The name says it all

I found the following in my spam folder this morning (gmail is doing its job):

Gareth & Catherine Bull <yamaguchi-zb@m5.gyao.ne.jp>
   
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:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2091124/EuroMillions-winners-Gareth-Catherine-Bull-scoop-41MILLION-lotto-jackpot.html

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.

Full Name:
Mobile No:
Age:
Country:
Send your response to (garethbul2012@hotmail.co.uk)

Best Regards,
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.

Cat.

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4 thoughts on “The name says it all

  1. Don’t know you, Just did a google search of the email and found your page. He sent me this:

    Hello,

    My name is Bradley Meyers. I work with one of the leading banks here in
    London, UK.

    I would need your consent to present you as the next of kin to our late
    customer who died in an auto crash in 2008. He was a wealthy business
    man and he deposited a huge amount in our bank. He died without any
    registered next of kin and he was long divorced and had no child.

    I was his account officer and I have mapped out modalities which I will
    use to present you as his beneficiary next of kin. I contacted you
    because you have same name identity with our late customer and can
    perfectly fit in as next of kin, We can work together to claim this fund.
    Please listen, this is real and goes on in several banks all over the
    world without people knowing.

    Let us utilize this opportunity because it does not come always. A lot
    of customers open private accounts with different banks without the
    knowledge of their family members and when they die, such monies will be
    lost to the Bank unless someone comes to claim it.

    This is how a lot of bank directors make so much money silently.

    On your confirmation of receipt of this message and indicating your
    interest, I will furnish you with more details.

    I Await Your Urgent Response.Please Reply To This Email (bradley.m008@
    live.com)

    Best Regards,

    Bradley Meyers

    Obviously a scam and It wasn’t detected by hotmail as spam.

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    • Yes, obviously a scam or more likely a phishing expedition. Had you replied, you probably would have been asked for all sorts of personal information that would allow these people to steal your identity or drain your bank account. Just delete these messages and above all, never ever follow any links or open any attachments. Doing so may allow them to plant something unwanted on your computer such as a key logger (to capture your passwords) or a virus of some kind.

      I’ve found the gmail spam filter can be extremely enthusiastic on occasion and will put legitimate mail in the spam folder but I’d rather that than find all that spam in my regular inbox.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Cat

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  2. I just received an email from a “Jim Henderson” claiming to be a business man of some sort!!! Who would like to lend me some money!!!!

    I am Mr Jim W. Henderson certify private loan lender at 2%
    Are you looking for urgent loan to finance your project and pay off your bills, Here is your opportunity to apply at Henderson loan Firm, I offer all types of loan Interested person must be honest,contact me via email: private.henderson@qq.com

    Best Regards
    Mr.Jim W. Henderson
    Managing Director

    Don’t touch this one with a barge pole!!!!

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    • Agreed. The only person who would benefit would be “Mr Jim W. Henderson”. And you would think that with a name like “Jim Henderson” his English would be better.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Cat

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