This is a forwarded e-mail i received not too long ago from a friend:
"hey everyone, i had a look on the internet and its actually true .
On the 1st of november , we will have to pay for the use of our MSN and email accounts unless we send this message to at least 18 contacts on your contact list. It's no joke if you don't believe me then go to the site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1189119.stm )and see for yourself. Anyways once you've sent this message to at least 18 contacts, your msn dude will become blue.
please copy and paste don't forward cos people won't take notice of it. Hey it is Andy and john the directors of MSN, sorry for the interruption but msn is closing down.
this is because too many inconsiderate people are taking up all the name(eg making up lots?of different accounts for just one person), we only have 578 names left.
If you would like to close your account, DO NOT SEND THIS MESSAGE ON. If you would like to keep your account, then SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST. This is no joke, we will be shutting down the servers. Send it on,thanks.
WHO EVER DOES NOT SEND THIS MESSEAGE, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CLOSED AND YOU WILL COST 10.00 A MONTH TO USE. SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST. NOW YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO. PLEASE DO NOT FORWARD THIS or REPLAY. COPY THE WHOLE EMAIL. GO BACK TO YOUR INBOX AND CLICK ON NEW. AND PASTE."
I've personally open the linked mentioned, and discovered that the forward wasn't more than a half truth.
To put the news in a nutshell, MSN would charge for the usage of extra services, such as 'such as an advanced filter system to protect email accounts from junk mail' in about 12 months time.
I quote from the website that 'Microsoft stresses that the site's core facilities including Hotmail will remain free.'
Hello? Can you read the statement above?!
Frankly speaking, i use my Yahoo! e-mail and Gmail more frequent compared to Hotmail. That's the reason i keep telling everyone to not send anything to Hotmail. And if MSN really do bar my account, so what? At least i give them a run for their money when i use Yahoo! Messenger or ICQ!
I wonder if people really read through what they're forwarding, or even know what they are forwarding for that matter? I really ponder.
Oh, on another note, don't bother forwarding e-mails in Chinese; I can't read them. Ergo making your effort vainful.
Love & Peace!~