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Classic Chain Letters

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Classic Chain Letters

Internet Scam Protection Tips Everyone Should Know at Technology Toolkit Chain Letter Evolution

This article is about a chain letter that targeted a 9-year-old child with a death threat for not forwarding it.

A Chain Letter for Good Luck may use some historical facts and make up a great deal in an attempt to seem credible. This combined with the attempted psyching out of people by telling them they will die or break their legs or something if they refuse to pass it along, still snows people today. It shouldn't, but it does.

the so-called Anthony Robbins 6 Minutes Luck Love Lotus Totus Touts Chain is a classic example of a typical chain letter. It's full of the typical crud that only a five-year-old would believe, promises of luck in proportion to how many people it's sent to, and threats of the opposite for not forwarding. And it is not from the Anthony Robbins organization.

The Anne Wichert Love Luck Guinness World Record Hoax is another. Besides the fact it is pure balderdash for so many reasons Break The Chain and Snopes show that no chain letter will ever get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Keying in "Anne Wichert" on Google, Breakthechain and Snopes brings up the above results, debunking the hoax once and for all.

The Google search for "Anne Wichert" also exposes blogs and web forums where unthinking or very easily amused people posted the chain letter as is.

The Bill Gates Cash Giveaway Chain Letter claims that for every forwarded email tracked, Bill will give you money.


However, the history behind this joke which turned into a chain letter hoax is interesting. To read about it and find out how it originated and by whom, click here, here, here, here, and at Bryan Mack the joke originator's own site and on his message board. Full Wired Article on the Bill Gates Hoax

The Chain Mail Letter Parody

What is the logic in sending an email like this and is there anything to it? No, and no. But you can read the comments on that link.

John Hargrave created a Facebook group that parodies those good luck chains.

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