The email of my dreams! A lottery you can win $500,000 in without ever buying a ticket! Even better, you don’t even have to know that it exists at all! Just post a comment to someone’s weblog and wait for the robots to come by and scrape your address! And it’s backed by Mr. Bill Gates himself, so it’s got to be real! Oh boy, am I lucky!
Oh, wait, it’s just spam…
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From: AWED INTERNATIONAL LOTTO BV email@example.com
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 19:39:35 +0200
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AWED INTERNATIONAL LOTTO.BV PROMO/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT. ADDRESS: KRUISLAAN 408, 1098 SJ, AMSTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS. REF: AIL/7585021-47/03 BATCH: 3799/75937467/HM ATTENTION: RE / AWARD NOTIFICATION / PROCESSING ADVICE: AL We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 26th April, 2004 of winners of the SCIENTIFIC GAME PROMO LOTTERY; THE NETHERLANDS / INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 22nd April,2004. Your email address attached to ticket number 89-02897893, with serial number 95020 drew the lucky numbers 14-21-33-42-49-63, and consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved of a lump sum pay out of US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in credited to file REF NO. AIL/7585021-47/03. This is from total prize money of US$2,500,000.00 shared among the international winners in our 1st -5th categories. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually. CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now in custody of a financial Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. This lottery program was promoted by our group of philanthropist headed by Mr. Bill Gates. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$10,000,000 million Dollars International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your file/claim officer: MR. PAUL ANDRAS,of AWED INTERNATIONAL LOTTO.BV (AMSTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS). On TEL: 0031-.620-677-376 Fax: 0031-206964994 Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of THE NETHERLANDS will be required to procure an Affidavit of lotto claim papers/Court clearance certificate from the Court prior to award payment policy of the Gaming Board of Netherland and required by the paying Financial Security Company. Please be aware that your Paying Authority will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this processing Agent. For due processing and remittance of your winning prize to designated account of your choice, please treat as urgent. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 7th May, 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERY REPLY SHOULD BE SENT AS AN E-MAIL ATTACHMENT TO ENHANCE ELIGIBLE VIEW. Congratulations once again from our team of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is AUTOMATICALY DISQUALIFIED. Sincerely, Mrs. Ann Robert (Lottery Coordinator