"AOL users can recieve cash reward for forwarding a particular email to test a MSN/AOL tracking system."
Is it a hoax? Well... keep reading :-)
Here's a copy of the email claiming this :
THIS TOOK TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL
To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages, But this is from my good friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney.
If she says that this will work - It will work. After all, What have you got to lose? SORRY EVERYBODY.. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I'm an attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured AOL and Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago.
Dear Friends; Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an email beta test.
When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it ( If you are a Microsoft Windows user) For a two weeks time period.
For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.
Regards. Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations
1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX
292-1085 Charles_Bailey@csx.com Charles_bailey@csx.com
I thought this was a scam myself, But two weeks after receiving this email and forwarding it on. Microsoft contacted me for my address and withindays, I receive a check for $24,800.00. You need to respond before the beta testing is over. If anyone can affoard this, Bill gates is the man.
It's all marketing expense to him. Please forward this to as many people as possible. You are bound to get at least $10,000.00. We're not going to help them out with their e-mail beta test without getting a little something for our time. My brother's girlfriend got in on this a few months ago. When i went to visit him for the Baylor/UT game. She showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped "Paid in full"
Like i said before, I know the law, and this is for real.
Intel and AOL are now discussing a merger which would make them the largest Internet company and in an effort make sure that AOL remains the most widely used program, Intel and AOL are running an email beta test.
When you forward this e-mail to friends, Intel can and will track it (if you are a Microsoft Windows user) for a two week time period.
There is no article in the USA Today refering to this story, which claims that AOL or Microsoft or whatever is giving away tons of money.
I've searched the usatoday.com using their custom advanced search engine for many relevant keywords and phrases related to this message and it didn't return any results. You can try giving it a shot by clicking the following link : usatoday/archives/advancedsearch
So this means that "THIS TOOK TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL" is not true. This is the clue that gives it away. You can even replace it with "Hey, I’m lying !" ... it makes no difference.
Further "investigations" leaded to popular urban legends reference pages like scope.com, urbanlegends.about.com, tafkac.org and so on ... you get the idea .
Another thing I found, during my "mythdigging", about this stupid story is that it's not that new. The original message was sent for the first time in 1997, unfortunately I didn't find the actual message of the email that generated this chain of reactions that still goes on today.
I can't imagine someone believing this crap these days. We receive lots and lots of emails all saying the same thing ... "if you forward this message to all your friends, my daughter/son, who is very ill, suffers from a extremly rare disease called 'Bogusanius Tumorus', will recieve 10 cents / message".
My advice is don't believe this kind of crap ! Read the news more often. These days, if some major company is giving away money then it will make it on the front page of every news website or newspaper for sure ! Don't forward the message, delete it !