MY DESK: MADISON -

"Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"

The call of ABC announcer Al Michaels from Lake Placid of the 1980 U.S.A. hockey team's win over the Soviet Union in the Winter Olympic Games is one of the most iconic ever broadcast in this country.

The idea that this plucky group of amateurs could defeat the previously invincible, rugged Soviets was one that captured a nation's attention and led to the now ubiquitous cheer of "U.S.A., U.S.A.," every time American pride is at stake.

Well, the email sent to us yesterday from Vic Duesel calls for us to believe in another miracle: that being, three of the main technology giants in the world today, Apple, Microsoft and Google, which have been engaged in their own version of a capitalistic cage match over the last decade, have somehow put aside their differences to award $500,000 to Vic's email address.

Suspending reality is often what these spammers/scammers rely upon. Consider our role here at The Spam Report as the naysayers, the water dousers, the skeptics. To believe what's below is authentic is to believe that the fans of the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings would team up to reward a fan of the Detroit Lions.

Just not going to happen folks. It's a spam/scam and you should just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Vic.

Take care,

Adam

From:Helsley, Olivia Ellyn Dean - helsleoe

Date: 8/5/2014 3:15:25 AM

To:info@gmail.com

Subject: Google team

This Email is to inform you that your gmail address has just won you $500.000.00 and an APPLE LAPTOP for this month of 2014 lottery promotion, which is organized by GMAIL & MICROSOFT OUTLOOK LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS 8. Microsoft Windows collects all the gmail addresses of the people that are active online and various Microsoft Windows users, among the people that subscribed to Gmail and Hotmail. Gmail, we select five people every year as our winners through the electronic balloting system without the winner applying. We congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

NOTE: CONTACT THE EMAIL BELOW WITH YOUR INFORMATION.

Contact Email: gmlts@outlook.com

1. FULL NAMES: 2. HOUSE ADDRESS:

3. OCCUPATION: 4. SEX: 5. AGE:

6. DIRECT PHONE NO:  7. STATE:  8. COUNTRY:

Thank you and accept my hearty congratulations once again!