Here’s an email that recently showed up in my Inbox…
WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We are officially informing you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 3rd of January, 2006 as part of our promotional programs for the year 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 77007742781005-18721 with reference number 414-3721060 drew winning numbers 7-00-71-00-66-49 and credited to batch number 121cfc,which consequently won in the 3rd category via our electronic ticket as stated above. You have therefore been approved for a pay out of £1,800,000.00 (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds).
Just in case you can’t comprehend 1,800,000.00 they spell it out for you.
Total funds have now been deposited and insured with our affiliate security firm (Bank) for transfer into your nominated bank account either by means of wire transfers through any of our correspondent banks or any other means suitable to you. We also advice that you keep your winning information very confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some individuals.
Think I should give them my bank account number so they can DEPOSIT in my account? perhaps my SSN would speed up the transfer, and while I’m at it I’ll just give them my place of birth, my mother’s maiden name, my first pet’s name, and my favorite super hero.
BLA BLA BLA !!!
All participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn from over 800,000 company and 1,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually and we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year £20 Million Pounds International Lottery.
Wow, they picked me out of all those people?? I must be “special”
To file for your claim, you will be contacting our Verification Department authorized to verify and process your claims for your total payment (You will receive more information upon your acknowledgment of this email).
I won’t be contacting the Verification Department.
I won’t I won’t I won’t
Please Note that winnings must be claimed not later than 31th of March, 2006. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in our subsequent program coming up later in the year. In order to avoid complications always quote your reference number in all correspondence.
Hmmmm think I’ll wait and let the lottery get really big with even more unclaimed funds.
To file for your claim, please contact our Verification Department:
Reply Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone wants to reply and claim the price… well it’s your identity to give away as you see fit.
Now where’s that offer from the son of an ousted Nigerian minister of something? I think he needs my help.