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An Email Petition to Save MSN Messaging-Fiction!
warning says that MSN Messenger is going to be discontinued by
September 14th, 2001. If you forward the email to everyone you know,
however, each message will count as a "signature" on a
petition and 500,000 signatures will save MSN Messenger. If
500,000 signatures are not received, MSN will start charging $5 per
account for the service. Some versions also include Hotmail in
the warning. There is another version that says you must
forward the email you received within 30 minutes, or you'll lose
This is a hoax. It's part of a cluster of similar emails that
have been sent about other free messaging services, also
hoaxes. There is no such plan by MSN and there is no way this
email would help if there was. It asks for a
"petition" of 500,000 "signatures" but doesn't
say how the petition is supposed to get to MSN. There isn't
any system being used on the Internet that would keep track of your
forwarded emails and report the results to MSN.
One of the versions of the hoax says MSN wants to hear from you in
order to know how many members are active. MSN would already
know that and wouldn't need you to send them an email for them to