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#1 Lone Star

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 08:06 AM

THIS TOOK TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY - IT IS FOR REAL

To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages,
But this is from my friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is
an attorney.

If she says that this will work - It will work. After all,What have
you got to lose?

SORRY EVERYBODY.. JUST HAD TO TAKE THE CHANCE!!! I'm an
attorney, And I know the law. This thing is for real. Rest assured
AOL and &nbs p; Intel will follow through with their promises for
fear of facing a multimillion-dollar class action suit similar to the one
filed by PepsiCo against General Electric not too long ago.

Dear Friends; Please do not take this for 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 weeks
time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay
you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on,
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.

Regards. Charles S Bailey General Manager Field Operations
1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-1085 or RNX 292-1085
[ mailto:Charles_Bailey@csx.com ] Charles_Bailey@csx.com

[ mailto: Charles_bailey@csx.com ] Charles_bailey@csx.com

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 testing is over. If anyone can affoard 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/UT
game. She showed me her check. It was for the sum of $4, 324.44 and was stamped
"Paid
in full"

Like i said before, I know the law, and this is for real.
<end of message>

I recieved this email yesterday and it LOOKS too good to be true, right?
Well, immediately after forwarding this to my cousin, I got a MS update notice and I became
suspicious. This is the FIRST licensing agreement I believe I have ever read all the way through.
You can probably count my IQ on one hand, but it looks to me like this program enables MS to change
your ISP without notice, and you cannot delete this program except to disable it. This means that
if you disable it, and you reboot your computer sometime or someday later, the program will reinstall
and you have to disable it again.
I made a hard copy of the licensing agreement and will post it if I get enough responses to do it.
It' really scary.

Edited by Lone Star, 05 May 2006 - 08:08 AM.


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 08:21 AM

Everyone should file this under the: "If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is" thought.
It is an urban legend. To bad huh?

L@@k: here
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 08:31 AM

OK
To be fair to MS, the program is called Microsoft Genuine Advantage program. It can be found
at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=56310

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:34 AM

They are two entirely different things. :thumbsup:
MS does not and will not pay for the the forwarding of that e-mail.
It is a hoax.
The MS Genuine Advantage program validates Microsoft operating systems.
It is thier way to check for pirated copies of MS OS'.

A full explanation here:

Wired.com - Is Bill Gates offering big bucks to track your email?

Besides IMHO forwarded e-mails are the scourge of e-mail boxes world wide. A waste of time and a waste of space.
They can assist spammers. And since no one hardly ever bothers to use the B.C.C. option, all prior names
of those that have already received a forwarded e-mail, are visible to all future recipients.
LOL Which more often than not, make the list of e-mail addys larger than the actual body of the e-mail itself.

Edited by Scarlett, 05 May 2006 - 09:44 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 10:09 AM

Scarlett is absolutely correct. Just like many hoaxes or mis-information, this kind of E-mail gets forwarded from one person to others and only adds to internet traffic and can cause real mischief at times.
As a good netcitizen, the appropriate action for one to take with such E-mails is to send them immediately to the delete folder.
Regards,
John

Edited by jgweed, 05 May 2006 - 10:10 AM.

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 10:52 AM

John
Not all people are endowed with what probably constitutes 1% of the general population, which
includes us. I am talking about discernment. Like I said, I was just suspisious when I got a
Windows update after forwarding the email.
I have looked for the B.C.C. option, can't find it.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 11:11 AM

What e-mail client do you use Lone Star?
Maybe someone could help you with the BCC option. :thumbsup:

And I would be interested in more of the MS update notice you received.
Do you have it set up to receive MS updates by e-mail?
Just wondering if that was all it was. Of course I may be wrong.
Wont be the first time. lol

Edited by Scarlett, 05 May 2006 - 11:17 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 12:03 PM

I use OE . The updates are sent to my icon tray where I click to install them. Yes, I would like
help with B.C.C.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 12:19 PM

Here you go. :thumbsup:


Protect the privacy of your recipients' e-mail addresses. The polite way to send e-mail to a large group of people—a change of e-mail address, a joke, and so on—is to put the recipients' names in the BCC (blind carbon copy) line. Names and e-mail addresses in the BCC line are invisible to everyone who receives your message; when a recipient opens the message, only the sender's name appears (in the To line). If the BCC line isn't visible, on the View menu, click All Headers. Then follow the instructions in step 2 above to add names to the BCC line.

More detail here:
Compose and Send E-Mail Messages Using Outlook Express


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 12:23 PM

Scarlett
Thank you very much.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 12:38 PM

Your so very welcome! ;)
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