I'm sure this is a scam but not sure how, i.e what the original sender has to gain from it, but can anyone confirm it? I've been sent a forwarded email by my mum (who isn't in the habit of sending me emails, let alone this kind of stuff) which says that Microsoft and AOL are conducting email beta testing (mmm, dodgy already!) and if I forward the email to loads of other people I will get some money from Bill Gates. Yeah right. I'm assuming this is a hoax but can anyone confirm so I can tell her and all the friends and family she's forwarded it to? Reading the title I've given this thread I feel a bit silly even asking since I'm pretty sure it is but TIA anyway
Good point, jodee! I can't be certain now, as it was a while ago, but I think it was after that I started getting porn spam, and only on my hotmail address which was the one I used - another good reason not to forward chain emails.
The ones I hate getting, and all are along the same themes, are the stories about how drink driving affects lives. Even if the stories aren't true, they are good in a way, but then it always says something like "If you have a heart, email this to at least 10 people and your good deed will come back to you within 1 day, email to five people and your good deed will be repaid within a week....etc" which just really puts me off and IMO ruins what is otherwise a good message.
Also the ones claiming to be parents of children who are suffering life-threatening illnesses, also saying that they will get money from Microsoft if the email is sent to as many people as possible. If they are all hoaxes (and I suspect they are), then they are extremely sick. These days I don't bother with any email like that, I delete them straight away.