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Archive for September 4th, 2004

SPAM Scam Alert

Posted in Geekery on September 4th, 2004

I just got this in my inbox:

GLORIOUS LOTTERY AGENCY
Ref. Number: XXXXX
Batch Number: XXXXX

Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 4th of September 2004, your e-mail address attached to ticket number XX-XXX with serial Number XX-XXXXXX drew lucky numbers x-xx-x-xx-x-x which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of One Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000) CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Due to some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until you file for your claim. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

This is, of course, a scam of the first order.

Chances are they will ask for some sort of money up front or tell me I have to purchse something in order to be elligible yadda yadda yadda. A quick Google search came up with many hits on scam-debunking websites across the globe.

Move it straight to the round-file, folks.