Email Hoaxes

By | November 21, 2008

I have received not only one, but two email hoaxes from friends within three days of themselves.

The first one is the good old “Bill Gates will give you money if you forward this”, the other being “Ericsson giving away free laptops”.

Now here is some of the transcript from the emails, and why they are hoaxes.

First email, Bill Gates / AOL giving away money (Seems too good to be true).

Subject: Please read!!!! This was on Oprah!
Content: THIS WAS FEATURED ON TWO PAGES OF THE TUESDAY USA TODAY – IT IS FOR REAL

Dear Friends; Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, you will regret it later.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay
you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on,
Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives
it, You will be paid $241.00. Within tw! o weeks, Microsoft will contact
you for your address and then send you a check.

Now how does Microsoft know your address and where to send the cheque too. Further down in the email, it states one person received $24,000. Bill is also putting most of his money into the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. So what makes you think your so important for Microsoft to give away money for nothing?

Second email, Ericsson giving away free laptop.

Subject: Free Ericsson Laptops – HURRY UP?
Content: Ericsson is distributing free laptops for their brand promotion.
They hope to increase their popularity and sale by this campaign.
All you need to do is send an email about this to 8 people and you will receive an Ericsson T18 Laptop.  However, if you send an email about this to 20 or more people, you will receive an Ericsson R320 Laptop.

Make sure you send a copy to: anna.swelung@ericsson.com.

If you do a quick Google Search on the T18 and also on the R320, you will find this is a mobile phone, not a laptop. Now this email has been going around for quite a few years, as with the previous Bill Gates / AOL one.

You can read more about the Microsoft / AOL hoax over at Hoax Slayer and Snopes. You can read more about the Ericsson hoax over at Hoax Slayer and Urban Legend.

I’m sure there are other sources of information out there, if you do some Googling you can find results easy.