I’ve apparently won a big prize (a million dollars, no less) in a lottery. Which is nice, especially since I did not buy a ticket. The helpful email conveying these glad tidings continues thus…
Your fund is now deposited with ourPaying Bank and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers andnames, we ask that you keep this award from public notice untill yourclaims has been processed and the money remitted to your account as thisis part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming of unwarrantedtaking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened inthe past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballotsystem drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand,Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa .This programmeis sponsored by EUROPEAN UNION/BILL GATES and WORLD INTERNATIONALLOTTERY ORGANISATION TO PROMOTE and ENAHNCE the use of SOFT WARE IN THEGOBAL WORLD.we hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in thesubsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims , please contact yourclaims agent, MR GEORGE PRATT on Telephone number:0034-606-742-900or
email:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org,with all your information provided that youare the user of this mail,either your country passport or any otherindentity.
Now my question is this: who would fall for such an obvious scam? Presumably people do — otherwise the spammers wouldn’t do it. You’d have thought that even a half-wit would be put off by the typos and grammatical mistakes. Weird.