Break the Chain Hey, Pal! Got Five Bucks?

Created 7/8/2002 (5/12/2004) Ah, the lure of free money. Just send money to a couple of people, add your name to the list, forward to others and sit back as you become rich. Right? WRONG! It may be a cliche, but the old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, has never been truer.

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I PROMISE YOU...THIS WORKS...DO IT NOW...

Hi,

I have heard nothing but great things about this. So give it a shot.

5 Dollars ... That's all it takes...

I'll keep it short and sweet.

To get started just right mouse click and copy this whole page and paste it in an email to edit it.

Once I got started the money started ROLLING IN!!!.. Just like the plan below said it would! I AM CURRENTLY GETTING OVER $200 A DAY AND JUST STARTED A WEEK AGO!!!!!

Believe it or not, this is my 2nd time around. Simply follow the instructions below and in 2 to 3 weeks, you will have at least $20,000 in your PayPal account.

Most people respond to this program because of the low investment ($5) and high profit potential. The return rate is currently 50% to 80%. There is no limit to the income you can generate from this business (you can do it over and over). This program is the FASTEST, EASIEST PROGRAM YOU WILL EVER DO.

The only down fall is when people try to put their address in the #1 place. If they do that they will only reach the people they initially send to, and only make a few dollars. If you follow the instructions you will reach thousands of people! Honesty, faith and integrity make this system work.

TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK! LETS GET STARTED!

I think everyone has heard of "PayPal"(if not you will). PayPal (owned by ebay) is the simplest method of making and receiving payments online. Anyone with an email address can join for FREE! If you're not already a Paypal user, the first thing you need to do is go to PayPal and sign up FOR FREE:

https://www.paypal.com

Use the link above to sign up for a FREE account, then send a $5.00 donation from your PayPal Account (You will earn back $5.00 from PayPal, for signing up anyway!) to only the FIRST email address on the list along with a note saying "Please add me to your mailing list". Now send an email to the 4th person on the list saying "Thanks I've joined". Then, remove the first email address and place your address at the bottom. This should move the second place into the first place and the third place into second and fourth into the third.

DON'T TRY TO PLACE YOURSELF IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT WILL ONLY REACH THE PEOPLE YOU SEND IT TO, AND THEN YOUR NAME WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE 1ST PLACE BY THAT PERSON.

If you do this the way it was designed it will reach thousands by the time your name gets to the top. REMEMBER TO ONLY SEND a $5.00 donation to the first email address, and Send "THANKS I'VE JOINED" to the fourth person.! This lets the 4th person keep track of their progress.

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NOW that you have made your donation to the first person and sent the fourth person a note, place your email address in the fourth place (Make sure its the same email address you used for your PayPal account. This is the way you will receive payment. : ) OK, the only thing left to do is email out at least 20 copies OR MORE(!) of this letter in a week or so. When your name reaches the TOP of the list it will be your turn to collect your money from 2,000 to 3,000 people just like yourself who are willing to spend $5.00 and half an hour of there time to receive $20,000 in CASH! Keep in mind...the most you've spent is $5.

TESTIMONIALS:

Mary Gather; Columbus, SC: I only have one thing to say to you....OH MY GOD! I sent out 20 copies like the instructions said and left on vacation. When I got back my account had over $12,000 in it already! I'm still floating on air (especially with my NEW CAR I bought!)! Thanks!

This program ROCKS!

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Pyramid or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) schemes have been around for decades. A few years ago, the ages-old pen-and-ink pyramid scheme made the jump to the Internet, with invitations to join the questionable money-making behemoths circulating via e-mail. But, still, the only way to send your $1 or $5 or $10 to the others on the list was through postal mail.

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The rise of on-line payment services like PayPal changed that. PayPal and their ilk provide their members with online debit accounts they can use to make or receive secure payments at a variety of web sites. Adapting a pyramid scheme to PayPal payments reduces the time required to build the pyramid and circumvents some federal regulation and control, but it doesn't make them any more legal. Title 18, section 1302 & 1341 of the US Postal and Lottery Laws actually states that chain letters are illegal "if they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants." Unfortunately MLM schemes are very difficult to police.

PayPal has not responded to my inquiries about if this type of activity is encouraged or even allowed on their system. However, their terms of service identify MLM as one possible violation:

"You agree that you will not use PayPal to accept payment for illegal products or services... You will not use the Service, the PayPal website or any of the services offered therein for any unlawful or fraudulent activity. If PayPal has reason to believe that you may be engaging in or have engaged in fraudulent, unlawful, or improper activity... your access to the Service may be suspended or terminated. You will cooperate fully with PayPal to investigate any suspected unlawful, fraudulent or improper activity, including but not limited to granting authorized PayPal representatives "guest" or "member" access to any password-protected portions of your website.

"You also agree not to use your PayPal account to sell securities, business opportunities, franchises, multi-level marketing, or goods with delivery delayed more than 20 days from the date of payment. You agree not to impersonate a PayPal User or a PayPal representative, or to request that a PayPal customer provide you with their password or other information to access their account."

In addition, your e-mail provider may prohibit using your account for MLM schemes. Most will shut down your account if they discover you using it for that purpose, and some will even prosecute you for illegal activity.

BreakTheChain.org recommends against participating in any pyramid or multi-level marketing scheme. By design, a few people at the top will make a lot of money from the many people at the bottom (that's what the term "pyramid" implies, and it's one reason most purveyors of multilevel marketing don't use the term). Despite what every MLM invitation states, MLM takes a lot of time and effort to break even and most participants lose. Break this Chain.

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