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:
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
This scheme is nothing more than a chain letter and...
THE SCHEME IS NOT LEGAL!
In 1994, there was a rumor posted in newsgroups that I went to prison that looked something like this:
From email@example.com Fri Apr 1 23:09:17 EST 1994
[Moderator's note: this posting is approved on behalf of the FBI,
To the USENET Community:
You may be familiar with a rash of postings to various newsgroups
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
We wish to further inform you that cases are pending in the
Finally, we wish to inform you that David Rhodes himself is in a
Thank you for doing everything you can to stamp out this scam.
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.
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.
|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|