Parents of 15 year old find $71,000 in CASH in closet!
Does this headline look familiar? Of course it does. You most likely have
just seen this story recently featured on a major nightly news program
His mother was cleaning and putting laundry away when she came across a
large brown paper bag that was suspiciously buried beneath some clothes and
a skateboard in the back of her son's closet. Nothing could have prepared
her for the shock she got when she opened the bag and found it was full of
cash. Five dollar bills, twenties, fifties and hundreds- all neatly
rubber-banded in labeled piles. "My first thought was that he had robbed a
bank", says the 41-year-old woman, "There was over $71,000 dollars in that
bag- that's more than my husband earns in a year."
The woman immediately called her husband at the car-dealership where he
worked to tell him what she'd discovered. He came home right away and they
drove together to the boy's school and picked him up. Little did they
suspect that where the money came from was more shocking than actually
finding it in the closet.
As it turns out, the boy had been sending out via E-mail on the internet a
type of 'chain-letter' to E-mail addresses that he obtained off of the
internet. Everyday after school for the past 2 months, he had been doing
this right on his computer in his bedroom.
"I just got the E-mail one day and I figured what the heck, I put my name on
it like the instructions said and I started sending it out", says the clever
The E-mail letter listed 6 addresses and contained instructions to send one
$5 dollar bill to each of the person of the list, then delete that address
and move the other 2 addresses up, and finally to add your name to the
bottom of the list. The letter goes on to state that you would receive
several thousand dollars in $5 dollar bills within 2 weeks if you sent out
the letter with your name at
the bottom of the 3-address list "I get junk E-mail all the time, and I
really didn't think it was gonna work", the boy continues.
Within the first few days of sending out the E-mail, the Post Office Box
that his parents had gotten for his video-game magazine subscriptions began
to fill up with not magazines, but envelopes containing $5 dollar bills.
"about a week later I rode (my bike) down to the post office and my box had
1 magazine and about 300 envelopes stuffed in it. There was a yellow slip
that said I had to go up to the (post office) counter- I thought I was in
trouble or something (laughs)". He goes on, "I went up to the counter and
they had a whole box of more mail for me. I had to ride back home and empty
out my backpack 'cause I couldn't carry it all".
Over the next few weeks, the boy continued sending out the E-mail. "The
money just kept coming in and I just kept sorting it and stashing it in the
closet, I barely had time for my homework". He had also been riding his bike
to several of the area's banks and exchanging the $5 bills for twenties,
fifties and hundreds. "I didn't want the banks to get suspicious so I kept
riding to different banks with like five thousand at a time in my backpack.
I would usually tell the lady at the bank counter that my dad had sent me in
(to exchange the money) and he was outside waiting for me. One time the lady
gave me a really strange look and told me
that she wouldn't be able to do it for me and my dad would have to come