BURNENS at VBI.unibe.ch
Fri Sep 20 20:05:44 EST 1996
Guido Schonkeren wrote:
> Taking 5 minutes to read what follows can change your life :
> I saw an article in an internet newsgroup telling me I could
> make $50,000 within a month for an investment of only $5.
> I thought it was a huge joke. I spoke to my wife, attorney
> and friends about it, and they all agreed it was some kind
> of scam. I can't stand scams, because usually someone gets
> burned, and I didn't want it to be me. Of course, I rejected
> the idea at first. after a short period of about two weeks
> ,I thought : "I have already heard of such things. But on
> the Internet ?!?!? ". I decided that even if I had to throw
> 5$ into the fire, I wouldn't mind it that much, and gave it
> a try .After all I needed a LOT more than five dollars.
> Two weeks later, I began receiving money in the mail! I
> could not believe it! Soon, hundreds, and then thousands of
> dollars began to roll in. Within 4 weeks, I had received a
> total of $32,445! It came from everywhere in the world. My
> bank account has changed its "-" into a big "+" (++++)!!!,I
> bought myself a car and things I wanted for a long long time
> for my wife and kids!
> If you follow the three steps below, there is no reason why
> the same shouldn't happen to you! This is a legitimate
> investment opportunity. You invest $5, and you receive a
> return on your investment. So does the next investor. NOT
> ILLEGAL, NOT A CHAIN LETTER- PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE.
> If you are not interested, then don't participate, but
> please print this article and pass it on to someone who may
> be interested, so they can take advantage.
> The procedure is simple: 1) Write your name and address on 5
> sheets of paper. Below that, write the words, "Please add
> me to your mailing list." Fold $1 note or bank draft or
> money order in each piece of paper and mail them to the
> following 5 addresses.:
> 1. Bill Brown
> 148 South Downlen #796
> Beaumont, Tx. 77707 USA
> 2. Olivier Arcadipane
> 237 rue Francois Andre
> 7390 Quaregnon BELGIUM
> 3. Josef Malzer,
> Brandhof 1
> 4701 Bad Schallerbach
> EUROPE - AUSTRIA
> 4. Josh Jones
> 8012 Edgewood Dr.
> Ham Lake, MN USA
> 5. Guido Schonkeren
> van de Hoopstraat 21
> 9716 JL Groningen
> the Netherlands EUROPE
> 2) Now remove the top name from the list, and move the other
> four names up. In other words, #5 becomes #4 and so on. Put
> your name as the fifth one on the list. Use a simple text
> editor such as Notepad, in your "accessories" window (If
> you have MS-Windows),or DOS editor. In fact, any editor
> will do.
> 3) Post the article to at least 200 newsgroups. There are
> 17,000, so it shouldn't be hard to find that many. Try
> posting to as many newsgroups as you can, and the bigger
> the newsgroup is, the more people are to see your message!
> You are now in the mail order investment business, and
> should start seeing returns within a week or two. Of course,
> the more newsgroups you post to, the greater your return is.
> If you wish to remain anonymous, you may use a psuedonym,
> call yourself "The Manager", "The Boss", whatever but make
> sure your address is correct.
> Now, here is why the system works:
> -Of every 200 posts I made, I received 5 responses. Yes,
> only 5. You make $5 for every 200 posts with your name at #5.
> -Each person who sent you $1 now also makes 200 additional
> postings with your name at #4. ie. 1000 postings. On average
> therefore, 50 people will send you $1 with your name at #4.
> -Your 50 new agents make 200 postings each with your name at
> #3 or 10,000 postings. Average return 500 people = $500.
> They make 200 postings each with your name at #2=100,000
> postings=5000 return at $1 each=$5000.
> -Finally, 5,000 people make 200 postings with your name at
> #1 and you get a return of $50,000 before your name drops
> off the list. AND THATS IF EVERYONE DOWN THE LINE MAKES 200
> POSTINGS! Total income in one cycle=$55,000.
> From time to time, when you see your name no longer on the
> list, you take the latest posting that appears in the
> newsgroups, and send out another $5, and put your name at
> #5, and start posting again. Remember, 200 postings is only
> a guideline. the more you post, the greater the return.
> Lets review why you should do this. THE ONLY COST IS $5, AND
> 5 STAMPS, AND 5 ENVELOPES. Anyone can afford $5 for such an
> effortless investment with such SPECTACULAR RETURNS.
> Some people have said to me, "what happens if the scheme is
> played out and no one sends me any money? "Big Deal, so you
> lose $5-but what are the chances of that happening ?? Do you
> Realize that NOBODY cares for the LEGAL chance of winning
> such a BIG money as 50,000.00 $$$$ ???? and all for a
> microscopic investment of five separate dollars? just think
> of all of the new Internet users that join the net every
> There are millions of internet users, and millions of new
> net surfers every month !!! This is the great plus of the
> Internet, people all over the world can hear you and listen
> carefully if you talk reasonably. Everyone will take that
> chance ! I agree, If it wasn't the Internet, and was a
> small circle of people, the chance wouldn't have been so
> small. the amount of money had to be 200 times bigger, and
> the chances were zero. It wouldn't succeed.
> But here, on the Internet, it is a giant village, where new
> thousands of members join in every day ! you CAN'T lose !!!!
> Remember- read the instructions carefully, and play fairly.
> That's the only way this will work. Get a printout so you
> can refer back to this article easily.
> Try to keep a list of everyone that sends you money and
> always keep an eye on the postings to make sure everyone is
> playing fairly. You know where your name should be.
> REMEMBER-HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO
> CHEAT THIS IDEA TO MAKE MONEY!! BESIDES,NOT PLAYING THE
> GAME FAIRLY IS ILLEGAL.SO LET'S BE REASONABLE AND PLAY
> FAIRLY,SO WE CAN ALL ENJOY THE INTERNET GOLD MINE.
> GOOD LUCK FOR YOU ALL, And remember, play fair and you'll
> win, I don't want to mention what might happen to those who
> won't. AND AGAIN,SEE YOU NEXT TIME WITH SOMETHING YOU
> WANTED FOR A LONG TIME !!!
> IF you don't make money work, who will? ;-) (cfr. shareware).
> Just do it!
This is a perfect example of a chain letter-type of action. It should be
prohibited on the net as much as it is elsewhere.
For those not fluent in maths: just try to imagine what will happen
after 11 rounds. Over nine billion (!) postings would be required to
keep the system going. More than the whole population of the world!
Assuming that every single human being even in the remotest areas of the
world has access to the net, the system will have broken down by then.
Those at the end of the chain will thereby inevitably lose their money.
Initial returns from this type of systems tends to be high only in the
first few rounds (and for the first few participants), so your
personal experience is entirely misleading.
Finally, the most interesting aspect of your message is the precise
estimate of the number of fools which can be made, assuming that on an
average 5 out of 200 favorably reply to your postings. I am sorry, but by
not participating I will limit the success of _your_ investment. However,
even five Dollars is too much for what this is worth trying.
Andre P. Burnens MD
Institute for Veterinary Bacteriology, University of Berne
Laenggass-Strasse 122, CH-3012 Berne, Switzerland
Tel. +41 31 631 24 85 Fax. +41 31 631 26 34
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