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Outback Steakhouse Chain Letter
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Description:  Email hoax
Circulating since:  May 2000
Status:  False
Analysis:  See below
 

Email example contributed by Michele Sawyer, 05/27/00:

Urgent!!

We have rented an email tracker for the next 3 months! We at RH Power Inc. want to see how many people our email can reach in this time! If you forward this mail, you will be PAID MONEY!!!!
This email must be sent immediately upon receiving this for it to be counted. For every person you send this to you will receive $413! For every person they send this to you will receive $139!
I too Ryan LaGrange, Head Marketing Manager, thought this was a hoax until I did the same this and the next month got a check for $4612 in the mail!

*******************BONUS***********************

IF YOU SEND THIS TO AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE RIGHT AWAY, A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE WILL POP UP ON YOUR SCREEN PRINT OUT THIS--IT IS A GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!


Comments:  Ho-hum, it's another "email tracking" scheme offering free merchandise for forwarding a chain letter — of which there are now more than a dozen in circulation. They are all pranks, and all follow roughly the same formula.

Compare the language in the first part of this newer message to the "Newell Company" chain letter making the rounds since February 2000. Consider the absurdity, evident in both messages, of an executive of the very company from which the email supposedly originated saying, "I, too, thought this was a hoax until I tried it myself."

Piffle.

One of the secrets to the longevity of such chain letters, obviously, is that a lot of people neither read carefully what's in them nor think about what they've read.

There happens to be an advertising firm doing business under name "RH Power" in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but we doubt they had anything whatsoever to do with this email.   And there is, of course, an Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain in the U.S., but this message did not originate from them. A statement on Outback's Website states:

If you are contacting us about a chain email you have received please note that the email is not in any way affiliated with Outback Steakhouse. As with Gap, Bath and Body Works, etc. many large companies are targeted with such fraudulent problems.

No reputable companies use chain letters to distribute free merchandise, period.


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