(8/13/2002) This chain letter is indicative of a frightening new trend in junk e-mail and has many people scratching their heads about whether to believe it.
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
As much as this hurts to do, I have to ask for help.Let me explain ! Im the poorest excuse for a human being ever.Im unemployed, uneducated, and uninsurable.In addition you wont look at me for very long Im unattractive actully down right ugly.I try every day to get a job but at 48 with no skills and no personality all the doors shut.For 35 years I tried to drink myself away, and almost succeded,but even at like the rest of my wortless self I failed. now the Doctors say I have to start cheomtherapy for the liver but I have no insurance.Im not a bad person I dont drink anymore or do bad things. I have thought of things like chain letters and such but I know its wrong and I wont do bad things, but I need help could you please send some money!! anything !! It would help I dont know what else to do but ask.I cant promise anything in return I dont have anything nor does it look like i will . At least its honest im not promising anything or lying !! Please reach into your heart !
you will really be helping just one person. here is my name and adress.If you like,include your E-mail adress and I do promise to tell you how much money is sent
Thank You For Listnening
END CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Unfortunately, e-beggars are a growing occurrence - some real, some scams, all of questionable value. The first noteworthy example was the March, 2002, request from Honey Starr. In July, 2002, Maria Serban left many scratching their heads with her request for money to buy a computer.
Mr. Mangold's proposal originated in August, 2002, supposedly from email@example.com, a free e-mail account provided by a Spanish-language web portal based in Miami, Florida. Chain letters like this one are expressly forbidden in 123.com's terms of services. Consequences range from termination of services to invoicing the violator for costs incurred from the unauthorized use of their services. Not surprisingly, mail to the account bounces as undeliverable (either bogus from the start, or shut down for violations).
Another major problem is that what he is asking is basically illegal. He requests you send your assistance to a post office box in Chicago, Illinois. United States postal regulations prohibit individuals from soliciting money via postal mail without offering something of comparable value in return. Additionally, any money received is considered income by the Internal Revenue Service and is subject to taxation.
BreakTheChain.org recommends against responding to or participating in letters like this one in any way. Even if it is true (and there is definitely the possibility that it is a scam), it will most likely make the person's situation worse rather than better. Break this Chain.