Today, I received an email with the following message:
Please find attached the offer of free laptop from Ericsson.
In the mail, I was one of 13 people copied, and there was a Microsoft Word document attached with the following image embedded:
Immediately I read through the image, it was clear to me that this was a waste of time. Here were the immediate reasons:
- The image bears the “Sony Ericsson” logo and brand: Sony Ericsson does not exist anymore. Again, why the conflict between the branding and the claim that “Ericsson” is the one giving out laptops?
- It mentions an “Ericsson T18 laptop”. LOL. The T18 was a 1999 Ericsson flip phone.
- It mentions an “Ericsson R320 laptop”. LOOOL. The R320 was a 2000 Ericsson phone. I owned one.
A quick search on the web also revealed that Ericsson has responded to the hoax with the following statement:
No, Ericsson is not giving away phones or laptops. The chain letter is a Fraud and has been circulating since April 2000.
2000? And people are still sending this around in 2014?