Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2005]
Maybe able to use this as a Xmas gift for family or friends? Sony is giving away PSP consoles "FREE"!! Sony is trying word-of-mouth advertising to introduce its products. And the reward you receive for advertising for them is a PSP free of cost! To receive your free PSP all you need to do is send this email out to
Within 2 weeks you will receive a free PSP!
(They contact you via your email address).
**IMPORTANT You must send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no free Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) units to be had simply for forwarding an e-mail to
You may have noticed a 'bogus' email that has been circulating the internet with offers of a "FREE" PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) as a reward for participating in a "word-of-mouth" campaign.
Please be aware that this email and email address is not ours, is not authentic and is no way endorsed by Sony Computer Entertainment. We recommend that any recipient of this email deletes the file and does not follow any links or open any attachments.
The bottom line is that no matter which incarnation of this silliness one receives, the principle is the same: there's still no free lunch, and big companies aren't going to hand out fabulous vacations, $1,000 bills, free trendy clothes, new computers, cases of candies, wads of cash, new cars, or video game consoles just because someone with a functioning Internet connection does them the favor of forwarding an
Last updated: 26 October 2005
Hearn, Louisa. "Scammers Play Games with Sony." Sydney Morning Herald. 26 October 2005.