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I got this message from a friend last night:

Dear AIM users,
Because of our overloading of our servers, we are being forced to extract our non-active AIM users. Because this is a free service, AOL has exceeded the budget for the AIM service. We are asking that you send this exact message to 20 other AIM users to ensure us that you're an active AIM user. Our system tracking devise will pick up this message to keep you on our active list. You have 72 hours to complete this task or your service will be cancelled immediately. Starting April 9, 2003, we will be charging a small fee for registering of a screen name for AIM. Thank you for your time and for using AOL or AIM.


Mark Jenkins
AOL Time Warner

Does anyone know it's validity?


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Apr. 3rd, 2003 06:02 am (UTC)
hi, you don't know me, but i got that message from a friend....did you get it sent by IM from a friend? if so, chances are, my bet, that it is fake...we'll have to see.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 06:26 am (UTC)
Being that I can't find any connection between this "Mark Jenkins" and the AOL Time Warner company... (Except, that a man of the same name has written several articles concerning technology and the web). So, I'm thinking this is pretty much a fake thing. Not that I didn't think that in the first place, but it's always nice to check these things out.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
The losers over at AOL could, despite their obvious incompetence in the field of software engineering, easily determine if your account is "active" or not without resorting to chain mail.

Any time someone wants you to forward IMs, E-mail, whatever - it's a chain letter. Someone who just wants attention.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 07:59 am (UTC)
As my friends have said before....
"If you get something that says 'forward this to everyone you know', do me a favor and pretend you don't know me."
Apr. 3rd, 2003 08:39 am (UTC)

Dear AIM users,
Because of our inability to attract business legitimately, we are being forced to harvest e-mails from a chain letter. Because AOL attracts the least intelligent users, we are sure that this will work well. We are asking that you send this exact message to 20 other AIM users to ensure that your e-mail address is included in the harvest. Since you are stupid, you won't know any better if we claim to possess a magical tracking devise. Our careless misspelling of the word "device" asserts the authentic urgency of this message. Starting April 9, 2003, we will begin selling our harvested e-mail lists to other struggling businesses looking for cheap marketing solutions. Thank you for taking the time to support poor business practices.


Fake Warmbody
AOL Time Warner New Line Cinema CNN TBS TNT Cartoon Network
Apr. 3rd, 2003 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dan.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC)
P.S... I wasn't suggesting that the e-mail was well-targeted by reaching you. :) Just thought I should make that clear.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
That actually wasn't meant as sarcasm. I was really thanking you. It was funny. :-)
Apr. 3rd, 2003 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. :) Cuz it could be seen as an insult to you in a way. But then again, you'd have to be stupid to see it that way, so it wouldn've worked either way. lol
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