I had an email which is really a scam so I thought I would let folks know that his type of scam is going on again. I say again because it comes in a few forms sometimes described as a “quilt square club” or “charm square club”.(Please note I am not referring to subscription services run by many quilt shops)
The way this scam works is you are sent a short list of names and addresses to send fabric squares to. When you have done this you add your name to the list, strike out the top name, and pass the instructions on to five or six friends.
You are usually promised that hundreds of people will mail you charm squares.
This is actually a type of chain letter which is a type of pyramid scheme. They are fraudulent and as such illegal in many nations including Australia.
Here is an explanation of how and why chain letters work and why they become popular but better still at the bottom of the page is a huge list of reported versions of this hoax and some invaluable resources and links are listed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has also published a page of recourses about electronic chain letters.
In the stitching community usually people who perpetuate are simply a little naive or ignorant and are being taken advantage of. So beware and if you are invited to participate in this sort thing just send the email to the trash and perhaps tactfully warn your friend who sent it that its a scam.