early May and made us wonder if the hoaxters have just lost their creativity.

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If you got this email you're lucky!(don't delete)

You have just won a 100 dollars!....... but you will only get the money if you send this to 5 or more people. A box will appear on the screen after you have sent it! It really works ... try it!

Take 5 min.out of your time and send this...believe me you won't be sorry!!

0-2 people: $10
2-4people: $20
4-6people: $50
6-8people: $75
8-10people:$ 100!!!!!!!! Keep on sending!!!!!

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Wow! One hundred dollars, and you didn't have to enter any sweepstakes, or fill out a questionnaire, or sacrifice your first-born, or anything! Ain't America great?! But, wait...Who is giving me this money? How will you know if I send it to 5 or more people? How does forwarding a simple text message make a box appear on my screen?

But hey! Why not? It could be true!

...And monkeys might just fly out of my butt!

This is a skeleton of an e-mail hoax with no creativity, no fake facts, and no reason to believe it - But it's circulating anyway. It alludes to e-mail tracking, which is impossible. The AOL/Microsoft Merger hoax is a classic example of the e-mail tracking scam. The magical "pop-up" box is reminiscent of the magical video clip hoaxes of which the McDonald's vs. Taco Bell scam is one.

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