Fwd: FREE Laptops!…
The Ericsson Company is distributing free computer Lap-tops in an attempt to match Nokia that has already done so.
Ericsson hopes to increase its popularity this way. For this reason, they are giving away the new WAP laptops. All you need to do to qualify is to send this mail to 8 people you know. Within 2 weeks, you will receive EricssonT18. But if you can send it to 20 people or more, you will receive Ericsson R320.
Make sure to send a copy to: email@example.com
Today I have got this email from a friend of mine. At first I was stunned how can this be that Ericsson is giving free laptops. I decided to open the mail out of curiosity and found the content to be what I have pasted above. As I’m fully aware of such types of scams but I was cautious because this came from a reliable source. I decided to dig deeper to find out more about the offer. I went to the Ericsson site and found nothing. And then I searched for Ericsson T18 and Ericsson R320. It dawned onto me that these Ericsson models are not laptops. Actually they are mobile sets (discontinued long ago as Ericsson is now Sony Ericsson). For more information on both the sets, click the following links:
Ericsson has the following message displayed for this promotion:
About the “Free Phone/Laptop” Email Hoax
Ericsson is not giving away free phones or laptops. The chain mail you have received is a fraud and there is no person with the name of Anna Swelund working at Ericsson. At Ericsson, we are constantly looking at new innovative ways to market ourselves, chain e-mails are not one of them. We kindly ask you not to forward the chain mail further.
A message from Ericsson about free laptops
So the final conclusion is that this email is a HOAX and nothing else. Here’s the definition of Hoax from Wikipedia:
A hoax is a deliberate attempt to dupe, deceive or trick an audience into believing, or accepting, that something is real, when in fact it is not; or that something is true, when in fact it is false.
So please don’t fall prey to these types of useless things. And as the proverb says, “Look before you leap”, research before acting.