"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 promotion to 8 people and you will receive an Ericsson T18 laptop.
However, if you send an email to 20 or more people, you will receive an Ericsson R320 laptop.
Make sure you send a copy to .............(email id)"
Carrying glittering offer, the email was spreading rapidly. It's surprising that the preys of these fishing hooks, are commonly the greedy people though, include a lot of educated and professional hands along with the people not much educated as well. The benefit to the directors of this drama is, attaining a database of email ids and contact details for utilising to promote their online marketing campaigns. The last line of the email precisely points out what it really intends.
It was five years back I received one SMS, asking to forward the same SMS to ten others that could win me 30Dh credit in my mobile phone! Repeatedly receiving the same message from many friends as forwarded, I was amazed, how the way people are responding to such kind of bloody traps. The very next day one newspaper reported, the SMS had spread widely and cheated a number of people while the intention behind it was just mockery. It's human-nature and a psychological fact that a person can easily be attracted by such tempting words.
My memory goes back to another email campaign a couple of years back. It was Microsoft itself then, offering the share of their profit to be divided through out the public. We would be surprised, what a generous man Mr Bill gates is! He would rather the poor and unknown commoners to be benefitted the shares of his hard earned money! As usual, many guys replied blindly. The logic to have a rethink, why such a giant businessman like Bill gates must orchestrate an email campaign to share his profit among the public, is losing us while the growing greed overwhelming the rational thoughts.
Winning lottery, nowadays, is another viably adopted method for cheating people. I had posted an interesting experience in my malayalam blog regarding this topic. This is the most dangerous way because a lot of people are being easily victimised to this, sending even their little salary to the cruel fishers, in order to embrace the heavenly fortune, for getting released their 'lottery-won money' from the legal formalities. Most of these incidents are remaining unknown as the preys are always asked to keep concealed the matter even from friends to ensure the safe delivery of the money.
And finally, we have to realise, money is not going to bring us happiness other than more and more greed. Happiness is nothing but a good health and a bad memory, as a saying goes.