the "Euro-Afro Asian Sweepstake/ELECTRONIC EMAIL lottery" scam
I don't normally post about the spam I get in my email (I don't usually read them, either) but I loved this one.
I love the fact that instead of just a simple lottery, the spammer just put everything in the email. It's not just European, but Asian, too.
And since it's a Nigerian scam, we can add Africa to that list. (Poor South America... they seem to be left out here.)
And it's sponsored by Bill Gates. Bill Gates! Then it must be true! And the Sultan of Brunei? Say it's not so! (I'm not sure who this Sultan guy is, but he must be one swell guy.
And the purpose of the lottery? To promote the use of computers and the internet all over the world!
And all this time I thought Bill Gates was trying to fund curing AIDS and helping starving/malnourished children around this planet.
But wait, if everyone on this planet, no matter how poor, had a computer and internet access Bill can sponsor more Lotteries like this one and get more people to give scammers money! It's a win/win!
And what did I win?
".Your e-mail address ...won you the lottery in
the 3rd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of £500.000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand pounds sterling) "
Wow. Isn't that like almost a million US? I'd be one-one-thousandth as rich as Bill Gates!
(Yes, sarcasm rules this post.)
Anyway, here's part of the text of the email. With spammer's email address. And if you've done any looking into these scams (419's and the like) you'll know that the phone codes are used by these poor excuses for humanity.
"Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in London. In view of this, your
Â£500.000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand pounds sterling) would be released
to you by our affiliate bank in Europe.This promotion takes place
annually and it is sponsored by Sultan of Brunei , Bill Gates of
Microsoft and his associates toencourage the use of internet and
computers world wide. Our agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as
soon as you make contact with him.
To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent
assigned to you
MR WAYNE BUSH
Phone: +44 701 114 0562
+44 701 114 0067
I hate those people.