May I have everyone’s attention please? - Posted by Kevin
Posted by Kevin on January 20, 2001 at 16:25:41:
Just the other night I unknowingly violated the policies sanctioned by www.creonline.com. I attempted to post what I now know is a scam. A scam involving taking the exact same article posted containing 6 names and addresses and copying it to your own file so that you can make the necessary adjustments to the article. Adjustments that include eliminating the top name on the list, bumping the other 5 names on that list up one notch in the same order, and therefore placing your own name and address in the number 6 spot. The idea is to send the each of the previous 6 names on the list one dollar and a piece of paper saying, “please add me to the mailing list”. Afterwards, you take your edited version of the article and try to post that article on as many message boards as possible, in high hopes of people responding and sending you money, and the cycle continues on and on.
I did not write the article or advertisement. I copied it from someone who, in turn, copied it from someone else before. Nobody knows who originally wrote the article. Some people actually did accomplish posting many copies of their own modified version of the article throughout numerous newsgroups, including www.creonline.com, although I have no idea how they got away with it. I, however, made a couple of attempts at posting my modified version of the article with no success. This was my very first attempt at posting this article. Then I received a couple of e-mails from Getoutofhere@noscams.com and email@example.com, both informing me that they had deleted my garbage i was attempting the post.
I was confused because I had no idea, what I was doing was a scam. Reading the article, it assured me that this is all legal! The person who wrote this article even had the gall to mention that he/she was also skeptical about it, and mentioned that he/she called The United States Postal Service and checked with them to make sure it was the real deal and not some two-bit scam. That person even provided the phone number for the reader also!!! But like a fool, I took this person’s word for it without even calling the number myself.
Being the pugnacious kind of person that I am, I was determined to post my first message! That was when it really hit the fan!! A few minutes after my last attempt at posting my first message, I received a “friendly” little e-mail from none other than firstname.lastname@example.org! I was informed that I will lose internet access entirely, and that it’s quite possible that I will paying off a HUGE tax bill. This tax bill is intended to tax anyone that has gained income from this scam, and has not passed through to the IRS. I’m not sure if that’s entirely correct, but it runs somewhere along that line. Anyway, I will be paid a visit by the IRS.
I had not received any claims or received any kind of income through this scam that I, unwittingly, participated in. I couldn’t even achieve posting just one message, and thank God for that!! The only accomplishments I made out of this deal were made by me losing 6 U.S. dollars, 6 envelopes, 7 U.S. first class postage stamps, 6 sheets of paper, and 1 or 2 milliliters of blue ink! I am an honest, law abiding citizen with no criminal record. I have a perfect driving record (with the exception of a written warning). I even have an outstanding credit history!
I am writing this to all who are thinking about jumping on any bandwagon with the label, “get rich quick!” on it. Please do not be stupid like me and give into temptation. I know it’s hard believe me, especially for those who are living in dire straits right now. The cold hard truth is, the only way one can get money is through the old-fashioned way…you have to earn it legally and honestly. There are no short-cuts. Not any short-cuts without strings attached anyway.
At this time I would like to convey my most sincere apologies to J.P. Vaughan (editor), the founders, and everyone on staff at www.creonline.com. I am sorry for my selfish deed in my self-righteous pursuit on getting rich quick, which had clouded my better judgement and thinking. I had allowed myself to be played for a pawn in someone else’s game. I’m extremely ashamed of myself for being so petty and stupid. This is, without a doubt, the stupidest mistake I had ever made yet! And I sincerely hope you, the reader, will not give into temptation and follow in my footsteps. Please be careful, and think real hard before you act toward a money-making scheme. I had no idea I was participating in a scam until it was too late.
Again, I am sorry, I have learned my lesson, and I thank you, the reader, for contributing a few minutes of your time in your busy schedule for listening to my confession. If you like, you may e-mail me and give me your thoughts and opinions on this message. I’d be happy to receive them. Even if you want to just tell me how stupid I am (even though I’m quite aware of that already), then by all means please do so. God bless and good luck in whatever you do. Thank you.