I won $950.000 in the lottery scam

Someone in Spain thinks I’m an idiot.

Today I received my first you’ve-won-the-lottery junk mail that made it past my spam-filter and into my inbox. Electronically. I’ve gotten one in analog-mail once, but that’s another post.

There’s so many wrong things with this I feel obligated to share, just for giggles. Here’s a the email in full. I’ll keeping all names and emails in here, as they are fuckers anyway.

from: Euromillion Loteria Español <johnrunyon@fuse.net>
subject: THE Euro Million lottrey award 2007.

YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY.

Lottery Group: Consolation Prize Group Your ticket
number:ES/007/05/12/MAD. with Serial
number GHT/2907/333/07
drew the lucky number: ES/108/41/90/LOTT.

Congratulation

You have You have been approve for the star prize of $ 950,000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand dollars. Only)

Software email lottery conducted by SPANISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS here in spain

In which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by software powered by
the Internet. Contact our Promotion Claims Agent.

National Trust Agency
Dr,Pualy Ulrich
Address: Avda .Del Petroleo 222 Polig
Madrid Spain.
E-mail:nationalagencias@aim.com

Sincerely,
Mrs. Grace Karimu
(Zonal Coordinator

And how many names and emails can one person use?

  1. The sender address is Euromillion Loteria Espanñol a.k.a.
  2. johnrunyon@fuse.net
  3. then there’s a “Promotion Claims Agent” – Dr,Pauly Ulrich (yes dr with a comma) with a
  4. @aim.com email,
  5. finally it’s signed by Mrs. Grace Karimu Zonal Coordinator

Awesome! And with enough spelling mistakes to loose a spelling bee against Ralph Wiggum. A quick search on “Euromillion Loteria Espanñol” gives nothing but hits saying scam, spam, ripp-off, junk, burn in hell and so on. The absolute highlight is the following line (emphasis is mine):

[…]e-mail addresses are picked randomly by software powered by
the Internet.

So the Internet chose me to win a lottery i didn’t enter. That is so nice. Thank you Internet.

Why some people still fall for this is beyond my belief. Searching any of the names in the email gives hundreds of hits on blogs, designated anti-scam websites, forums and so on, all saying scam. And with what a to me surprisingly high number of people who have actually taken the bate. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised though, there are a lot of people who thinks the Google or Yahoo! homepage is “the Internet“, and will look for their lost passwords there. Or search for http://www.google.com on AOL …

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3 responses to “I won $950.000 in the lottery scam

  1. i get at least ten of these a day.
    i remember watching something about this on 20/20 a while back and i wrote back to one once taking them around a wild goose chase.
    it was quite entertaining.
    haha.
    : )

  2. Hi
    Ive got the same letter.
    Check this out:

    You won the sum of $ 950,000.00 from our Monthly PROGRAME, you are
    here by advice to get back to us, to claim your prize.

    Contact Pauly Ulrich
    Email: nationalagencias@aim.com
    Claims Requirements:

    1.Full Names:
    2.Home Address:
    3.Sex:
    4.Phone Number:
    5.Nationality

    Mrs.Helen Anderson
    Online co-ordinator.

    Strange email :)

  3. Hello, yesterday a big police operation got at least 50 lottery scammers here in my city and i was curious if somebdoy had received a letter and posted in internet, please you must know that the persons who sent that were inmigrants from Nigeria mostly, and it s nothing about Spain and spanish people.
    Bye.