Ericsson Is Distributing Free Laptops For Their Brand Promotion

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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: anna.swelung@ericsson.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 T18
Ericsson R320
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.
Thank you.

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.

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45 responses to “Ericsson Is Distributing Free Laptops For Their Brand Promotion”

    • yes Mutant, this is exactly what happened when I saw this email in my inbox but after doing the research, I found out that all this was crap 🙂

  1. I get the same email this morning,the first one who send the first email must have some secrets? I DON’T THINK IT’S JUST KIDDING.
    I am in Jiangsu, China.

  2. I get the same email this morning,the first one who send the first email must have some secrets? I DON’T THINK IT’S JUST KIDDING.
    I am in Jiangsu, China.

  3. I get the same email this morning,the first one who send the first email must have some secrets? I DON’T THINK IT’S JUST KIDDING.
    I am in Jiangsu, China.

  4. I get the same email this morning,the first one who send the first email must have some secrets? I DON’T THINK IT’S JUST KIDDING.
    I am in Jiangsu, China.

    • Hi bruce. Nice having someone from China. I love China :-). Actually it’s just kidding because Ericsson has also made it clear that they are not giving any promotions. See the links in the article.

  5. because they’ll get a DB full of valid email addresses, after all this show, so they’ll send you emails with cheap viagra and cialis

  6. I think then Ericsson should put the message across to the general public reinforcing greater social responsibility at their end.

  7. when i recieved this mail today, the first idea is it must be kidding. i dont think that it is true. I am from china- shanghai.

  8. I know the answer why they are sending this e-mail to everyone.Because this is one of the new scam system from 419 International Scam Group.
    Search over net about 419 scam….

  9. How can you think it’s true? since when do big company’s like sony ericsson or other start chain-mails?????? this is not how they promote their products, nor do they give away free products unless it’s from their own website or thrue retailers.
    Maria björklund – Sweden, Stockholm

    • Maria welcome to Technize. It’s really great to see someone from Sweden 🙂 Truly said, it’s only a scam nothing else.

  10. I have received, for the second time, the attached email which is being circulated on behal of Anna Swelung and IT Manager RCG, N Kousick. The emaill says, that Ericsson is distributing two laptop computers (T18 and R320) to those of us who forward this email to 8 (T18) or 20 (R320) persons. As a concerned consumer, my question to you, of course, is this a legitimate claim? In light of all the bogus email and mail order scams that are out there in this world, it is natural for me to be skeptic about this. I would also like to believe that Sony Ericsson would not want it’s name attached to a bogus scam. Please verify the authenticity of this claim by you and/or Sony Ericsson. Is Sony Ericsson giving away laptop computers as stated in the attached email? Also, how can I contact either you or KN Kousik via phone at Sony Ericsson? I would like to know that either name is actually listed with the Human Resources Department at Sony Ericsson in any country.
    Thank you

    • Trina, Ericsson has already issued a statement that this is a scam and is not related by any means to Ericsson. So no need to pay attention to these emails as they are scams and only waste your time.

  11. this is getting out of hand i just emailed the mesg to 50 people and its not even true.. Made me so mad when i fopund out it wasnt true.

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  13. I believe the return email address “anna.swelung@ericsson.com” is going to use the email addresses for more illegal scams which will try and scam money from unwitting recipients.
    Especially those who pass the email around.

  14. I wondered, “Huh? Sony Ericsson, a Laptop!?” I only know Ericssons as cellular phones, so I had doubts.
    Phew~, good thing I searched and confirmed.
    … Not only that, this has been here for January, and it’s alive and kicking again o_o.

  15. i got the same email recently.. haven’t gotten any responce from ericisson.. dug deeply and found out it all a hoax

  16. I have sent this promotion to 21 people that I know+to yourself. What happens now regarding receiving the free laptop
    regards
    G Atkins

  17. this same type thing happening in the case of Microsoft also. but they say that microsoft will pay you for each mail you forwards.

  18. hello, i am delight tegbe a student of knust kumasi, Ghana reading biotechnology, please i find it very difficult in presentations, assignments, and projects just because i find it difficult to have a laptop. please ericsson company i want u to help me out because i am suffering always going on yhe net to find someone who could help me but i know you will be my saviour.
    my address
    delight tegbe
    tema happy home school complex
    c/o p.o. box tt 343
    tema manhean
    ghana west africa

    • @delight tegbe
      This is only a scam. How do you believe someone giving you a huge incentive without doing anything in return??

  19. I have sent this promotion to 10 people that I know to yourself. What is left receiving the free laptop I wondered, “ Sony Ericsson, a Laptop!?” I only know Ericssons as cellular phones, so I had doubts.but I hope …

  20. I am a student of creative art,i need a laptop for the course,please help me in the name of God.

  21. I am a student reading economics and i don’t have a laptop to study ahead an research.i need it pls.

  22. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING AROUND THE WORLD.
    I AM A CAMEROONIAN,A MASTER DEGREE STUDENT OF THE ABOVE
    SCHOOL.FOR SOMETIME NOW I HAVE STOP MY PROGRAM BECAUSE
    OF NOW LAPTOP.PLEASE,I NEED ONE BUT THERE IS NO MONEY.
    I NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
    THANK YOU.

  23. Dear Sir,
    Am Samuel Atta Mensah ,from Elmina- Ghana,West Africa.
    Yes,i will be very happy if i get A LAB TOP from you .
    I Badly need a LAB TOP COMPUTER.Indeed if i get this offer from you, i please hope that it will be a bless to me as well as my Community. This is because, many (pupil) young students in my community are ignorant in ICT.and i will do well and introduce them to the little i know in ICT since ICT is now learn t in our all basic schools. Am a Student and i almost spend my little time i get to teach this Children in the House for free. so if i get this gift(Lab Top) from you, i can also use it to help these ignorant children in ICT, as it helps me as well in my academies. i kindly hope i will hear back in good spirit.
    Thank you.

  24. Please i am a teacher in ghana,i would be very glad if you could kindly send me one of your laptops to teach my students.I count on your usual cooperation

  25. I am I.C.T teacher in Ghana I need Quality Laptop from a reliable company and I held of Laptop Promotion from a reputable company like yours how may I get one. is it true your Promotion? and is it true that there is free laptop promotion. In fact I trust your product even your phones. Please, help me to get one because I have alot of teachers who want quality product like that of yours. I hope this will help Ghanaian students with the introduction of Information Communication Technology in Ghana. Do will to let us taste your product. thanks