2011 should be a great year….

… based upon the number of e-mails promising me millions in lottery winnings or a share in providing a safe-haven for some inheritance to a job offer representing some organization in Asia for $3,500 per month. Many of these suspicious e-mail also have strange attachments.  Apparently there are still folks that still fall prey to these criminals. A sampling:

Subject: Hello
1. $3,500 Every month as your Salary.
2. 10% of every debt you collect from any delinquent customer
and then the Company will instruct you on how to send the rest
balance to their End.
If Accepted kindly contact Mr John Change of (APM) he
will advice you of Next step to Follow.

Subject: Happy New Year
It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a
surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we
congratulate you over your success in the following official
publication of results of the E-mail electronic online
Sweepstakes  organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with
the foundation for the promotion of software products,
(F.P.S.) held this month of JANUARY  2011, in London
United Kingdom. Where your email address emerged as one
of the online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore
attracted a cash award of 850,000.00 Gbp
{Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds

The Nigerian scam dates back 80+ years. (accessed 10 Jan 2011 from http://www.snopes.com/fraud/advancefee/nigeria.asp) According to Snopes, this scam netted $100 million in the US by 1997.

Y’all be careful out there.

addendum 10/Jan – I am so blessed, thank you Google Corporations!

Google Corporation©
Belgrave House
76 Buckingham
Palace Road
London SW1W 9TQ
United Kingdom

Winning No: GUK/877/798/0477
Batch No: GUK/699/33/1974


We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for
being part of our winners selected this year. This promotion
was set-up to encourage the active users of the Google
search engine and the Google ancillary services. Hence we
do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to
be active and patronage to the Google search engine.
Google is now the biggest search engine worldwide and in
an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely
used search engine, we ran an online e-mail beta test
which your email address won 450,000.00 Gbp
(Four Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterling).We wish to formally announce to you that
you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory
obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory
report Test conducted for all online winners. A winning
cheque of 450,000.00Gbp (Four Hundred And Fifty Thousand
Great British Pounds Sterling) will be issued in your name
by Google Corporations, ! You are advised to contact your


(1) Your contact address:

(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers:
(3) Your Nationality/Country:
(4) Your Full Name/Sex:
(5) Occupation/Age:
(6) Ever won an online lottery?
(7)How do you feel as a winner?

The Google Corporations has discovered a huge number of
double claims due to winners informing close friends relatives
and third parties about their winning and also sharing their
Winning No. As a result of this, these friends try to claim
the lottery on behalf of the real winners. So you are hereby
strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly
confidential until you claim your prize.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Google
interactive Lotteries Board Commission.

Google Corporations.

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