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The Spam Report: Day #129: Going to the World Cup

Published On: Apr 24 2014 10:01:43 AM CDT
2014 FIFA World Cup soccer trophy

Bruno Domingos/Reuters


Sorry to have missed yesterday, but I was with my parents and a couple of my sisters for the day. But I'm back and mercifully so because if I weren't, I would have missed the fact my email was randomly chosen to win a lottery to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. If that wasn't enough, I have more than a little spending money as the FIFA World Cup people are giving me $800,000 as well.

As a generally skeptical person by nature, I was naturally curious as to my good fortune. I know the saying, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. So, I went to the FIFA (the group that organizes international soccer) website ( and somehow, it failed to mention my victory in this contest.

No matter, I'll just email back the contact below at his account because we all know that someone working for the multi-billion dollar World Cup would operate off a personal email account.

Summarizing these pitches and then, going back to re-read them, you hopefully see how ludicrous they are. Maybe even more importantly, I'm not much of a soccer fan, so it would have been lost on me anyhow.

Take care and just hit delete.


-----Original Message-----
From: FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Promotion []
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:01 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: You Have Just Been Selected As A Winner

Dear Recipient,

We happily announce to you that your email address has won a prize in the FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (BRAZIL) KICK OFF PROMOTION draws held on Monday 7Th April 2014, in Essex, United Kingdom. As a Winner in this lottery draw, you are entitled to a return ticket for the games and cash sum of $ 800,000.00 USD (Eight Hundred Thousand Unites states Dollars)

Please contact the under signed for claims. Send all requirement to our to our London office due to language barrier and for easy claim of your winnings.

We congratulate you once more for winning this life changing fortune and experience.

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Lottery Promotion Yours Sincerely,

Jerome Valcke

FIFA Secretary General