If I had a dollar for all of the chain letters I’ve received in my lifetime, I’d be a millionaire. When I was younger, chain letters used to arrive via the regular postal mail. Remember them? You had to copy the letter so many times and mail it out to others. Modern day technology has converted those chain letters into emails. Now, I get tons of them. I normally delete them before I even open them, but I wish that my friends would just stop sending them to me. I don’t appreciate them.

If you take the time to actually read the majority of these annoying chain letters, you will realize just how ridiculous they actually are. I mean, do you really think that Bill Gates is going to send you money for forwarding an email so many times? Have you ever actually known anyone who has had something tragic happen just because they don’t forward an email? If someone does get bad luck, it is simply coincidence. There are so many things that can happen through email chain letters. Viruses can be hidden and forwarded. Spam can start to occur more. And, your friends may start to get upset. Let’s face it, no one really likes to get chain letters. Some people take the time to read them while others, such as myself, simply kill them immediately. I don’t pass them along to annoy others.

9 out of 10 chain letter that enter your mailbox or circulate the internet are complete hoaxes. Just as the Microsoft email that promises you’ll receive money if you forward it to others, they are simply fake. Some chain letters make threats of viruses attacking your computer if you don’t pass it on to so many people and some threaten years of bad luck if you destroy it. I’ve destroyed many chain letters and my computers have always survived and any bad luck that has occurred is simply life. The creators of chain letters dote on people’s fears of having bad luck. No matter what the hoax of the chain letter is, they are illegal. Someone creates them, usually, just for fun or to see how far they actually can go. Sometimes it’ll be a warning for people to watch out for, such as needles taped to gas pumps, and have official sounding names attached as the originator of the email. Most often, if you do some research, the official names listed do not really exist. Nor does the actual situation that is being described.

Do yourself a favor, next time you get a chain letter, don’t pass it on. No one wants to receive them and why to continue to give someone the satisfaction of knowing it still continues to circulate. I promise you won’t have bad luck. Even the ones on Facebook, don’t post them or message them to me or anyone. That will get you deleted and block if you continue to do it time after time, I don’t like them.