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The hoax of “gifting” or “give aways” has been floating around on the Internet for some time. I think we all would like to believe that some of the biggest names in corporate America would be generous enough to actually fulfill the promises made by the gifting emails you will receive, but it is not likely. The gifting/give away schemes promise that big companies are going to supposedly and generously provide money, prizes, or gifts for the recipient of the gifting/give away email if they will only forward it on to all of their family, friends, and acquaintances. Supposedly, there is a tracking mechanism attached to your emails to determine the number of emails you forwarded and therefore, the amount of your compensation.

The Bill Gates give away was the one I received in my email. Mr. Gates was providing $240.00 (or an amount close to this) for every email you forwarded on his behalf. It’s almost believable because of the vast amount of personal wealth he possesses, that he would just pass that on to you and me, but alas, that is not the case.

As great as this all sounds why would any company pay for these give aways? This is the logical question because there is no value for the companies represented in these hoaxes except good will publicity. They would very shortly be out of business if the money, prizes, and gift giving went on unchecked on the momentum of forwarded email.

You can find a complete list of gifting/give away hoaxes at For those of you that have received this type of email this source is excellent as a reference to check the claims made to you in the email. All the current companies caught in this type of hoax are listed. CIAC stands for computer incident advisory capability for those of you that are interested.

While gifting would be wonderful, making money on the Internet is work. I review many work from home Internet money making business opportunities every day. I can say without hesitation that there is only one genuine business opportunity that I have discovered that when worked can deliver the promises it makes.


This Entrepreneurship article was written by Gracie Bowers on 4/5/2006

Gracie Bowers is an industry established leader in reviewing and critiquing home based businesses. Her website, on home based business opportunities, provides a wide array of insite on available programs. You can even view thebest home based business which she uses to make her money, allowing her to have free time to write!