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    TheDave's Avatar n00b
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    looky what i just got under a list of about 8 screens of e-mail adresses. has anyone else here got it and whats the point? all i can think of is to harvest adresses, i aint passing it on
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    Fwd: MSN IS GOING!!! (please read dont ignore it guys)

    Date :
    Sun, 04 May 2003 14:53:24 +0000

    READ THE PARAGRAPH IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Dear Hotmail User,

    Because of the sudden rush of people signing up to

    Hotmail,it has come to our attention that we are vastly

    running

    out of resources. So, within a month's time, anyone who

    does not

    receive this email with the exact subject heading, will be

    deleted off our server.Please forward this email so that

    we know

    you are still using this account.

    WARNING WARNING

    We want to find out which users are actually using their

    Hotmail

    accounts. So if you are using your account, please pass

    this

    e-mail to every Hotmail user that you can and if you do

    not pass

    this letter to anyone we will delete your account.



    From Mr. Jon Henerd

    Hotmail Admin. Dept.


    Our hotmail system is getting to crowded!! We need you to forward this to at least 20 people. I know this seems like a large number, but we need to find out who is really using their account. If you do not send this to at least 10 Hotmail members, we will delete your account. Sorry for this inconvenience.

    _________________________________________________________________
    Sign-up for a FREE BT Broadband connection today! http://www.msn.co.uk/specials/btbroadband

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    Guillaume's Avatar Kentish old lady BT Rep: +8BT Rep +8
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    Are people still falling for that kind of shi...er... spam?

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    UH-OH i think its a virus the person who sent me it just told me they cant log onto msn

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    I love it when people try to do things like this and some fools believe they're real!
    You'd think the people doing them would at least take the time to make sure they sound real! That is clearly fake. If they were to ever do something like that for real, you'd get an email from "Hotmail Staff" anyway.

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    oh well......

    nowt gonna happen

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    "we are vastly running out of resources"

    erm.. "We are rapidly running out of resources" would be better

    "will be deleted off our server"

    ....."Will be deleted from our server"

    "Please forward this email"
    ....."Please reply to this email" would be the more appropriate action should a genuine mail of this nature ever need to be sent.

    "So if you are using your account, please pass this e-mail to every Hotmail user that you can and if you do not pass this letter to anyone we will delete your account." - WTF?? Poor punctuation, too much rambling

    See what I'm getting at? A genuine mail from an organisation like hotmail would usually be structured better, with better (not necessarily correct&#33 grammar. People who are conned by such poor attempts at faking an official mail really astound me. Do they not read things like this through before responding?

    At least the old AOL account/ credit card number stealing scam took the user to what appeared to be an official AOL page. THAT was a well-executed scam.

    oh and NO, I'm not on AOL (just had to clear that up&#33

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