Here's our response to this: Don't ever believe emails that say, "this really happened to me," or SHOUT IN UPPERCASE LETTERS: THIS IS A TRUE STORY!
No. 2: Free money, honey
There are more than a few of these emails that circulate around, tempting the reader to share in the wealth by "participating" in a company beta testing.
The promises of free cash, free cell phones, free trips to Walt Disney World, free computers and more are bogus, no matter how many emails you forward to friends and family.
Companies have plenty of ways to test out products. Tracking how many email messages you forward to friends is probably not the best use of resources for a company the size of Microsoft anyway.
The letter began circulating in 1997 and was sent from Bill Gates himself (allegedly). Bill proceeds to tell the reader that he has just "written up an email tracing program" and he needs your help (even if your name is John Doe or Joe Schmoe). Bill Gates needs your help to test his program and if YOUR email reaches 1,000 people, everyone on your list will receive $1,000 of his money.
Even today, the "free cash email" continues to circulate, sometimes from "Bill Gates," but many times just from some "really lucky person" who actually "made a fortune."
No. 1: No more prayer
In one of the newest legends to hit the Internet highway, a very "American Christian" proceeds to warn you of your freedom being taken away after President Barack Obama "decides there will no longer be a National Day of Prayer."
The appalled emailer says "this country was built on freedom! Send this to everyone you know who believes freedom is your right!"
So here's the real skinny. In 2009, Obama halted only the National Day of Prayer official service held inside the White House. Former President George W. Bush had hosted the service each year during his tenure. But Obama did make a proclamation recognizing the day, as he also did in both 2010 and 2011.
Congress established the day in 1952 and in 1988 set the first Thursday in May as the day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray. It was actually a federal judge in Wisconsin who initially ruled the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional in April 2010.
The Justice Department appealed that decision to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which found in April 2011 that the observance is indeed constitutional.