iWon.com Chain Letter
Email text contributed by Bethany Gronberg, 05/15/00:
Subject: FW: DO NOT DELETE!!! Read this please!
Let's just see if this really works!
If you got this email you're
0-2 people: $10
Keep on sending!!!!!
iWon.com http://www.iwon.com why wouldn't you?
Comments: The earliest version of this chain letter appeared on or about April Fools' Day 2000 and contained no mention of iWon.com, a Web portal site that attracts users by giving away cash prizes.
In an official statement on its Website, iWon disavows any connection with the letter. "We want to be clear that iWon.com does not use "chain" email promotions as part of any of our cash or prize giveaways or for any other purpose," the statement says.
For the benefit of the gullible: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. You can forward this chain letter till kingdome come, but no box will magically appear on your screen and no money will magically fill your pocket.
iWon.com Official Statement
From the horse's mouth
Email Chain Letters
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