How’s that for timing? The thirteenth installment of Ridiculous Spam Friday falls on an actual Friday the 13th. I love it when a plan comes together.
Let’s get to the garbage…
From: Dick Glock <[removed]@amadorcoe.k12.ca.us>
Date: Sunday, August 01, 2010 11:30 AM
Subject: Final Notification!!!?
Dear e-MAIL Winner,
Your email address won £850,000.00 GBP in this month NATIONAL LOTTERY E-mail online drew.
To file for your claim, contact our agent Mr.Albert Nelson. with
the details below(Full Names, Contact Address, Country, Age, Sex, Occupation &
Telephone numbers) to this Email: email@example.com Phone Number: Tel:+44 7024027755
MODE OF PAYMENT !!!
Option (1) Via Courier Delivery
Option (2) Via Bank Wire Transfer
Note: This is an automatic message do not click on your reply button send all details to the below Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I removed the email address under “From” because it is apparently the legitimate address of an administrator for a school district out in California. Where do spammers get the legit addresses from?
At any rate, since it’s just another lottery scam message, you don’t even have to wonder why a school admin would be telling you about a lottery, since you already know it’s a scam. The incredulous punctuation in the subject line (“!!!?”) is cute, though.
From: Zoosk Request Notification <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:09 PM
To: [correct address]
Subject: Facebook Notification – Zoosk dating app
-Someone is searching for you on a Facebook application called Zoosk-
Press here to see who wants to make a connection with you:
To not receive this message again please visit this page:
or write to:
Zoosk Inc. 475 Sansome Street., 10th Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94111
To remove yourself from this list,
click here http://dipfishesnet.com/u/ejAvaGhF7140LFFvOEtFKA.html
or write to us at:
PO Box 85073
Richmond, VA 23285-5073
And how, pray tell, would an application on Facebook (I thought Zoosk was its own site) be trying to find me at my work email address? That’s not the one I use there.
This one serves as a good reminder: never click the “unsubscribe” link in a spam message. All you’re doing is confirming that your address is good. I wonder what happens if you write to the P.O. Box, though. I’d imagine putting your email address, full name and home address into the hands of these people could be even worse. Ten bucks says that P.O. Box is just a drop site that is set up to forward everything to Russia.
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:29 AM
How are you recently?
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I am sure you will get many surprise and benefits.
Hello! This one came from a person I work with, although from their personal email address. Somehow it was used to forward this message to every one of her contacts. Greetings! She’s perfectly capable of using coherent English, so I could tell right away something was fishy.
I’m sure you’d get all kinds of “surprise” if you tried to follow that link and actually purchase electronics, and there’d be absolutely nowhere to give them any negative “feedbacks.” Hello! Greetings!