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Gift Certificate from
Applebees Restaurants for Forwarding an Email to Your Friends-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor This message claims to come
from the founder of Applebees' restaurants. It says that they
want to get the word out to people in rural areas and if you'll
forward the email to 9 other people, you'll get a confirmation number
for a $50 gift certificate from them.
The Truth: According to a spokesperson
at Applebees International, as well as the Applebees website at www.applebees.com,
this is a hoax and they company has nothing to do with it.
It has circulated on the Internet since the late nineties and, like
Haley's comet, seems to come back on a regular basis.
It is similar to eRumor hoaxes offering gift certificates to Cracker
Barrel and Outback restaurants.
Last updated 9/14/01
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Gift Certificate
My name is Bill Palmer, founder of Applebees. In an attempt to get our
name out to more people in the rural communities where we are not
currently located, we are offering a $50 gift certificate to anyone who
forwards this email to 9 of their friends.
Just send this email to them and you will receive an
email back with a confirmation number to claim your gift certificate.
Founder of Applebees
Visit us at:www.applebees.com
DONT DELETE THIS EMAIL
It really works, I tried it and
got my Gift certificate confirmation number in 3 minutes.
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