Last week, thousands of email users got a mail about a free
cell phone scheme apparently launched by Ericsson, a leading
mobile phone manufacturer. The original mail sent by one Mukund,
who claimed to be the zonal manager of Ericsson, also requested
the recipients to forward the mail to eight friends with a copy
in order to get a second-hand Ericsson cell phone free.
Whats more, it went on
to add that if the mail is forwarded to 20 persons one will get a
new mobile phone free. According to the mail, Ericsson, a major
competitor to Nokia and Samsung, has launched this free mobile
phone scheme to create awareness about its product among the
Responding to the email
sent to Ericsson communications director (Asia-Pacific) James Luo
to confirm the promo, Ranjivjit Singh, a company official, denied
any such scheme. Ericsson is not giving away free phones. The
chain email you have received is a conmans job and there is no
person with the name of Mukund working as a zonal manager at
Ericsson. We kindly ask you not to forward the chain email
Gone are days of chain
mails in the name of Lord Venkatachalapathi and Jesus Christ,
threatening dire consequences if the recipient does not make
copies of them and forward it to others. Now the technique is to
fool people evoking worldly interests or even sympathy.
A couple of weeks ago
there was a chain mail about some athlete being assured of
sponsorship by the ministry of sports if the mail is seen by some
specified number of people.
few days later there was another mail; it was about raising funds
for treatment of a baby suffering from a dreaded disease. The
message said AOL has agreed to pay 32 cents per email to the childs
parent towards medical expenses. There was a mention that AOL has
developed the necessary software to measure the number of persons
who have read the mail.
In the wake of millions
of systems crashing due to virus-carrying mails, net browsers
should be careful with
mails that carry provoking subjects.