Parents of 15-year-old find $71,000 cash hidden in his closet

Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 09:35:19 EEST

Parents of 15-year-old find $71,000 cash hidden in his closet

Does this headline look familiar? Of course it does. You most
likely have just seen this story recently featured on a major
nightly news program (USA).

His mother was cleaning and putting laundry away when she came
across a large brown paper bag that was suspiciously buried
beneath some clothes and a skateboard in the back of her
15-year-old son's closet. Nothing could have prepared her for
the shock she got when she opened the bag and found it was full
of cash. Five dollar bills, twenties, fifties and hundreds- all
neatly rubber-banded in labeled piles. "My first thought was
that he had robbed a bank", says the 41-year-old woman, "There
was over $71,000 dollars in that bag- that's more than my husband
earns in a year".

The woman immediately called her husband at the car-dealership
where he worked to tell him what she'd discovered. He came home
right away and they drove together to the boy's school and picked
him up. Little did they suspect that where the money came from
was more shocking than actually finding it in the closet.

As it turns out, the boy had been sending out via E-mail on the
Internet a type of 'chain-letter' to E-mail addresses that he
obtained off of the Internet. Everyday after school for the past
2 months, he had been doing this right on his computer in his

"I just got the E-mail one day and I figured what the heck, I put
my name on it like the instructions said and I started sending it
out", says the clever 15-year-old.

The E-mail letter listed 3 addresses and contained instructions
to send one $5 dollar bill to the person at the top of the list,
then delete that address and move the other 2 addresses up, and
finally to add your name to the bottom of the list. The letter
goes on to state that you would receive several thousand dollars
in five dollar bills within 2 weeks if you sent out the letter
with your name at the bottom of the 3-address list "I get junk
E-mail all the time, and I really didn't think it was gonna
work", the boy continues.

Within the first few days of sending out the E-mail, the Post
Office Box that his parents had gotten him for his video-game
magazine subscriptions began to fill up with not magazines, but
envelopes containing $5 dollar bills. "about a week later I rode
[my bike] down to the post office and my box had 1 magazine and
about 300 envelopes stuffed in it. There was also a yellow slip
that said I had to go up to the [post office] counter- I thought
I was in trouble or something (laughs)". He goes on, "I went up
to the counter and they had a whole box of more mail for me. I
had to ride back home and empty out my backpack 'cause I couldn't
carry it all".

Over the next few weeks, the boy continued sending out the
E-mail. "The money just kept coming in and I just kept sorting
it and stashing it in the closet, I barely had time for my
homework". He had also been riding his bike to several of the
area's banks and exchanging the $5 bills for twenties, fifties
and hundreds. "I didn't want the banks to get suspicious so I
kept riding to different banks with like five thousand at a time
in my backpack. I would usually tell the lady at the bank
counter that my dad had sent me in [to exchange the money] and he
was outside waiting for me. One time the lady gave me a really
strange look and told me that she wouldn't be able to do it for
me and my dad would have to come in and do it, but I just rode to
the next bank down the street (laughs)."

Surprisingly, the boy didn't have any reason to be afraid. The
reporting news team examined and investigated the so-called
'chain-letter' the boy was sending out and found that it wasn't a
chain-letter at all. In fact, it was completely legal according
to US Postal and Lottery Laws, Title 18, Section 1302 and 1341,
or Title 18, Section 3005 in the US code, also in the code of
federal regulations, Volume 16, Sections 255 and 436, which state
a product or service must be exchanged for money received.

Every five dollar bill that he received contained a little note
that read, "Please add me to your mailing list". This simple
note made the letter legal because he was exchanging a service
(adding the purchasers name to his mailing list) for a five
dollar fee.

Here is the letter that the 15-year-old was sending out by
E-mail, you can do the exact same thing he was doing, simply by
following the instructions in this letter-

Here are instructions on how to make $10,000 US cash in the next
2 weeks:

There are 3 addresses listed below.

Send the person at the top of the list a $5 bill wrapped in 2
pieces of paper (to securely hide it), along with a note that
says: "Please add me to your mailing list".

Then delete that name, move the other 2 up and put your name at
the bottom.

Now start sending this ENTIRE E-mail back out to people. When 20
people receive it, those 20 people will move your name up to the
middle position and they will each send out 20. That totals 400
people that will receive this letter with your name in the
middle. Then, those 400 people will move your name up to the top
and they will each send out 20 E-mails. That totals 8,000 people
that will receive this E-mail with your name at the top and they
will each send you a $5 bill.

8,000 people each sending you a $5 bill = $40,000 cash. That's
if everyone responds to this E-mail, but not everyone will, so
you can expect more realistically to receive about $10,000 cash
$5 bills in your mailbox.

This will work for anyone, anywhere in the world in any country,
but send only a US CASH $5 bill.

The more E-mails you send out, the more cash you will receive.
If each person sends out 100 E-mails, there will be 1,000,000
people that receive this letter when your name reaches the top.
If only 1% of those people respond, you will still get $50,000

Here is the list:
1) Karen Sky
   PO BOX 290925
   Temple Terrace, FL 33687-0925

2) X-Treme Art
   Po Box 2267
   Zephyrhills, Florida 33539-2267

3) Digital Mark
   PO Box 50640
   Ft Myers, FL 33994-0640

THERE'S NOTHING MORE TO DO. When your name reaches the top in a
few days, you will start receiving $5 bills from other people
just like yourself, who are willing to invest a $5 bill to
receive $10,000 cash.

If you don't try it- you will never know.

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