Growing up, there are a couple of commercials I distinctly remember and interestingly enough, both came from Coca Cola. We were not allowed to drink that as kids, but I've more than made up for that as I've aged.
As a total aside, I did not remember until I was reminded recently that the "Mean" Joe Greene spot aired during the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the "Miracle on Ice." Smart decision by Coke execs to buy time on that broadcast in hindsight.
Who knew then and frankly, who knows now, that the famous soda company runs a lottery, your friendly neighborhood blogger posits? Why did I morph into referring to myself in a vague third-person fashion? Why am I writing question after question?
Well, apparently I'm entitled to 500,000 GBP which is around $840,000 in today's exchange rates--not for drinking lots of the product, but for having my email address randomly selected for this contest. All I have to do is fork over some personal information and they'll put this money into my "ATM VISA CARD”.
Yeah, that's not going to happen. There are numerous problems with the below email that we've enumerated and described before. Just know that no one runs email lotteries that guarantee random people hundreds of thousands of dollars. That does not happen.
Have a great weekend everyone and just hit delete.
From: WWW.MYCOKEREWARDS.COM [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:13 PM
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS COCA-COLA AWARD.
W6 9HQ LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
TEL: +447010082998, FAX: +448712346513
WEB SITE: WWW.MYCOKEREWARDS.COM/
(TICKET N0: CCUK004412014 BALLOT N0: CCUK042014)
THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA
DEAR GUARANTEED AWARD WINNER
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU HAVE WON TOTAL SUM OF £500.000.00 GBP (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS) FOR THIS FIRST QUARTER 2014 INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL-DRAWS WHICH WAS ORGANIZED AND SPONSORED BY THE COCA-COLA COMPANY PROMOTION DEPARTMENT (CCPD). YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS AMONG THE WINNERS IN A RANDOM WORLD WIDE WEB COMPUTERIZED DRAW SYSTEM, EXTRACTED FROM OVER A MILLION COMPANIES ANS INDIVIDUAL EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ACTIVE ONLINE, TEN PEOPLE SELECTED YEARLY TO BENEFIT FROM THIS AWARD AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE SELECTED WINNER.
THIS PRIZE AWARD MUST BE CLAIMED NO LATER THAN 28DAYS, FROM THE DATE OF DRAW NOTIFICATION. ANY UNCLAIMED PRIZE WITHIN THIS PERIOD WILL BE CONFISCATE AND TRANSFER TO CHARITY ORGANIZATION. WINNERS SHALL BE PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS/HER SETTLEMENT/PAYMENT CENTER. THIS COCA-COLA COMPANY PROMOTION AWARD IS APPROVED BY THE BRITISH GAMING BOARD AND ALSO LICENSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GAMING REGULATOR (IAGR).
AN IRREVOCABLE PAYMENT GUARANTEE HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE “HSBC BANK LONDON” AND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) ON YOUR PAYMENT. HOWEVER, WE ARE HAPPY TO INFORM YOU THAT BASE ON OUR RECOMMENDATION/INSTRUCTION, YOUR COMPLETE WINNING-PRIZE-PAYMENT HAVE BEEN CREDITED IN YOUR FAVOR THROUGH “ATM VISA CARD”.
YOU ARE TO CONTACT “US” VIA E-MAIL (NATIONWORLDMSAPA@LIVE.COM) AND PROVIDE THE BELOW STATED INFORMATION FOR CLAIM PROCESS.
FILL THIS FORM (VERIFICATION FORM)
01• NAME: ____
02• HOME ADDRESS: ____