I got the following email a while back:
In answer to her "simple question," I sent the following reply earlier this month. Click to see a more readable size.Hello Mister,
My name is Dxxxxx Vxxxx and I'm writing you this e-mail from my home office here in Boise, Idaho.
The reason for this e-mail is that you and I share something in common...
At some point in our lives we contemplated or tried to start a home-based business.
Don't worry; I'm not trying to sell you anything.
I just want to ask you a simple question.
"If I helped you start a part-time internet business from your home and in two years you were able to quit your job or possibly retire...would you send me a Thank You card?"
You see, I work with a team of professionals who've been working from home for many years and we've helped many, many people get started with their own Internet/home-based business.
If your answer is "Yes", that you would send me a "thank-you" card and that you would like to learn more, please take the no obligation tour by clicking the link below;
If your answer is "No", please delete this email as I will not be intentionally contacting you again.
Thank you so much for your time.
I hope you will at least take a look at it.
Home Office: [Idaho phone #]
Of course, I've received emails with the exact same text from other people, like a guy from Victorville, CA, and a man from Dallas (Cedar Hill), Texas. Despite the replicated text, each email seems to offer a different sure and rapid fire plan to rake in the big bucks.
Despite sending the e-cards to a couple of these folks, I received no reply. Imagine that.
It's disappointing that we as American are so obsessed with finding the fastest and sketchiest path to success.
Ed. note: This post has been edited from its original version to remove the individual's name and webpage.