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Spam Alert: Your eMail Has Won You £500,000.00 GB Pounds

Updated on August 10, 2010

Spam Alert

A new email threat has begun circulating.


Please read the following information carefully. Emails such as this are a thinly disguised attempt to exploit unsuspecting computer users. If enough emails of this type are sent out, the spammer will almost always receive a few responses. It's a 'numbers game' : huge volumes of spam are sent out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in the hope of fooling just a few folks. Don't get fooled again.

Subject: Your eMail Has Won You £500,000.00 GB Pounds

Text: Your email has won a prize of(£500,000.00 GBP)From the Microsoft Corporation Dra w held today.contact Mr. Josh Ivan for claim with your name: joshivanclaims@hotm ail.co.uk

Origin: IP Address 83.229.4.232, Zimbabwe

Threat Level: Email harvesting for potential identify theft and additional spam generation.

Attachment: None

Exposure: Responding to the email will reveal your contact information to the sender of the spam, which may or may not be legitimate. Responding to the email address included in the text of the message will reveal your email address to the recipient.

Pragmatism: While Microsoft probably has 500,000 GB pounds to give away, they wouldn't use this technique. The 'reply to' address is a HotMail.com address, which is a service that belongs to Microsoft, but HotMail addresses are free to anyone who wants to create one or two or a thousand. A legitimate Microsoft contact address would use the Microsoft.com domain. If you did win the money, you would expect the email to know a little more about you, such as your name. The text of the message is too general to be legitimate; it could apply to anyone.

Strategy:

  • Delete the email.
  • Do not respond to it. Never reveal your contact information, social security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or any other personal information to an untrusted web site or email sender. Simply responding to the message confirms to the recipient that you actually exist.
  • Never open any attachments from untrusted senders.
  • Never forward attachments from untrusted senders.

Spam Alert: Your eMail Has Won You 500,000.00 GB Pounds
Spam Alert: Your eMail Has Won You 500,000.00 GB Pounds

Background: Receiving this message implies that somehow your email address has been added to a spammer's database. This is not your fault. Email lists are traded between legitimate businesses and sometimes the information is stolen or hijacked by disreputable spammers. If you ever used your email address to register for a contest, sign up for a legitimate mailing list, or purchase something, you will inevitably be added to spam email lists. In some cases an individual home computer becomes infected with a virus and the contact list from that computer is transferred to a spammers computer without the knowledge of the original user. You will never discover how you got on the list; don't blame yourself.

Possible Actions:

  • Report the spam to the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov/spam/.
  • Upgrade your anti-spam software on your computer

Additional Resources:

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    • MPG Narratives profile image

      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Scammers, spammers, they're all scum. I'm with Tom, Nigerian ones tend to like me so my account is huge too.

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Gotta love these guys...scum or is it spam? I forget. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks for sharing. I put my notice in the safe deposit box. When I need money, I will cash the money... They told me, "Trust me..." I believe...

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      drcrischasse 7 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      I receive these all the time and I am in IT security and know what these do.

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      I have enough in Nigerian accounts that I was planning on paying off the national debt!!!!!!! Surely that's not a scam?

    • Robwrite profile image

      Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      "I'm shocked...Shocked I say...to find out there is gambling going on in this establishment!" Casablanca.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj: I am such a meanie!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      nic - you are makin it really tuff for us email spammers. It's gettin harder and harder to make a buck, or a pound, or a drachma, or a zloty, or a yen, or a peseta. or ...

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @breakfastpop: You're already a winner in my book!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Are you trying to tell me that I didn't win 15 million dollars? Are you sure? And how about that nice Nigerian man who needs me to cash a check for him. Is he a crook too?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      In fact I have received several of this, lol..to a total amount of 78 Million US$...

      I think I should have accepted..lol..I could use the $78 Million right about NOW!~!!

      Thanks so much!!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @sheila b.: I'm as shocked as you are.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Do you mean I shouldn't believe it if I get an email like that? Darn!