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|Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:48 pm Post subject: Winning the EURO MILLION SPAINSH (sic!) lottery...
|Yep, it's 419er time again
This time our friendly Nigerian kindly reminded us of our forgotten email that automagically participated in a "spainsh" lottery and won one of the bigger prizes...
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From: DR.LUIS FERNANDEZ <email@example.com>
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!!
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 15:15:59 +0200
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="e194c63f-0ac4-4e57-aaaf-e70327fcc2b0"
The sender, 184.108.40.206, is situated in................
Spain, of course . As this address is listed in Spamhaus' XBL, a compromised system seems likely.
|inetnum: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
descr: Ya.com Internet Factory
status: ASSIGNED PA
source: RIPE # Filtered
|EURO MILLION SPAINSH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
DATE:17TH OF JULY 2007
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro Million Spainsh Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 10TH OF JULY 2007. Your E-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1.000.000.00 Euro.(One Million Euro)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by his royal highness King Rey Juan Carlos and Spanish European Lottery Board in conjunction with all international world organization in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe.,This promotional program takes place every three year. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 million Euro International lottery.
To file for your claim,please contact our fiducial agent:DR.LUIS FERNANDEZ
(FERNANDEZ SECURITY COMPANY SPAIN)
Please Remember to complete the verification form below,As all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks,After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
This message is CONFIDENTIAL. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. If you have received it please let us know by reply it from your system; you should not copy it or disclose its contents to anyone. All messages sent to and from Fernandez Security Company Espaņa may be monitored to ensure compliance with internal policies and to protect your winning from the Euro Million Spanish Lottery Award Promotion.
The contents of any email addressed to our clients are subject to our usual terms of business; anything which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it.
6.S E X:.............
8.COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:.........................
11.BATCH NUMBER :.........................
13.ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS IF ANY................
Some notable passages worth commenting:
|All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
Of course each of them quadruple opt-in with tacid consent to receiving unsolicited offers from all over the world. At least so was the writing on the "millions prospective customers" CD-cover
|This lottery was promoted and sponsored by his royal highness King Rey Juan Carlos and Spanish European Lottery Board in conjunction with all international world organization in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe.
1. How to enhance and promote the usage of Internet Explorer Users? Does by chance our friendly Nigerian hint at zombified Windows machines that now happily proxy botnet sites and spew spam for the masses?
2. How to enhance and promote the usage of Microsoft wares? I presume using choice 1) like our Friend Leo Kuvayev does.
Whatever it does not make much sense to establish a lottery for this purpose, since both choices are not exactly legal in most countries and therefore not an honour to take over sponsorship and promotion for.
|This message is CONFIDENTIAL. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. If you have received it please let us know by reply it from your system; you should not copy it or disclose its contents to anyone.
In other words: This mail isn't spam because it contains the magic word confidential and therefore protected anywhere on this planet. Of course sending complaints with the spam attached, or posting it to forums/newsgroups as public evidence breaks this agreement.
How confidential it actually is shows the following Google query:
Astonishingly, this combination returns about 810 results, some of them dating back to 1994 (!). And all of them containing the same ticket number that must have been won prize after prize for years without anyone noticing it. Even the telephone number results in quite a few results:
About 215 dating back to May this year as Dr. Luis Fernandez.
Without doubt it is a scam designed to gather data of people who believed this to be true, despite the obvious warning signs like dubious origin, anonymous throwaway email accounts, strange spelling and punctuation and fabricated events that lead to this notification. So of course the appropriate reaction is to ignore the scam artist's request and report her/him instead.
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