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“Send this Email to 8 people”

How many of us have received such emails? I have seen a plenty of them. The one that urges u to ‘forward’ is the “Forward this to 20 people” and receive a ‘free laptop’ from a branded company, or ‘See a miracle’ in 10 days, Or ‘Receive good news’ in 5 hours, Or even the worse ones like ‘Forward this to 20 people or ur mother dies in 20 hours’.  Who has not seen a message about the mobile company offering free talk time for forwarding the message to at least 10 people. People somehow for the love and care of the family or for the free gift promised are becoming a part of many such online scams.

I just received a similar email a while ago; it urged me to put it on my blog. This email scam has been doing rounds on the internet for a while now, The ericsson ‘free laptop’ scam.This is the third time i have recieved any such email.

“Hi everyone,

The Ericsson Company is distributing free computer Lap-tops in an attempt to match Nokia that has already done so.  Ericsson hopes to increase its popularity this way. For this reason, they are giving away the new WAP laptops. All you need to do to qualify is to send this mail to 8 people you know. Within 2 weeks, you will receive EricssonT18. But if you can send it to 20 people or more, you will receive Ericsson  R320.

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

The scheme should be obvious enough, You send it to 8 people cc’ing the same to Ms. Anna Swelang. Depending on how many ‘inbox’es the message makes to, Ms. Anna Swelungs inbox should be full with email id’s of you and your friends, not forgetting the whole list of ur friends -friends who also received the email too. The scam works because people tend to become attracted to something, In this one a ‘Free’ laptop. Also there are no registrations required or any such thing, all the user is expected to do is to forward ti to 8 other people.

How do u think some banks get your newly purchased mobile numbers to sell their credit cards or loans? They are all bought at some price from people who posses the information. Ms. Anna Swelung now has a database with may be millions records. These databases are then sold to spammers around the world who would sell u anything from Viagra, to offering free goodies with a link that will need to follow. Private companies maintain such databases and sell it to users for a hefty sum while holding on to a copy of it.

The Big Love Rip Off- The Nigerian Bank Scam

‘U have won a lottery’, ‘Please transfer the money from Nigeria to Thailand’ scams. These are uniquely designed to extract personal, financial information from likely users. Users are requested to reply to the email with some of their personal information that was required to test the genuity of the person claiming the prize, it was a kind of verification process they said. Many people around the world have lost money to the scam or have revealed information that they would never share. Luckily, not many people known to me have been fradulated with this scam. One of my friends could have become a part of it had he not discussed about it with me. He was filling in the details and was almost ready to send it. I warned him about it and showed him ways to identify if the message was a scam. The information once available can be used by anybody, anywhere, for any purpose. Looking up Google is the best way to identify the scam.For more on this scam, look up ‘Anna Swelung’ on Google. For more online scams, look up ‘Online scams‘ on Google.

These days, The spam filter has been catching all such emails as ‘spam’, but u cant stop your friends id with spam right? It then depends upon u to take the scam or trash it!

Ever wondered why there was a whole list of email id’s as a part of the original email message. That’s probably because your friend forwarded u the contents ‘just like that’. When u forward an email, the email id of the person who sent u the email gets added as a part of it, u then ‘Send’ it to your friend; who then forwards it to a few others. As the email does rounds on the internet more email id’s get added to it and if one such email is traced by a spammer, u know what could happen. U could however be lucky, if your friend has been using a nickname to send u emails only the nickname appears in the email instead of the full email id.

To conclude, Anna Swelang is a fake identity, for that matter there is no body with this name in Ericsson mobiles. Ericsson does not even manufacture Laptops!! Apparently the R320 promised as a free laptop for forwarding the email is a discounted mobile from Ericsson. Do not open emails from unknown sources or click any links given on such email. U then open doors to the whole world of spam marketing.

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  1. pujagarwal
    September 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    This is a very familiar situation to most of us…..I too receive many many such e-mails but trust me i just move them to spam without even reading…..the subject mentions it all actually 😉

    My dad was telling me a few days back that if I really won something and moved the mail to trash or spam without noticing it — then what?? But , I believe that losing something unknowing wouldn’t hurt as much as these craps do….by consuming a hell lot of time!! 🙂

    🙂
    Puja

  2. Kunal
    September 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Well, there are ways identify whether something is genuine or fake.
    Most of them get caught by the spam filter, but most make it through because they come from a trusted source. It’s up to us to decide whether it is genuine or spam 🙂

  3. Ambika
    September 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    The one word that comes to my mind whenever I read the Subject Line of such mails is “DELETE” (highly recommended) 😀

  4. Kunal
    September 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    True! That’s the easiest thing to do..

    To get people to do the same, i would forward the same email 8 times back to them.. What would they do then? Delete!!

    Sometimes it gets on my head when i see my fellow co-workers who are supposedly software engineers believe such things! This does not go down individually, they forward such mails on the group email id. What the!!!

    Nice to see ur comments Ambika! Thanks for taking a look.

  5. indians pharmacy
    September 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Very interesting article, anywhere before anything like this unreadable, thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  6. Kunal
    September 29, 2008 at 8:42 am

    U r most welcome! Thanks for reading the article btw..

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