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BS-mail Part 2: The stupidest hoax ever

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Hey, have you sent out eight e-mails to your closest friends so you can claim your free EricssonT18 laptop? Oh, you sent out 20 so you’ll receive the bigger, better model, the $320? You did remember to cc the forwards to Anna at ericsson.com, right.If so, you’ve been had, suckah. And it may be — strike that, it IS — the stupidest e-mail hoax EVER.


This colossally moronic bit of BS-mail apparently began earlier this year after all the easily duped fools out there in cyberland finally gave up on the getting the free movies from Blockbuster, the free plane ticket from Delta, dinner at Applebee's, money from Microsoft, etc., etc., jst for forwarding an e-mail to their friends. (A fairly comprehensive list of these hoaxes can be found at www.urbanlegends.about.com and look for “Current Netlore: 'Free Stuff' Chain Letters.”)


It’s usually a BS-mail with something like ‘Free laptops” or “Ericsson T18 & R320 Laptop Promotion” and states that Ericsson is trying to keep up with the Joneses — in this case, Nokia — by giving away laptops just for helping them spread the word.

Here’s a sample BS-mail “chain letter” on the subject:


“Hi everyone,

“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 : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Makes perfectly good sense. What company wouldn’t want to give away millions of laptops in exchange for eight to 20 e-mail addresses? That’s pure gold, right? Yeah, right.


To add insult to injury, earlier this year someone started adding statements like “I’ve checked on snopes and it is true.”


But you can go to www.snopes.com and look it up for yourself — the explanation about this particular hoax is plastered with a great big “FALSE.”


But here’s the real kicker, and I’m willing to bet that whoever came up with this hoax/gag is sitting in their parents' basement with uncontrollable giggles: You see, the Ericsson T18s and R320s are not laptops. They’re not even computers.


They’re cell phones. Not only that, but they’re old models. DISCONTINUED models.


But hey, it’s only a few e-mails eing sent to a few friends, right?

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