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Netlore Archive:  Email hoax claims recipients will receive a free Sony PSP console if they forward the message to 20 other people

Description:  Email hoax
Circulating since:  October 2005
Status:  False
Analysis:  See below
 

Email example contributed by Cindy T., 12 October 2005:

Subject: PSP GIVEAWAY!!!

Dear all

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 20 people for a PSP value pack(see attached picture).

Within 2 weeks you will receive a free PSP!

(They contact you via your email address).

**IMPORTANT You must send a copy to pspgiveaway@sonyworld.com IMPORTANT**

Kind Regards,

Faheem Mohommed
Sony Head of Marketing
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 08:15 - 16:45
Fri 08:15 - 16:30
Telephone Number: (+2721) 61-220-044
Fax Number: (+2721) 61-220-016

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Comments:  Hoax. This chain letter did not originate from the Sony Corporation, nor is it a valid promotional offer. Sony is not giving away free PSP consoles to people who forward chain letters.

A notice on the Web site of Sony South Africa (South Africa being the apparent country of origin of this hoax) states the following:

It has recently been brought to Sony South Africa's attention that a hoax e-mail is being circulated offering a free PSP. Although Sony playstation is distributed by Ster Kinekor in South Africa,Sony South Africa would like to alert all customers of this hoax.

Please be aware that this is definitely a hoax e-mail and shouldn't be responded to. Sony South Africa is in the process of taking the necessary actions.

Best Regards,
Consumer Information Centre
Sony South Africa

The email address pspgiveaway@sonyworld.com yields an "unknown recipient" error. The domain name sonyworld.com is registered to David Webb/"Bestinfo" in Richardson, Texas. The Web site at that URL contains text ads for independent companies purveying Sony products. It is not owned or operated by the Sony Corporation.


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Sources and further reading:

Hoax Email: PSP Giveaway
Sony South Africa news release, 12 October 2005

PSP Email Hoax
Playstation News (Australia), 26 October 2005

Scammers Play Games with Sony
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 2005


Last updated: 10/26/05


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