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£100 of M&S Vouchers (Is this spam?)

My friend just sent me this email. I was just wondering if anyone else has seen it and whether they know if it's spam or not:

"Marks & Spencers, in conjunction with Persimmon Homes, are giving away
free 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
8 people (for £100 of free vouchers) or 20 people (for £500 of free
vouchers). Within 2 weeks you will receive an e-mail with your vouchers
attached.They will contact you through your e-mail address. Please mark
a copy to: Mail address removed by BG

It's similar to the Sainsbury's one a couple of years ago but this time the Persimmon Homes email seems to be real.


  • asharon
    asharon Posts: 1,226 Forumite
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    Most people will make up or rahter give a company 20 email addresses for free let along £100 so smells like spam.
    Nice to save.
  • Midas
    Midas Posts: 596 Forumite
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    Absolutely, definitely :spam:
  • woohoo_postingid
    woohoo_postingid Posts: 1,093 Forumite
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    £500 for 20 email addresses that they can get for free anywhere on the web?

    Think about it
  • System
    System Posts: 178,109 Community Admin
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    set up 8 x hotmail accounts and use them soley for this purpose!

    I'll bet you get:

    1. No Money
    2. More Spam than you could eat in a lifetime
  • Ytaya
    Ytaya Posts: 326 Forumite
    Think about it logically. How will they verify that you sent the email out to 8, 20 or even 1 person? There's no way to do that. This type of email is just plain chainmail spam.

    Edit for clarity: I mean 8 or 20 real actual people, not just 8 or 20 random, made-up email addresses.
  • heatherw_01
    heatherw_01 Posts: 6,566 Ambassador
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    Definetly spam
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  • ollyshaw
    ollyshaw Posts: 704 Forumite
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    Please do not forward this on.

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  • xycom1
    xycom1 Posts: 784 Forumite
    Why not ask yourself how they could possibly know whether you press the forward button and send it to anyone, or just press delete and then decide for yourself. :rolleyes:
  • cjb02
    cjb02 Posts: 608 Forumite
    I've just got this from a mate too. It has to be spam. Although it is clogging peoples email boxes up.

  • tcluk
    tcluk Posts: 4 Newbie
    xycom1 wrote: »
    Why not ask yourself how they could possibly know whether you press the forward button and send it to anyone, or just press delete and then decide for yourself. :rolleyes:

    Because if you read the instructions you are asked to cc the email to someone at Persimmon homes, whose mailbox is now clogged with thousands of emails.

    This seems like someone with a grievance against the company getting revenge.
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