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Congratulations Email

Updated on November 30, 2011

Ok we all get spam email but this hub is about one particular type - the congratulations type email.

In the last few months I've 'WON' Ipads, laptops, phones and even an Audi car!!!!

Do you think I'm celebrating?

You could be forgiven for thinking that I am but alas even though I'm so often being congratulated with this type of email what I'm finding each time is that I'm only a POSSIBLE winner of these prizes that (I'll admit) make me salivate in anticipation.

You see when I open these emails my 'WIN' is ALWAYS being qualified.

Thats really frustrating!

When I open these emails I'm told I could be a POSSIBLE winner if I jump through a few more hoops like join up for a membership or do a survey.

Don't get me wrong Iove giving feedback but is this really the right way to get it?

Tell people you've WON only then to turn around and tell them that they could be a POSSIBLE winner.

Why do this?

It's really bad marketing.

I now simply delete any emails like this - I don't however delete offer emails - where well-known companies offer goods at discounted prices - with these offers I can peruse the email for the details of the offer and decide to go ahead or not.

This is considerate marketing - the congratulations emails, on the other hand are not!


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    • Mazzy Bolero profile image

      Mazzy Bolero 

      6 years ago from the U.K.

      I used to get letters by snail mail saying I'd won a big prize, including a list of possible prizes, one of them a discount voucher on some overpriced product they wanted to sell. That's really the only "prize" anyone got. Not only that, you had to ring a premium number to find out which prize you'd won, then send money for packaging! I guess it must work or they wouldn't be still doing it.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      coming from a great writer like yourself that is an awesome accolade - thanks Nicomp

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      You're always a winner in my eyes.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      PWAP - Yes - it is becoming a real dreaded affair sifting through mail for what is and is not real. If you get a communication that is important in your spam folder, a partial solution is to create a contact from that communication so it doesn't end up in spam again. Thanks for sharing your experiences here!

    • princesswithapen profile image


      6 years ago

      Earlier this year, 'Congratulations - You've won $800,000' was the subject of one of the emails in my spam folder. I opened it and the email was of about 3-4 lines. It asked me to send all my details including name, address, phone number, DOB, and numbers of my various ids to a dodgy looking email address to claim my prize. At the end of the email there was a link that would route me to a random website promising me another $100,000. Since that day, I have been winning hundreds of thousands of dollars everyday but I never claim! How I wish they were not spam! Haha

      These email are very frustrating as I need to check my spam folder regularly because even important communication can sometimes be routed to spam. It's the dreaded day of the week when I go through hundreds of emails congratulating me on my lottery winnings, ipads, ipods, music systems, holidays and much more, just like you do too!

      Bad marketing practices, indeed!


    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      cheers Vocalcoach - wasting time and energy - you are spot on - we all need to do less of this online! Thanks for rating.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Years ago I fell for these congratulation emails. I learned the hard way that these are all scams. I just love my "delete" key! Thanks for the hub on this. Hopefully it will keep someone else from wasting their time and energy. Voted up!


    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      thanks Springboard - but don't you just hate the fact more and more of our time is spent hitting the delete button! Perhaps some programmer will twig to this and design an automatic anti-spam based on how many times we hit a delete button on a particular type of email. For example, it picks up that we delete emails with the string Congratulations over again and PRE- deletes these. Perhaps there could be a folder called PRE-DELETED!Your a real SPRINGBOARD for ideas thanks SringBoard!

    • Chrysanthus profile image


      6 years ago


      I had about 600 articles at Hubpages. Hubpages suspended (deleted) many of the articles saying I copied from my own articles. All the good book writers I know, copy from their own books. I have deleted most of my articles in this blog and allowed 24 hours to pass. Today I have submitted 20 articles, all unique as I promised in my previous comment for this hub. They have suspended (deleted) 12 of them saying I have copied (duplicated) from my own articles; this is clearly wrong.

