Friday, August 25, 2006

Revenge of the Chain Letter!

Earlier today, I received a chain email that simply wouldn't go away:

> let's promote this. the brand and products are really good!

> Subject: Sony Ericsson Promo
> Dear all,
> I just want you guys to take hold of this opportunity from Ericsson.
> Ericsson is distributing cell phones for free over the internet to
> compete
> with Nokia, which is doing the same. They want to be better known
> through
> the Internet by word of mouth and so they are giving away their new WAP
> phone. All you need to do is mail this to 8 of your acquaintances.
> In two weeks you will receive an Ericsson T18. If you send this email to
> 20
> people or more, you will receive an Ericsson R320 Wap Phone.
> Don't forget to mail a copy of this email to
> to
> ensure that your participation is noted.
> PLS: It's not a joke.
> J***** O**
> Assurance and Advisory Services
> SGV & Co

Duh! Correct me if I'm wrong but the originator of the email seems to be a fairly intelligent person (I purposely obfuscated his name so as not to besmirch it any more than it has already been) considering that he is from SGV -- a respected local accounting firm.  However, there's a lesson to be learned here:

  1. This message may have been in vogue five years ago, the Ericsson brand had long been renamed as "Sony Ericsson".  The phone models mentioned (T18 and R320) have long been buried in obsolescence.
  2. WAP phones are sooooo 20th century.  The least they (the originator of this old chain email that is) could do is to offer a more believable phone, a 3G phones perhaps?
  3. I pity "", she must've been swamped with unwanted messages during the heyday of this chain email.  If that email address is still active, I pity it even more because it is again being swamped by unwanted chain emails.
  4. Lastly, forwarding emails CAN NOT AND WILL NOT:
  • give you a cellphone
  • donate money to a dying kid somewhere
  • give you good luck
  • prompt Bill Gates to give you money
Now, I do hope this chain email dies a gruesome death -- permanently!

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