Thursday, February 24, 2005

Lucky me!

Anyone know how much a Euro is worth in dollars? The following came to me in an e-mail that was sent to all of the subscribers to a mailing list I subscribe to -- some 285 people.

DATE:24 FEB /2005
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery
Winners International E-mail programs held on the 19 OF JANUARY 2005
YourE-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 615,810.000 Euros.(SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN EUROS).
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 Bill Gates, President of
Microsoft, the world's largest software company inorder to enhance and
promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and microsoft-wares around the globe. This promotional program takes place every three years. 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:
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 2weeks 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.
Sincerely yours,
Lottery Coordinator

This is one of those egregiously obvious spams. I'll bet that not more than one of, oh, 285 people would do anything but delete this e-mail on sight. I did that, but after reporting it SpamCop, who will in turn add it to a black list and report the sender to his/her internet service provider, if that can be determined by a technical analysis of the message. Not that I believe it does much good, other than to flag any further messages from that particular sender to me as probable spam.

Spam is a curse on the internet, as I'm sure that most of you know. I've reported over 13,000 pieces of spam since joining SpamCop a number of years ago, yet it comes faster and faster, in greater quantities each year. I even get spam everyday to an e-mail address that I have never used, never given out to anyone, but which the spammers managed to get through what's called a Directory Harvest Attackdictionary attack.

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