Forward An Email for Disney and Microsoft and Win a Chance For Money or Travel-Fiction!



Summary of eRumor:

This eRumor claims that Disney and Microsoft are beta-testing an email tracking system and if you forward it to others, you may win either $5,000 or a trip to Disneyworld. Some versions say the trip will be to Disneyland

The Truth:

It’s a hoax.  There is no method being used on the Internet to track forwarded emails for the purpose of compensating anyone for it.  Neither Disney nor Microsoft is sponsoring it.  There is no such person as Walt Disney, Jr. 

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

   I called Disney my damn self. It’s no lie.
   GET IT DONE! You all owe me.
   Disney message & $5,000.00
   If you read below you will see the note from Walt Disney Jr.
&   Management at Disney World. Basically if this messages reaches 13,000
people,   everyone will receive $5,000.00 or a free, all expenses paid
trip to Disney World in anytime during the summer of 1999.
   See the note below – its worth it!!!!
   Everyone is to resend to 15 individuals.
   Please read and forward to as many friends as
possible…we’ve checked up on this and this is no joke of a chain letter or something if
this reaches 13,000 people…duplicate entries don’t count,though…So, please help & pass
   on…thank you, and here you go!!!
   Hello Disney fans,
   And thank you for signing up for Bill Gates’ Beta Email Tracking

  My name is Walt Disney Jr. Here at Disney we are working with
  Microsoft which has just compiled an e-mail tracing program that tracks
everyone to whom this message is forwarded to. It does this through
an  unique IP (Internet Protocol) address log book database. We are
experimenting with this and need your help. Forward this to everyone you know
and if it reaches 13,000 people, 1,300 of the people on the list will
receive $5,000, and the rest will receive a free trip for two to Disney
World for one week during the summer of 1999 at our expense.
   Note: Duplicate entries will not be counted. You will be
notified  by email with further instructions once this email has reached
13,000 people.
   Your friends,
   Walt Disney Jr., Disney, Bill Gates, & The Microsoft Development