Email claims that Sony Ericsson is giving away free phones to recipients who send the message on to 8 or 20 people (Full commentary below.)
Knowing how our young are always on the lookout for an upgrade to the latest phones why not pass on to all your friends and relatives the following mail from Sony Erricsson:-
SonyErricsson is giving away phones for free. SonyErricsson is Trying word-of-mouth advertising to introduce its product and the reward You receive for advertising for them is a free phone free of cost.
To receive your free phone all you have to do is to send this email Out to 8 people (for a free SonyErricsson j200i) or 20 people (for a Free SonyErricsson k400i WAP).
Within 2 weeks you will receive a free phone. (They will contact you through your e-mail address). Please mark a copy to: – firstname.lastname@example.org
The email message included above is a hoax.
Sony Ericsson will not give the recipient of this email message a free phone even if he or she does send it to 8 or more people. Those who send an email to the contact address included in the email will receive the following automated message from Sony Ericsson:
This message / promotion is not a genuine Sony Ericsson promotion. We suspect that the people behind this hoax virus/email campaign hope to obtain and misuse the personal data of those who participate.Please do not forward this promotion on.
Versions of this aging email hoax have been circulating for several years. The original incarnation targeted Nokia rather than Ericsson, but the content of the message was very similar to the example shown above.
After the Nokia hoax began circulating, someone launched the first Ericsson version (shown below) that claimed Ericsson wanted to “counter” Nokia’s offer by giving away free Ericsson phones.
Interestingly, both the Nokia and Ericsson adaptations of the hoax claim to be endorsed by one “Anna Swelund”, or variations such as “Anna Swelam” and Anna Swelan”.
As stated, there are several mutations of this hoax, all of them equally false. It would be highly unlikely that Ericsson, Nokia, or any other reputable company, would launch a promotional campaign based on how many times a particular message was sent onward. If you receive one of these email hoaxes, please inform the sender that the message is untrue and do not send it to others.
An earlier Ericsson vesriosn:
All you have to do, is to forward this message to 8 friends. After two weeks delivery time, you will receive a Ericsson T18. If you forward it to 20 friends, you will receive the brand new Ericsson R320 WAP-phone. Just remember to send a copy to Anna.Swelund@ericsson.com – that is the only way we can see, that you forwarded the message.
Best of luck
Executive Promotion Manager for Ericsson Marketing