Ericsson free phone offer is a hoax

By Julian Matthews
Thursday, April 13 2000

KUALA LUMPUR–An email promising a free handphone from Swedish telco giant Ericsson and circulating among Asian Internet users is a hoax, confirmed a company spokesperson today.

“Ericsson is not giving away free phones. The chain mail is a fraud and there is no person with the name of Anna Swelund working at Ericsson. At Ericsson, we are constantly looking at new, innovative ways to market ourselves, chain emails is not one of them,” said Peter Bodor, public relations manager of Ericsson Mobile Communications in an email response.

Bodor said the company first detected the fake mail at the end of March and has received about 1,000 mail since, mainly from Europe, and also from the US and Asia.

He added, however, the volume did not crash its mail server.
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Four Charged with Spreading Riot Rumors over Internet

By Julian Matthews

September 30, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Four people were charged in a Malaysian court on Sept. 24 with spreading rumors of riots in the capital city over the Internet.

This is the first such case of its kind in Malaysia.

A woman and three men claimed trial to the charges and were released on bail. The timing of the start of trials might be a warning to local Internet users not to use the medium to stir up incidents in the city, already troubled by demonstrations in the last two weeks over the sudden sacking of deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim.

The woman, logistic trainer Tan Lai Yee, and three men, finance manager Wong Yoon Sing, bank officer Au Yong Wai and site supervisor Lee Chun Meng, were charged in separate courts with committing the offense under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code.

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Internet Users Arrested for Spreading Riot Rumors

By Julian Matthews

August 17, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysian police have arrested three people for allegedly spreading rumors of riots in the capital city via the Internet.

The three are being held under Section 73 (1) of the Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows them to be held for up to 60 days.

A special police team set up to investigate the rumors arrested a 37-year-old computer firm employee at his office and a 25-year-old woman at a construction firm on Aug. 11, and a bank employee in his 30s, on Aug. 12.

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