• May 15, 2009
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We imagine the world of corporate PR to be a little bit of pushing your own message and a whole lot of "We need to respond to what?" We can also only imagine how Ford's PR folks felt today when issuing a statement in response to a hoax email that has been making the rounds.

When we got an email earlier today from the "Ford Motor Company," we assumed it was the company's latest announcement on whatever. But the subject line, "Ford Motor Company OFFERS: Ford Fusion HYBRID Model 2010", seemed a bit fishy, and when we opened the email, the spamminess was unmistakable. The email claims that, because of the terrible economy, Ford would love to sell you a new Fusion Hybrid for just $15,000, or about half of the vehicles $27,270 starting price. The official response (available after the break, along with the spam email text) from Ford is that everyone should just ignore the email.

One person who's going to have a hard time ignoring the email is Gary Settles, who is named in the email as Ford Sales Manager for FoMoCo. In reality, Settles is the sales manager for Paul Miller Ford in Lexington, Kentucky. Settles told AutoblogGreen that he has "no earthly clue" how his name got attached to the email, but speculated that it could be somebody local because of some of the wording in the email that matches letters he sends out to people who've purchased cars from him in the past.

Oh, and if you're curious, Settles will indeed sell you a Fusion Hybrid, but the models he has available are more in the $30,000 price rage.



[Source: Ford, Gary Settles]


FORD STATEMENT:

STATEMENT ON FORD FUSION HYBRID EMAIL HOAX

An email claiming Ford Motor Company is offering 2010 Fusion Hybrids for $15,000 each as part of a special program is not legitimate. The email sender does not represent Ford and no such program exists. We recommend people receiving the email delete it without opening the attachment.


HOAX EMAIL:

Dear Mr/Ms,

Due to the World Economy Recession, Ford Motor Company, Inc undergo a statistic fall in Sales and result in a drastic financial crisis this last season.

The United States Government has given us the opportunity to bounce back on our feet, but unfortunately we have not achieved the fund necessary.

Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to purchase a very good Auto at half of the price. We decided to pull the sales of 500 cars at a very low price for us to aquire the capital needed to bounce back in business and to use this medium to increase the scale of our valued customers.

We offer Ford Fusion HYBRID Model 2010:
Pricing Information: $15,500
Vehicle Features:
Transmission: Aisin Powersplit eCVT Auto
Package: HYBRID
Model: High Version
Engine: 2.5L Atkinson I4
Exterior: White Platinum Tri-Coat Met
Interior: Charcoal Black
VIN: 3FADP0L34AR136254 (more information in the file attached)

The payment shall be made in installments through the bank at 1 month after signing the contract.
If you are interested in this offer please fill out the contact form, A representative will contact you about this vehicle within five business day.

Sincerely,
Gary Settles,
Ford Sales Manager
Ford Motor Company
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126


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  • 19 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it that spammers seem to be incapable of putting together coherent sentences?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's better is that Gary Settles admits he writes like this. Maybe ol' Gary is the true source of all those Nigerian Oil Company spams.

        Gary, I'm still waiting for my 35% of the $22.8 million you promised. Oh yeah, and tell our mutual trusted friend I said thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It'll be funny when they track the IP on that email and its coming right from Settles' house or the dealership.


      CAN-SPAM anyone?


      (Puts on Viking helmet...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt did it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The funny thing about it is............I still wouldn't buy this ugly Ford $15,000k or not!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ok, just try to imagine for a moment you actually have $15k
        • 5 Years Ago
        $15,000k = $15,000,000. Your right, that is too expensive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and you were old enough to drive...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey- free marketing...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where do I get this $15K Fusion Hybrid?

      Sign me up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      And you make your payments to a Nigerian bank account? Riiiiiiiiight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Just keep on laughing! I have already ordered mine! It is coming the very next week!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because that email doesn't reek of spam.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More likely, Gary screwed someone over on a car deal and is reaping the wrath of some angry customer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you know its a hoax not just because the entire email STINKS of it, but if you look at the first sentence, you will notice one issue right away:

      "Due to the World Economy Recession, Ford Motor Company, Inc undergo a statistic fall in Sales and result in a drastic financial crisis this last season."

      notice how all the words in "World Economy Recession" are capitalized. This is incorrect grammatically, none of those words need to be capitalized, if you wrote this in a paper for work or school, the person looking over it would think you were a moron.

      i mean, come one people, im glad autoblog published this story, it was a good thing to do, but spam just makes me laugh, how anyone doesnt notice that this email was written by a moron with a 4th grade understanding of english escapes me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was probably written by a very shrewd person in a criminal enterprise somewhere in eastern Europe who doesn't speak English. And they make billions off stuff like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is just as bed as those cars on the web being sold for 4k and you have to use western union to pay and cars get shipped to you lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even with $15K off, it is still not enough to drive a Ford that will breakdown before the warranty is up.
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