Saturday, August 16, 2008

Send Me $4.95 And I’ll Show You How To Get Rich—Guaranteed!

You think it’s a scam, right? Well, you’re right, and it’s a good one. How good? Well, believe it or not, it’s the best scam I have ever heard of. Why? Because it’s a license to steal! And even better than that, it’s completely legal. You can’t get busted.

Here’s how it works:

You place an ad in the personals of any major newspaper or on the Internet. Your ad reads: “Send Me $4.95 And I’ll Show You How To Get Rich—Guaranteed!” Then when people send you the $4.95, you send them a note that reads: “See, That’s How You Get Rich!”

Did you get it? Well, if not, what you’re doing is simply telling the people who sent you the $4.95 that if they do the same thing, place the same exact ad in newspapers or on the Internet, they will have the same success you did, which is proved by the very fact that they sent you the money in the first place. Of course you’re thinking that only extreme suckers would fall for the ploy—but think again! The first time I heard of this scam was in the 1984, long before the arrival of the Internet. The same exact ad was placed in major newspapers in major cities all over the United States. More than 200,000 Americans sent the $4.95—in cash, personal bank checks and US postal money orders to the single person who’d placed the ad in all those newspapers. The culprit turned out to be an unemployed gas station attendant who desperately needed money to pay his rent. When the magnitude of the scam came to light, several federal prosecutors in different US jurisdictions found piles of evidence on their desks, mainly newspaper ads, cancelled checks and money order receipts. But not one prosecutor went ahead and filed charges against the gas station attendant. Why? Because they concluded that he had done nothing against the law. His ad stated that if you sent him $4.95 he would show you how to get rich. Well, by replying to his senders that “this is how you get rich,” the clever gas station attendant satisfied his promise of guarantee, and the fact that people actually sent him the money was enough proof that his ruse was indeed not a sham!

Believe it or not, the “send me money and I’ll show you how to get rich” scam has been repeated successfully time and again. It is much better than all those Nigerian and Eastern European Internet scams asking people to pay up-front litigation fees to claim multi-million-dollar inheritances and lottery prizes.

Oh, one more thing: just send me $1.95 and I’ll show you how to get rich—guaranteed!