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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Something funny - I’m rich!

Rich

No, I haven’t won the lotto (or maybe yes). But in the last week I’ve received emails saying that I’ve won a million pounds, that I’ve won the google lotto, etc.

Some examples of these emails are:

From: British Telecom Office:

You have been awarded the sum of £1,000.000.00 GBP in our Telecom draw, get back to us asap

Contact email: contactmarcussteve@gmail.com

Names:............
Address:..............
Country:.................
Age:..........
Sex:..............
Phone/cellphone........

Mrs.Julia George


Subject: Tobacco … Winner:

You have been awarded the sum of £1,000.000.00 GBP in our tobacco draw, get back to us asap

Contact email: tobaccooffice1@gmail.com

Names:............
Address:..............
Country:.................
Age:..........
Sex:..............
Phone/cellphone........

Mrs.Julia George


NOTE: But I don’t smoke! And what’s more, Mrs. Julia George has several jobs; she works in the British Telecom and Tobacco offices, and we are told that there is a lot of unemployment out there?! Great! I’ve already won 2 million pounds!


Subject: 1,000,000.00 GBP:

You have just been awarded, 1,000,000.00 GBP in the 2009 Online British Lottery; send us your full details:
Full Name:
Full Address:
Status:
Occupation:
Country:


From: British Telecom Office:

You have just been awarded, £1,000.000.00 GBP in the British Online; send the following:
Name
Age
Sex
Country

Mrs. Caroline Bryan


NOTE: I’ve lost count; I think that I’ve already won 4 million, cool! And I also know that Mrs. Caroline Bryan and Mrs.Julia George work together in the British Telecom Office.


Subject: Urgent Information from Google ***Congratulations!!!***

Attention!!!
You have been picked as one of our lucky winners of £850,000 British Pounds in the on-going Google promotion.
For more info/ how to claim your prize, contact the processing agent (Mr.
Grahams Benfield) with the email addresses below with your Ticket
number: 00869575733664,CGPN:7-22-71-00-66-12,Serial
numbers: BTD/8070447706/06 & Lucky numbers:12-12-23-35-40-41(12).
E-mail(s):grahamsbenfield787@gmail.com, grahams.benfield @thedotmail.com.
Wishing you good luck!!


NOTE: More money! Great! And this time none other than a promotion from google, also called google lotto in the email. Well, well, it seems that google has already invented all the Web services, even an online lotto.

I’m going to answer all those emails right now so they can send me the money. I think that I’m going to give them more personal data and even bank account details just to make sure that the money is sent correctly… What? Is that SPAM? Oh no! Well, now that you mention it, it does look like a big amount of money.

Well, jokes apart, I think that gmail needs to improve the spam filter. I also hope that you have seen a reason why it’s important to have certain knowledge of English so you’re able to understand these emails and detect that they’re absolutely RUBBISH.

Do you usually get SPAM?

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3 comments:

Eugenia said...

Google spamfilter improves when you teach him. Just mark these emails as SPAM and Google won't let them to make you nervous again =) Last time I got a spam mail was about 4 or 5 years ago. Since then spam moves to the spambox directly, without my help.

David García said...

Hi Eugenia, thanks for the tip. I’m already marking those emails as SPAM and they’re going to the SPAM box. The problem is when I get new SPAM emails that I haven’t marked before and google doesn’t identify them as SPAM! :)

none said...

I gave them all my info and received a check in the mail for 1 million pounds.

 

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