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Thursday 22 July 2010

amanda.lee@blackberry.co.za is not offering a free BlackBerry

A variation on this hoax email analysed at Hoax-Slayer indicates that someone has a grudge against Research in Motion (who make the BlackBerry range of smartphones) in South Africa.

There's a watermarked image stolen from Mobile Gazette to go with it (who are nothing to do with the hoax).. now with a blurry couple of photos from people claiming that they have their free BlackBerry.

This is just a hoax.. nobody is going to send you a €400 smartphone (about 3800 rand) for forwarding a few emails. It probably just exists to harass the company or whoever "Amanda Lee" might be. Don't forward it.

Dear All,
Blackberry is giving away  free phones as part of their promotional drive.
All you need to do is send a copy of this email to 8 people; and you will receive your phone in less than 24 hrs.
Please note that if you send to more than 20 people you will receive two phones.
Please do not forget to send a copy to: amanda.lee@blackberry.co.za 
With Regards,
Amanda Lee (Marketing Manager)
Office Number: 0117838512 

Someone has added to the email:
Hi guys,

This is real we got our phones today , the previous email, had the incorrect email address, should be @blackberry.co.za, and not @blackberry.com

And there are a couple of pictures no doubt ripped from the web:

My best advice is that if you get one, tell the sender that it is a hoax and point them to this post or Hoax-Slayer.

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