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Irish Friendship Wish Chain Letter Outline

by Brett M. Christensen

This long circulated message claims that recipients who forward an included “Irish Friendship Wish” to two or more people will “automatically” receive three years of good luck.

But, alas, claims the message, those who choose to delete the message will suffer a year of bad luck. I first encountered this message back in 2003, soon after I started Hoax-Slayer. Amazingly,  the message continues to circulate, virtually unchanged from the original.
It hardly needs to be said that the claims in the message are nonsensical. In fact, it is a typical chain letter, versions of which have circulated for decades. First via surface mail, then via email and more lately via social media posts and text messages as well. As chain letters go, this one is comparatively mild. At least it does not threaten violent death to those who fail to forward it like others of its ilk. Such silly messages may seem harmless and people often send them on “just in case”. But they clutter our inboxes and social network pages with even more useless garbage. And some of the more heinous variants can disturb or even traumatize impressionable youngsters.

Another version of the chain letter is circulating as an attached Microsoft Word document.


Subject: I want this back…..apparently it works – ?????

This may just set the record for return emails and forwards. Leave it up to the Irish to come up with the answer to all our wishes. Well, at least one.

Make sure you follow the directions carefully. I think we all need a little luck right about now.
Hope the Leprechaun dances his jig for you!

Comments from others:

I had to forward this, my mom swears it works. The day after she sent it, they got an offer on their land on the Swannee river, they haven’t even seen that land since 1987. It came out of the blue. So you know that I’m going to try it.
Love Kim

Not sure if this had anything to do with it but it was shortly after I sent this out – I got a call to say our bond was approved – against all odds.

I don’t know if it works but I won a new fridge full of various cool drinks from Beyer and Beyer last week.

I do not know if it works, but I won a microwave yesterday Seems like it Hey !!

I hope this works my son could use a really good job!!!!!!!

Good luck to everyone! And may all your dreams come true!

This may sound nuts, but my husband got this the other day and sent it off. About 10 minutes later a really good financial windfall happened for his son Sean who he had sent it too as well. one of the people he sent it to was responsible for the windfall.

Good Luck!!
I hope it works…
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
OK, this is what you have to do….
Send this to all of your friends! But – you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it!
Now……………..Make A wish!!!!!!
I hope you made your wish! Now then, if you send to:
1 person — your wish will be granted in 1 year
3 people — 6 months
5 people — 3 months
6 people — 1 month
7 people — 2 weeks
8 people — 1 week
9 people — 5 days
10 people — 3 days
12 people — 2 days
15 people — 1 day
20 people — 3 hours
If you delete this after you read it… you will have 1 year of bad luck! But… if you send it 2 of your friends . you will automatically have 3 years of good luck!!! 🙂

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,