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Subject: $5 Turns Into Fortune
Date: Sat Oct 3 01:00:54 1998

Dear Friend,

Here is yet another opportunity to make some money. Before you curse and send this message to the recycle bin along with the multitude of others that are dropped into your in box every day, please take a moment to glance at the opportunity that presents itself here. First and foremost, I want you to understand that I am not spamming you, at least by my own definition of the word. If you have received this offer, then one of four things have happened:

  1. You have sent me your business opportunity, unsolicited;
  2. I have seen your ad, but already participate in the program being offered;
  3. I do not participate in your business opportunity, but have requested information about it; or
  4. I have at least reviewed your business opportunity, but have chosen not to participate at this time (obviously, I cannot do everything at once).
So, that being said, I would like you to read the text below, all the while keeping an open mind. I can tell you that it has worked because it has worked for me. I have also been in contact with people who have sent me these offers in the past and they seem to have done well by this opportunity. Well, if you think that this program can benefit you, you be the sole judge, then by all means, participate. After all, you really have nothing to lose but $5 and 1 or 2 hours of your time.

Before we begin, here are some comments from people who have already participated in this venture:

I want to share this with you. I am sure, like me, you have tried many different opportunities at home and most of them don't work, or they want money we don't have. I figured what's $5 when we have spent so much more... Marie
Thought you might find this interesting...I decided to try this one also. What's $5.00 (a couple of banana splits)? I figure what do I have to lose but a few pounds?... Cheryl
What's your business? Need some fast cash? Try this:

I want to tell you that the only reason I am sending you this is because earlier this year I tried this program and it worked. Hope you have much success also. What the heck, the burger meal this $5 would buy would only turn into fat anyhow.


If you are prepared to read on, BE PREPARED TO GET EXCITED... YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
Read the following and you will agree this is a very exciting opportunity. Only invest a little bit of time and your reward could mean thousands of dollars! Good luck! "IT'S OUTRAGEOUS!!! With 2 hours of work I have made over US $11,000.00 in the last 3 weeks... and my investment was just US $5.00!!! I LOVE IT! THANK YOU! 11,000 X's!!!" -Julie M. St. Louis
$$$ ARE YOU IN NEED OF MONEY? RIGHT NOW? $$$ $$$ HOW DOES US $10,000 IN TWO (2) WEEKS (or less) SOUND? $$$ Don't laugh! Try this for a change while you wait for the others to start working. One (1) hour of work to get started and NO MAILING LISTS! ------------Esquire Marketing Newsletter Gift Club------------
If you need to make a few thousand dollars REALLY FAST, then please take a moment to read this simple program I am sharing with you. No, it is NOT what you think! YOU DO NOT have to send $5.00 to five people to five people to buy a report, buy a recipe, or any other product. Nor will you need to invest more money later to get things going. THIS IS THE FASTEST, EASIEST PROGRAM YOU WILL EVER DO! Complete it in ONE HOUR and you will never forget the day you first received it. If you are doing other programs, by all means stay with them, but do this program as well if you CAN'T WAIT two to three months while your other programs start to work for you.

This Is How It Works

Unlike many other programs, this three-level program is more realistic and much, much faster. Because it is so easy, the response rate for this program is VERY HIGH and VERY FAST, and you will see the results in two weeks or less! Just in time for next month's bills!

You only mail out 20 copies (not 200 or more as in other programs). You should also send them to PEOPLE WHO SEND YOU THEIR PROGRAMS because they know THESE PROGRAMS WORK and they are already believers in the system! Besides, this program is much, much FASTER and has a HIGHER RESPONSE RATE.

Even if you are already in a program, STAY WITH IT, but do yourself a favor and DO THIS ONE as well, START RIGHT NOW! It's simple and takes a very small investment. It will pay off long before other letters even begin to trickle in!

Just give ONE person a US $5.00 gift. That's all!

Follow the simple instructions and in TWO WEEKS you will have US $10,000 in your bank account!!! Because of the LOW INVESTMENT, SPEED and HIGH PROFIT POTENTIAL, this program has a VERY HIGH RESPONSE RATE. JUST ONE (1) US $5.00 BILL. THAT'S YOUR INVESTMENT!

Follow These Simple Instructions

  1. On a blank sheet of paper write "Please add me to your mailing list". Write your name and address clearly and include your Email address (if you have one) for future mailings and courtesy follow-ups. Fold it around a US $5.00 bill and send this to the FIRST name on the list (#1). Only the FIRST PERSON on the list gets YOUR NAME AND A FIVE DOLLAR GIFT.

    Note: This is a service and is 100% legal (Refer to US Postal & Lottery Laws, Title 18, Sections 1302 aned 1341 or Title 18, Sections 3005 in the US Code, also in the Code of Federal Regulations, Volume 1, Sections 255 and 436, which state that "a product or service must be exchanged for money received"). This is also legal in Canada, by the way.

