Astonishing news! Company X and Company Y have merged to form
company XY. As CEO of arch-rival Company Z, I have no choice but
to send a truckload of Cheezie Goldfish Crackers (retail value of
approximately USD $50,000) to the first 100,000 people who forward
this message to 25 friends. At Company Z, we honestly believe that
spamming millions of people and sending billions of dollars of
free stuff to total strangers (who most likely will never buy our
products anyway) is a fantastic way to boost corporate profits.
How will we know that you really sent this message to 25 friends?
Easy! We have invented an "email tracing program" that allows us
to spy on every message you send, whether it's over the Internet,
or on your company's private internal network. (This basically
means that we've taken control of every communications company
on the planet, and brainwashed every network administrator in the
world, but don't think much about that...)
Don't believe me? Listen to what Ima Lyer, who lives on a small
remote island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, has to say: "Although
I was a bit skeptical, I sent Company Z's chain letter to 25 friends,
and the VERY NEXT DAY, a truckload of Cheezie Goldfish Crackers
apppeared on my doorstep!"
So don't miss this fantastic opportunity to get literally tons of
Cheezie Goldfish Crackers at our expense. Don't question whether
this is legitimate or not. In fact, don't think too much at all.
It just tends to use up valuable brain cells that you could use to
reply to chain letters. Just get out there and start spamming!
Zebig Cheeze - CEO, Company Z
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This story is by Bob Rankin Copyright (c) January 1999