Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2007]
Subject: Marks and Spencers and Persimmon
Marks & Spencers, in conjunction with Persimmon Homes, are giving awayfree vouchers. Marks & Spencers are trying word-of-mouth advertising to introduce its products and the reward you receive for advertising for them is free non-refundable vouchers to be used in any M&S store. To receive your free vouchers by e-mail all you have to do is to send this email out to
Please mark a copy to: Andy.firstname.lastname@example.org
above-quoted jape is yet another version of a long-running Internet hoax that has been circulating in one form or another since 1997. The names of the companies involved and the supposed rewards to be had periodically change, but the basic
Neither British retailer
Neither Marks and Spencer or Persimmon Homes have made any such promotional offer. Please delete the hoax e-mail and notify the people to whom you have sent it that it is a hoax.
A hoax e-mail is being circulated offering a promotion of free Marks and Spencer vouchers for forwarding the
Neither Marks and Spencer or Persimmon Homes have made any such promotional offer.
Please delete the hoax e-mail and notify the people to whom you have sent it that it is a hoax.
This particular version of a long-running hoax began hitting inboxes in May 2007, and 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,
Last updated: 5 June 2007