Once in a while, this kind of chain or pyramid letters reappears. Someone has been lost, needs blood or some type of medication, always in a hurry. Frequently, reading the text with a critical eye reveals sufficient arguments to justify a simple google search (look for the e-mail address or specific words).
Infrequently, a somewhat improved and more believable version of these letters appears, and causes havoc in e-mail traffic, local police stations, local newspapers (who don't even check their stories).
Ashley Flores seems to have disappeared for the first time around 2006, in Philadelphia, U.S. The item caused thousands of calls to the police, FBI, and other security services. Search parties were organized, and many families stayed preoccupied about the nice - alegedly lost - girl, but who was never reported missing to any police station or FBI.
Later, Ashley disappeared again, this time in France, where a translation of the original message appeared.
Recently (2009), a localized version of the message appeared in the Córdoba, Argentina area. Not only the text was translated, but the people involved where adapted to local folclore. The only element still in common with the original message was the e-mail address at yahoo.com.
So, what is the purpose of this mail? I suspect harvesting e-mail addresses (and maybe just the satisfaction about having created confusion with the local services). Even though the message recommends sending the mails with the destination address hidden, many of the forwarders don't care, or don't know how to do it.
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