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Free Champagne Hoax Email


Email claims that Veuve Clicquot France will send a free case of champagne to those who forward the message to 10 people.

Brief Analysis

The message is a hoax that has been circulating since 2005 and it does not originate with Veuve Clicquot.


Subject: Free Champagne

Hello all Champagne lovers.

Send this message to 10 people, with a copy to [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED]

Veuve Clicquot France will contact you in order to deliver to you a case of champagne in three weeks.

They are doing this to enlarge their database. It does work and you receive 6 bottles in 15 days.

Salut a tous les amoureux du champagne.

Detailed Analysis

This email hoax is just one among many that claim recipients will receive something free in exchange for forwarding a message. In this case, recipients who forward the email to ten people will supposedly be rewarded with a case of free champagne from French wine maker, Veuve Clicquot.

Like similar emails, the promise of free gifts for participating is utterly untrue. The hoax has now been circulating for several years. If Veuve Clicquot were really giving away free champagne, it would have been obliged to hand-over thousands of bottles of the stuff by now - enough, I would think, to seriously erode the company's bottom-line. Smile

The absurd claim that the simple act of forwarding an email will result in a free case of champagne, or any other product for the matter, should be enough to identify this email is just another silly, bandwidth wasting hoax.

However, if any doubt remains, Veuve Clicquot itself has put the matter to rest once and for all by publishing the following disclaimer on its website:

Dear websurfer,

A promotional deal is currently on the Net regarding a free offer of a case of 6 bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

This is a hoax, totally beyond our control; and, of course, we are not the author. We do not gather any e-mail nor build up any database.

We strongly condemn the author of this hoax and hope that it will end.

Yours sincerely,

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Last updated: 29th December 2011
First published: 26 February 2005
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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