Bill Gates Giving Away Money?!!!
I received an e-mail today from a trusted friend of mine of which claimed that Bill Gates was sharing his wealth!!
Here’s what it said:
“This thing is for real. Rest assured AOL and Intel will follow through with their promises for fear of facing a multi-million dollar class action suit similar to the one filed by Pepsi Co against General Electric not too long ago.
Dear Friends; Please do not take this as 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 e-mail 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 week time period.
For every person that you forward this e-mail to, 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.
Charles S Bailey General Manager
1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085
It further states:
“I thought this was a scam myself, but two weeks after receiving this e-mail and forwarding it on, Microsoft contacted me for my address and within days I received a check for $24,800.00. You need to respond before the beta test is over. If anyone can afford 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 U/T game, she showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4,324.44 and was stamped ‘Paid in full’.”
This e-mail continues further but I just got bored of it!!
Firstly, Bill Gates has better things to do than a stupid ‘e-mail marketing campaign’!!
I googled this e-mail and guess? It is a scam!! It is one of the biggest hoax e-mails circulating the Internet. These have been around for a good while now but come in different formats but all claiming that Bill Gates is giving away his ‘hard earned’ cash!!
As for tracking e-mails that’s rubbish too!! Not only would it be breaking and violating privacy issues but I think Bill Gates’s Inbox will be pretty full without having to respond to all these other e-mails!!
I find it quite amusing (also annoying!!) that so many people fall for this kind of hoax and although I feel it is not too malicious as it isn’t a virus but that it reflects how desperate some people are to earn ‘easy money’!!
As my mum always says to me “You don’t get ‘owt for nowt”!!