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Chain Letters
Hello Tim Duffy,

Out of curiosity, I would like to know if there is a "For Real" chain newsletter, that really brings in the money like it says it does or is this all just a bunch of bull?. I have tried it once several years ago and never received one reply. Please would you reply to my question, I would greatly appreciate your honesty on this.

Joyce S. Florida

Tim's Answer


Are Chain Letters Legal?

All Chain Letters are Illegal!

Some say they have checked with the U.S. Post Office and found out that this one is legal because you are buying or selling something, such as a recipe or a special report on how to do something, some even go so far as to claim to be attorneys and say this program is perfectly legal.

They are not!

You will find in checking out the Federal Trade Commission and the US Postal Service Links below that the government is going after not only the promoters that start a chain letter as they have in the past but are prosecuting even the small fish that only took in a few dollars.

So unless you want a postal inspector at your door, the chance of a felony conviction, major fine and a possible jail sentence, stay away from chain letters.

Federal Trade Commission Links.  http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2002/02/eileenspam1.htm http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt075.shtm 

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