      What I have decided to do is this: Tomorrow I will post two articles at Hubpages about the two courses I have on the Internet. Each of the articles will have a link to the web site (page) at which readers can find the tutorials. At the site, a writer can copy up to one third of his own previous article. Anybody can write at the site. The site will soon have all the features that good networks have.

      My articles are effective when they are in a series, so that at the end (of the day), the user can do something with the knowledge acquired.

      I have concluded that many networks out there, except the one I have just joined, are not meant for computer programming tutorials. You have and, where I belong. In these sites you can never format an example code successfully, and sometimes, they do not display some of your programming text and code.

      So, I hope to meet you guys at the new site, where programming tutorials, are respected, well formatted, nothing is lost (you can be at this site and at that site). I am close to the executives of the site. So if you guys come there and if you have any problems, you can see me at .

      They say - When the going gets tough, the tough gets going - Billy Ocean. I thank Lady_E for encouraging me.

      I wish you guys the best and pray that I succeed in the new site, since Hubpages, Associated Content, Bukisa not meant for me.


    • Springboard profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm with you on just deleting most of that garbage. There are very few, if any, emails that get opened in my box that aren't from someone, or some organization I am familiar with. I find this kind of thing annoying, and I can't help but think you and I are not the only ones who think this way...

      The question continues to be then, why do they do it? Wouldn't they attract more people by not doing it? And what of the information they may gather from those who DO fall for it? What kind of people are they anyway?

      Anyway, another enjoyable read as always.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      Good to see you Chrys - long time indeed - stealing money through the internet - I've heard of that before!

      hope you're keeping well.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      LOLady E!

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      breakfastpop ...I thought I was the 1000 visitor! Congratulations with emphasis on the CON!

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      6 years ago

      @drbj playing guitar on the MTV that's the way you do it - money for nothing...thanks for the spin - always good to see you drop in

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Good advice, pd, but there are still a lot of folks out there who believe you can get something for nothing. These scam artists thrive on that sort of audience.

      You and I both know if something costs nothing then that's what it probably is worth ... nohing!

    • Lady_E profile image


      6 years ago from London, UK

      I know what you mean. My advice is once people read it, they should not tell their boss where to stick it and hand in their resignation immediately... becasue they will later find out, it's a Scam and would have to return to work. Ouch!!

      @Chrysanthus Sorry to read about what happened, but try not to let these websites get to you and continue to find ways to work round it. Personally, it's best people have their own Personal Blogs and Domains by the side...So, no one messes them around.

      Best Wishes

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      If it sounds too good to be true it is! Lately, I am greeted with flashing lights telling me I am the 1,000 visitor to something or other. I get great pleasure hitting delete.

    • Chrysanthus profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi psychicdog

      Long time! Before I explain why it has been a long time, let me first comment on this hub. In my opinion some of these people who send the congratulations emails are scammers. Hardly in life can you win a lottery when you have not played any game. In my opinion, some of them are looking for your PayPal or MoneyBookers passwords or bank account numbers; sometimes, they ask you for such information directly or indirectly. Now that it is possible to transfer money through the Internet, when they get your password or account number, they would be able to transfer money from your account to their accounts. I am happy with your reaction to the messages to your email box. Continue to be vigilant and smart.

      Now, why have I not participated for so long at hubpages? Hubpages annoyed me. Hubpages does not want you to copy part of your own hub and place in another hub of yours. So they deleted (suspended) many of my hubs.

      At the comment I am deleting many of my hubs at Hubpages to replace them with hubs that are unique. Any hub of mine that cannot be found at hubpages, will be found at . At you can copy up to one-third of any of your previous article.

      So within 3 days from now, and in accordance with my ambition to train people on the Internet free (I encourage them to click the ads that interest them), the Internet will have complete courses of Web design (including smartphones and the latest advances in web technology)and web development. I know people like my works, so within 3 days from today, they will have all that free, at hubpages.

      Well, psychicdog, continue to be smart and alert us whenever you suspect anything unfavorable on the Internet.

      Happy New year 2012 in advance.



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