Got this new years greeting of sorts from one ''SWISS lottery" email@example.com
With a subject like "congratulations !!!!!!! (you have won €1,000,000.00 (one Million Euros) )" even you would have opened it. The mail said:
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 29 TH December 2004 of winners of the swiss lottery Sweepstakes International Programs, held on 2nd october 2004 as part of our promotional draws.
To mark our end of year promotional programme proudly sponsored by microsoft.Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America,Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program.
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 96-502-2315, with serial number 420-9 drew the lucky numbers 5, 6, 10, 19, 33, 51, 55, and consequently won in the Third Category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of euro/1,000,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for third category winners.
This is from the total prize money of euro/10,000,000 shared among the ten international winners in the Third category.CONGRATULATIONS!Your fund is now deposited with an affiliate bank insured in your name. 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 participantsof this program.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year (2004) high stakes euro/1.3 billion International Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately;Barr Edith JohnsonExternal service manager,Alpha-Consult Ltd
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than 20 february 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: ACL/FLW/12-F892697954BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.Yours Sincerely,MR C.A ElliOtThe Promotions Manager,swiss lottery SweepstakesP.O.Box 42PE3 8XHSwitzerland
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent with your full names, address ,telephone and phone numbers for processing of your prize.
NOTE THAT WE HAVE A REPUTABLE INSTITUTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THAT WILL HANDLE YOUR PRIZE CLAIMS BECAUSE OF VARIOUS INCIDENCE ON THE INTERNET .KNOW THAT YOU ARE PROTECTED.WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR
If only it were true! Sigh...