  2. Retype the list ONLY. REMOVING the FIRST (#1) NAME FROM THE LIST. Move the other two names UP and ADD YOUR NAME to the list in the THIRD (#3) position.
  3. Send out 20 copies of this letter. Note: By sending this letter via Email, the response time is much faster and you save the expense of envelopes, stamps, and copying services.
Consider this: MILLIONS of people "surf the Internet" everyday, all day, all over the World! FIFTY THOUSAND new people get on the Internet every month! An excellent source of names is the people who send you other programs, and the names listed on the letter they send you. Your contact source is UNLIMITED. It boggles my mind to think of all the possibilities!

Mail, or should I say Email, your letter TODAY! It's so easy, ONE HOUR of your time. THAT'S IT!

To send your newsletter by Email:

  1. 1. Go to "Edit" and "Select All"
  2. Go to "Edit" and "Copy"
  3. Start (compose) a new Email message
  4. Address your Email and Subject Blocks
  5. Go to "Edit" and "Paste"
After you have pasted this article in your new Email, delete the old header and footer (Subject, Date, To, From, Etc..). Now you can edit the names and addresses with ease. I recommend deleting the top name, adding your name and address to the bottom of the list, then simply changing the numbers.

THERE'S NOTHING MORE TO DO. When your name reaches the first position in a few days, it will be your turn to collect your gifts. The gifts will be sent to you by 1,500 to 2,000 people like yourself, who are willing to invest US $5.00 and one hour to receive US $10,000 in cash. That's all! There will be a total of US $10,000 (or more) in US $5.00 bills in your mailbox in two weeks.

US $10,000 for an hour's work! I think it's WORTH IT, don't you?



Cindy Allen writes: I ran this gift summation four times last year. The first time I received over $7,000 in cash in less than two weeks and over $10,000 in cash in the next three times I ran it. I can't begin to tell you how great it feels not to have to worry about money anymore! I thank GOD for the day I received this letter! It has truly changed my life! Don't be afraid to make gifts to strangers, they'll come back to you ten-fold. So, let's keep it going and help each other in these "tough and uncertain times".

Many of us just want to pay off our bills, buy a new car or buy a new home for our famly. Whatever your reasons or needs are, this program worked for Cindy and thousands of others (just like you and I) time and time again! THIS PROGRAM CAN AND WILL WORK FOR YOU!!!

Can I Do It Again?

OF COURSE YOU CAN...This plan is structured for everyone to send only twenty (20) letters each. However, you are certainly not limited to twenty. Mail out as many as you can. Every twenty letters you send has a return to you of US $10,000 or more. If you can mail forty, sixty, eighty, or whatever. GO FOR IT! THE MORE YOU PUT INTO IT, THE MORE YOU GET OUT OF IT!

Each time you run through this program, just follow the steps (1) through (3) and everyone on your gift list benefits! Besides, there are no mailing list to buy (and wait for), no further trips to the printer or copiers, and you can do it again and again with your regular group of gifters, or start up a new group. Some people produce a mailing list of opportunity seekers and send out 200 or more.

Why not? It beats working! Each time you receive a MLM offer in the mail, respond with THIS letter! Your name will climb to the number one position at dizzying geometric rates.

Follow the simple instructions and above all, please "PLAY FAIR." That's the key to this program's success. Your name must run the "full gamut" on the list to produce the end results. "Sneaking" your name higher up on the list WILL NOT produce the results you think, and it only cheats the other people who have worked hard and earned the rights to be there. So please, play by the rules and the $$,$$$ will come to you!!! ---------------Mail Your Letters Out Today-----------


Mail your US $5.00 "Gift" to the first name on the list ONLY. Remove the first name and move the other two up one place and put your name in the #3 position.


  1. Cory Grant
    P.O Box. 23104
    Grande Prairie,
    Alberta, T8V-3X0
  2. Steven S. Colwell
    421 Hazel St.
    Kelso, WA 98626-1432
  3. Brady Grattan
    Grande Prairie
    Alberta Canada T8X-1M2

Wishing you the best in all you do! You probably don't believe this will work, but if you don't try it you will never know. That's the way I felt. Try it. You won't be sorry.


I also felt that way, but I am going to try it. If I can send $5 and get back $500, I'll be happy. Good luck!

Marie Benoit.

I've done this before, and it works, especially once you get a good group of people who are willing to do this on a regular basis (remember, the more people who respond to your first mailing, the more likely it is that a lot of money will come in). So, try it out, and please do not hesitate to e-mail me at <> if you have any concerns about the legality of this "business" or if you have any other questions. Again, you have nothing to lose, and if you can get over your skepticism and try this out, everybody wins, including you.

Good luck!
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