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Claim: Forwarding an Internet chain letter will earn you scads of cash from IWon.com.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Origins: This crazy "something for nothing" appeared on the Internet in February 2000. At that time, Iwon's name had yet to be attached to it. What circulated then was a barefaced claim of the recipient's having "won" $100 as per the text of the
In late April 2000, the Internet entity Iwon.com came to be associated with this hoax, possibly because the signature line of someone with a free iwon.com
IWon.com's involvement is debunked at Iwon.com:
As the popularity of our site grows, it has come to our attention that "chain" email messages are being sent around the Internet misleadingly labeled as being associated with iWon.com. These messages may ask the recipient to forward the message to some number of other people in order to enter or be otherwise eligible to win a prize on iWon.com or may request additional action by the recipient.Once again, no free money for doing nothing. Some things never change.
We want to be clear that iWon.com does not use "chain" email promotions as part of any of our cash or prize giveaways or for any other purpose.
Barbara "IWon in a million" Mikkelson
Last updated: 1 November 2007
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