I think they are only illegal if they involve sending money.
The email ones are merely an annoyance and almost spam a lot of the times. There are a few I've sent on, but only after I've deleted the emotional blackmail portions. I usually get them from my dad or mother-in-law , or her sister- or all three, when they've sent them to teach other, and then on to me again lol.
deejay wrote:Any chain letter, regardless of content, is a scam. Politely tell them that you would appreciate it if they not send you anymore, as they are illegal--if sent by mail, they're in violation of postal laws, but in cyberspace, I'm sure the FCC, which oversees the internet in the U.S., frowns on them as well. Only if they ask do you tell them gently that no, forwarding a chain letter will not get you right with God. Neither will it bring you good luck, millions of dollars, or anything else they promise.