The Best Of Spam: CONGRATULATIONS
From: rainbowlotto <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, May 28, 2004 3:57 AM
Subject: RE:WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE.
WINNER RAINBOW LOTTO NL,
RIJKMANSTRAAT 115 1044 MN,
AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS)
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE:WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release today the 28th april 2004,of the Winner lotto Rainbow International program held on the 25th april 2004. Your personal or company email address attached to ticket number 205-11465886-629 with serial number 3772-99 drew lucky numbers 7-14-17-23-31-44 which consequently won the lottery in the First category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of $750,000 Dollars(Seven hundrund and fifty thousand dollars) in cash credited to file Ref.No SN/2311786008/01.This is from a total cash prize of 15million Dollars shared among several international lucky winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS. Your fund is now deposited with Sunsine finance services to your name and due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this winning private from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your designated account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claim and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 500,000 company and individual email addresses from all over the world as part of our international promotions programme,which takes place once in every year.
Remember,all winning must be claimed not later than 20th June 2004.After this date all unclaimed fund will be returned to the pool as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your refrence and batch numbers in all correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your agent as soon as possible. Anybody under the age of 18 years is automatically disqualified. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional programme.
Please forward your reply and your contact details to our agent who are responsible for your payment through their email adress:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Analysis: Although we have never been to The Netherlands, nor had contact with anyone from there, we have somehow managed to win a lottery in Amsterdam. We can only wonder if the lotto-playing citizens of that fair city are aware that their government is awarding lotto money to people in other countries. We're sure they wouldn't take it lightly if they knew!
Also, take note of who the spam is addressed to: the same email address as it came from. Apparently, that's our email address. So, in effect, we, in the Netherlands, have awarded ourselves, in the U.S., lottery money. Neat!