The Spam Report: Day #36: “CONFIRM YOUR PRIZE!!!”
MY DESK: MADISON — There are so many mistakes in today’s submission for the Spam Report that I wonder if I’m looking at an English paper from freshman year in high school.
Let’s put it this way, if you cannot properly spell the word “lawfully,” then it’s likely not lawful. The email sender is registered in Italy (the “it” at the end of the address), this is allegedly a Euro lottery purportedly administered by the Spanish Gaming Board. It was sent to us by “Mrs Belinda (dr)” and yet, we are to respond to “MR. KEN LAWSON.”
Oh, and I never entered any online lottery, but somehow I’ve won. Also, I’m not a fan of exclamation points or all capital letters. Feels like I’m being shouted at and I’m a sensitive sort.
Please don’t fall for this. Just hit delete.
Our regular Tuesday viewer-submitted Spam Report email will be out tomorrow. Sorry about that, but I’m on the road today for a story to air early next week.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2013 5:42 AM
Subject: CONFIRM YOUR PRIZE!!!
CONFIRM YOUR PRIZE!!!
This email is to notify you that you have won an Award Sum of 979,650.90 €uros in Euro million email lottery held on the 17/11/2013.
Please contact the Payment Director with your winning info: REF NUM. (No:
GFC8110/3740K) BATCH NUM. (HOL04-R591/XB301) WINING NUM.(NJP8182-131Y), Ticket Number: (0031-4365021) Lucky Number SPL (501/0267)
Kindly send the following to the below contact for easy identification/timely consideration:
1. Full Name:
2. Direct phone:
3. Date of Birth / Age:
5. Current Address (P.o Box not acceptable)
Contact Name: Mr.KEN LAWSON.
The Euro million email lottery is lawfullfully sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation and is registered and protected by the Benelux trademark law.
Please note that the validity period of these winning is 21 working days; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately. Any claim not made before this date will be transfer to the suspense vault of the Spanish Gaming Board.
Mrs berlinda (Dr)
Director of Operation