Here is the text of a mail I received today.
Ericsson are distributing free laptops for their brand promotion.
They hope to increase their popularity and sales 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I really doubt if anybody actually believes such mails. But the very fact that my friend has forwarded it to me indicates that either he believes what the mail says or even if he is 99% sure that it’s a hoax, he does not want to take a chance with the remaining 1%. What if this mail was true and what if Ericsson is indeed giving away those freebies? So he forwards the mail. After all, it takes only a couple of minutes for anybody to forward the mail to 8 or 20 people. So, just like my friend, most people prefer to forward such mails rather than delete it.
As for this particular mail, there seems to be two versions of the hoax, one which says Ericsson is distributing free laptops and other that says Ericsson is giving away free phones. Anyway, Ericsson has officially announced that this mail is a fraud.
Note: Just for the records, I didn’t forward the mail to anyone.