Sorry, No Free Champagne

I’m not even sure what to make of this. Certainly it’s the first wine-related email scam/fraud I’ve ever heard of.

There is an email being forwarded around the Internet that promises free Veuve Clicquot Champagne for all those who continue to forward the message to ten others. The email reads:

  Greetings Champagne Lovers!!

Send this message to 10 people, with a copy to [email protected]
Veuve Clicquot France will contact you in order to deliver you a case of
champagne in three weeks. They are doing this in order to enlarge their
database. It does work and you receive six bottles in 15 days. Salut a tous
les amoureux du champagne

The good people at Veuve Clicquot have responded with a posting on their own website that reads:

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

It strikes me as a pretty dumb sort of hoax. I guess with all the efficiencies of the Internet has resulted in, people have lots of free time on their hands.

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One Response

  1. Richard Dean - March 1, 2007

    Simple Devon boy here,
    Yup I’ve just received this wonderful offer. Hic!
    I have responded back to the originator and copied in all of his recipients.. so hopefully it will work back up the line and the original scammer will end up getting inundated… or maybe that’s not how it works.

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