I found the following in my spam folder this morning (gmail is doing its job):
Gareth & Catherine Bull <email@example.com>
22:34 (12 hours ago)
My wife and I won the Euro Millions Lottery of £41 Million British
Pounds and we have decided to donate £1.5 million British Pounds each to
4 individuals worldwide as part of our own charity project.
To verify,please see our interview by visiting the web page below:
Your email address was among the emails which were submitted to us by
the Google, Inc as a web user; if you have received our email please,
kindly send us the below details so that we can transfer your £1,500,000.00
pounds in your name or direct our bank to effect the transfer of the funds to your operational bank account in your country, congratulations.
Send your response to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gareth & Catherine Bull
Notice this one didn’t contain the usual “undisclosed recipients”, just nothing for a recipient. And I didn’t think “the Google Inc” would disclose their customer lists. Well, “the Google Inc” might, but I doubt Google would.
Also notice that even though you are asked to reply to an email address in the UK the origin was actually Japan. Another sign it’s a scam.
And since this is a scam and I wouldn’t see a penny anyway, I’m going to bitch a bit. They won 41 million pounds (somewhere north of $60 million Canadian) and all they’re willing to do is give me a measly 1.5 million, or about $2,250,000 Cdn. Cheapskates.
Do not – repeat “do not” – give them any information. Doing so will only allow them enough access they can copy your identity. Just delete the message.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.