Dave Rhodes' Web Site

Hi! Thanks for visiting my site. As a condition of my parole, I have to put up this site to serve as a warning to others.

My name is Dave Rhodes. My name may sound familiar to you.

If you've been on the internet long enough, you've probably seen letters that start like this:

Dear Friends,

My name is Dave Rhodes. In September 1988 my car was reposessed and the bill collectors were hounding me like you wouldn't believe...

Then the letters describe a scheme where you
1) send money to a list of people,
2) remove one of the names, put your name and address to take its place
3) post this letter to many newsgroups or send out e-mails
and soon your mailbox will be filled with cash and is legal. THIS IS A LIE.

This scheme is nothing more than a chain letter and...


In 1994, there was a rumor posted in newsgroups that I went to prison that looked something like this:

From purvis@hoover.fbi.gov Fri Apr 1 23:09:17 EST 1994
Article: 2 of news.announce.important
Newsgroups: news.announce.important
Path: bigblue.oit.unc.edu!concert!news.duke.edu!MathWorks.Com!solaris.cc.vt.edu!
From: purvis@hoover.fbi.gov (Melvin Purvis)
Subject: 'Make Money Fast' Scam
Message-ID: <040194aa-purvis@nntp.fbi.gov>
Sender: usenet@nntp.fbi.gov
Organization: FBI
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 1994 04:52:38 GMT
Approved: news-announce-important@uunet.uu.net
Lines: 40

[Moderator's note: this posting is approved on behalf of the FBI,
which has stepped in to investigate the massive spree of fraud
being committed by the MAKE.MONEY.FAST posters.]

To the USENET Community:

You may be familiar with a rash of postings to various newsgroups
by various entities purporting to describe a scheme by Mr. David
Rhodes of Oxford, Kentucky on the subject of "Make Money Fast."
These schemes have as their theme a list of people to whom you,
the mark, should send money -- followed by reposting of the
article with your name added to the list. In this wise, the scam
purports, everyone who participates will become fabulously rich.

The FBI wishes to inform you that under no circumstances should you:

1) Believe that this scam will work. It won't. It's a
classic con principle to promise massive returns on
your meager investment.
2) Participate in the re-posting of the article. If you do
so, you are guilty of a Class IV felony.
3) Propagate this scam further in any way.

We wish to further inform you that cases are pending in the
federal courts against several individuals who disregarded U.S.
statutes and attempted to defraud their fellow citizens.

Finally, we wish to inform you that David Rhodes himself is in a
Federal Correctional Institution for his part in the origination
of this scam and will not see the light of day until the year
1997, barring parole or pardon from higher authority.

Thank you for doing everything you can to stamp out this scam.
Confidence men benefit no one but themselves. Don't fall victim
to schemes like this.


Melvin Purvis, FBI

The above post was not done by me. The contents are 100% TRUE.

I did serve time for mail and wire fraud, and I did pay my debt to society.
I'm sorry for having started this stupid chain letter,
and ask the internet community for forgiveness.
I just want to move on. I'll never do something like this again!

Learn from my mistake:

Chain letters are illegal - don't try them!

They made an example out of me. The Feds take this kind of stuff seriously.

Dave Rhodes


The US Post Office says chain letters are illegal
Stop Spam makes fun of chain letters
The US Post Office routinely prosecutes chain letter participants, search for yourself!
The MMF Hall of Humiliation has me in their glossary!
Even the SEC says chain letters are illegal - see The Pyramid section
One place where the above newsgroup post resides

Email: daverhodes@despammed.com

You Are Visitor