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From email@example.com Mon Sep 14 05:44:04 1998 Message-ID: <37366.14663@Mona> From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Info Date: Mon, 09 Sep 1998 08:43:09 -0400 (EDT)
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I usually trash these things too, but this time I decided to get some of my skeptical questions answered.
Question #1 - Does it really work? Until I try it, I can only go on the testimony of people I don't know so I will only know if I try it. I've never done this type of thing but I decided it was time to try something. If I keep doing what I am doing I'll keep getting what I've got. Besides, people 70 years old have been surveyed and they will consistently say that the 2 regrets they have of there lives are;
Upon hearing this again, I decided to take a small chance and see what would come of it.
Question #2 - Is it legal? - Yes, (Refer to title 18, Section 1302 & 1342 of the U.S. Postal and Lottery Laws)
This opportunity isn't much of a risk and could turn out to actually be a bit of fun.
The risk is only $20 and time on the Internet.
The following is a copy of the e-mail I read:
You are about to embark on the most profitable and unique program you may ever see. Many times over, it has demonstrated and proven its ability to generate large amounts of cash.
This program is showing fantastic appeal with a huge and ever-growing on-line population desirous of additional income.
This is a legitimate, LEGAL, money-making opportunity. It does not require you to come in contact with people, do any hard work, and best of all, you never have to leave the house, except to get the mail and go to the bank!
This truly is that lucky break you've been waiting for! Simply follow the easy instructions in this letter, and your financial dreams will come true! When followed correctly, this electronic, multi-level marketing program works perfectly ... 100% EVERY TIME!
Thousands of people have used this program to:
This is your chance, so don't pass it up!
Basically, this is what we do:
We send thousands of people a product for $5.00 that costs next to nothing to produce and e-mail. As with all multi-level businesses, we build our business by recruiting new partners and selling our products. Every state in the U.S. allows you to recruit new multi-level business online (via your computer).
The products in this program are a series of four business and financial reports costing $5.00 each. Each order you receive via "snail mail" will include:
To fill each order, you simply e-mail the product to the buyer.
THAT'S IT! The $5.00 is yours! This is the EASIEST electronic multi-level marketing business anywhere!
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER AND BE PREPARED TO REAP THE STAGGERING BENEFITS!
Notes: - ALWAYS SEND $5 CASH FOR EACH REPORT - ALWAYS SEND YOUR ORDER VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL - Make sure the cash is concealed by wrapping it in at least two sheets of paper - On one of those sheets of paper, include: (a) the number & name of the report you are ordering, (b) your e-mail address, and (c) your postal address.
ORDER REPORT #1 FROM:
GLJ MARKETING P.O. Box 272 VANDALIA,OH 45377
ORDER REPORT #2 FROM:
ROYAL MARKETING P.O. Box 513 ENGLISHTOWN, NJ 07726
ORDER REPORT #3 FROM:
STEVEHOME, INC. P.O. Box 84108 SAN DIEGO, CA 92138-4108
ORDER REPORT #4 FROM:
Heartland Marketing P. O. Box 44 Plymouth, In. 46563
Let's say you decide to start small just to see how well it works. Assume your goal is to get 10 people to participate on your first level. (Placing a lot of FREE ads on the internet will EASILY get a larger response.) Also assume that everyone else in YOUR ORGANIZATION gets ONLY 10 downline members. Follow this example to achieve the STAGGERING results below.
1st level--your 10 members with
2nd level--10 members from those 10 ($5 x 100)......................$500
3rd level--10 members from those 100 ($5 x 1,000)................$5,000
4th level--10 members from those 1,000 ($5 x 10,000)..........$50,000
THIS TOTALS $55,550
Remember friends, this assumes that the people who participate only recruit 10 people each. Think for a moment what would happen if they got 20 people to participate!
Most people get 100's of participants!
THINK ABOUT IT!
Your cost to participate in this is practically nothing (surely you can afford $20). You obviously already have an internet connection and e-mail is FREE!!! REPORT#3 shows you the most productive methods for bulk e-mailing and purchasing e-mail lists.
Some list & bulk e-mail vendors even work on trade!
About 50,000 new people get online every month!
If you don't receive 10 to 20 orders for REPORT #1 within two weeks, continue advertising until you do. Then, a couple of weeks later you should receive at least 100 orders for REPORT #2. If you don't, continue advertising until you do.
Once you have received 100 or more orders for REPORT #2, YOU CAN RELAX, because the system is already working for you, and the cash will continue to roll in!
Every time your name is moved down on the list, you are placed in front of a DIFFERENT report. You can KEEP TRACK of your PROGRESS by watching which report people are ordering from you. If you want to generate more income, send another batch of e-mails and start the whole process again! There is no limit to the income you will generate from this business!
NOTE: If you need help with starting a business, registering a business name, how income tax is handled, etc., contact your local office of the Small Business Administration (a Federal agency) for free help and answers to questions. Also, the Internal Revenue Service offers free help via telephone and free seminars about business taxes.
My name is Frank. My wife, Doris, and I live in Bel-Air, MD. I am a cost accountant with a major U.S. Corporation and I make pretty good money. When I received the program I grumbled to Doris about receiving "junk mail." I made fun of the whole thing, spouting my knowledge of the population and percentages involved. I "knew" it wouldn't work. Doris totally ignored my supposed intelligence and jumped in with both feet. I made merciless fun of her, and was ready to lay the old "I told you so" on her when the thing didn't work...well, the laugh was on me! Within two weeks she had received over 50 responses.Within 45 days she had received over $147,200 in $5 bills! I was shocked! I was sure that I had it all figured and that it wouldn't work. I AM a believer now. I have joined Doris in her "hobby." I did have seven more years until retirement, but I think of the "rat race" and it's not for me. We owe it all to MLM.
I just want to pass along my best wishes and encouragement to you. Any doubts you have will vanish when your first orders come in. I even checked with the U.S. Post Office to verify that the plan was legal. It definitely is! IT WORKS!!!
The main reason for this letter is to convince you that this system is honest, lawful, extremely profitable, and is a way to get a large amount of money in a short time. I was approached several times before I checked this out. I joined just to see what one could expect in return for the minimal effort and money required. To my astonishment, I received $36,470.00 in the first 14 weeks, with money still coming in.
Not being the gambling type, it took me several weeks to make up my mind to participate in this plan. But conservative that I am, I decided that the initial investment was so little that there was just no way that I wouldn't get enough orders to at least get my money back. Boy, was I surprised when I found my medium-size post office box crammed with orders! For awhile, it got so over-loaded that I had to start picking up my mail at the window. I'll make more money this year than any 10 years of my life before. The nice thing about this deal is that it doesn't matter where in the U.S. the people live. There simply isn't a better investment with a faster return.
I had received this program before. I deleted it, but later I wondered if I shouldn't have given it a try. Of course, I had no idea who to contact to get another copy, so I had to wait until I was e-mailed another program...11 months passed then it came...I didn't delete this one!...I made more than $41,000 on the first try!!
This is my third time to participate in this plan. We have quit our jobs, and will soon buy a home on the beach and live off the interest on our money. The only way on earth that this plan will work for you is if you do it. For your sake, and for your family's sake don't pass up this golden opportunity. Good luck and happy spending!