Applebee’s E-mail Promising Free Gift Certificates is a Hoax

An e-mail promising free Applebees gift certificates for forwarding it to your friends is a hoax. The e-mail is similar in spirit and syntax to a Cracker Barrel hoax that’s also circulating.

And like that piece, the only thing this bit of annoying net-flotsam is good for is annoying your friends.

Here’s the e-mail:

Date Collected: March 6, 2002
Hey guys,

It really works, I tried it and got my Gift certificate confirmation number in 3 minutes.

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.

Bill Palmer
Founder of Applebees
Visit us at:

It’s nice when a debunking is simple and straightforward, as is the case with this one: Applebees explicitly states on their guest relations web site that this e-mail is bunk.

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