January 3, 2013That’s right! It’s
all really very simple. Every day, I
receive loads of e-mails, many from legitimate sources that I’ve ‘opted-in’ for, but many others are
from ‘spammers’ and ‘hackers’ attempting to get me to begin a communication
On any given day, I get a dozen or more e-mails
like the ones I’ve included here. You’ll
see they’re all very ‘official’ looking in their own way, and the
name-dropping (Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, etc.), and the descriptive and detailed
verbiage all help to reinforce the ‘appearance of legitimacy’.
Of course, you know I’m jesting in all this, right?
Surely, most of us have received
similar ‘spam’ in our inboxes, and probably most folks have dealt with them the same way I do; deleting and trashing them, and/or by setting blocks and other restrictions on
them. Most e-mails of this type do not come with an “Unsubscribe”
link or anything else that might help to remove your e-mail address from
the spammer’s data bases, so they’re rather difficult to stop,
unfortunately. Yes, the “Junk Mail”
functions help, but they still pile up there…unless you set all Junk Mail to
automatically trash itself before reaching your inboxes.
Anyway, enough of the technical stuff…suffice it to say, I
WOULD be a multi-millionaire by now if these e-mails were “for real”, y’know?
I’m just sayin’…
Note: These are copy/pastes of the text in three actual e-mails I received today (2/3/13).
USED WITHOUT SEEKING PERMISSION
1. This one uses Facebook's clout to help convince...
FACE BOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
BATCH NUMBER: FB-0281/544
SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2012
TICKET NUMBER: FB-172-60
The Entire Face book Team are very happy to inform you that your name appear on
the FACE BOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum
of US$950,000.00 (Nine HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which
is what you have just won.
Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACE BOOK ONLINE
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the new year 2013 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736)
so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of
Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Face book (Founder
& amp Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all face
book users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use facebook.
Face book is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friend.
The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site
and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of
Kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charlse the General secretary of the FACE BOOK TEAM
and appointed as your claims officer via this email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
immediately with the following information about you below:
Private Mobile Number:
As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will
tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your
winnings of US$950,000.00.
Thank you and More Congratulations.
Agent Name: Thomas Charlse for CDAA
Get some Zero paid Gear FBI SCAM PROTECTED
Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we
ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your
claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of
this program. BE WARNED"
2. This one uses the FBI's clout...
My name is Mr Andy Barry,I am a FBI foreign agent here in Nigeria we discover your funds the sum of $8.5 Million United State Dollars.
All I need from you now is to provide me your home address and
telephone number and also let me know how you need your funds, is it check or cash? You can call me now for more details:+234-7086103780.
Waiting for your urgent response,
Mr Andy Barry
FBI Foreign Agent.
3. This one doesn't yet have much clout...
Did you authorize Mrs. Ann Miller to claim your fund.(US$7.5M) Dollars.