Every time there is a major lottery jackpot to be won, news stations routinely quote the statistics that you're likelier to die from bee stings or get hit by lightning than buy the winning ticket. Point being, it's not likely to win.
So, imagine my surprise and sheer jubilation when within moments this morning I received two emails claiming I was rich. "CONFIRM YOUR PRIZE!!!," read the first line of one. "Dear:Lucky Winner!!" read the other.
One is from the Sochi Olympic Lottery and the other is from something called the Lotteria Shop National and a guy named Pepe. Seriously, his name is Pepe. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
Well, I've always stipulated I won the lottery when I met and married my wife. I've won three more times with my kids. My next lottery win will come when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Notice, I said "when," not "if."
Anyhow, I didn't win. If you get these emails, you didn't win either. They are phishing expeditions looking for personal information. No good comes from responding.
Just hit delete.
Have a great weekend.
From: EuroMillones Lottery S.A. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:20 AM
Subject: PRIZE CLAIM / Ref: ES556719-G
CONFIRM YOUR PRIZE!!!
This email is to notify you that you have won an Award Sum of 415.810,00 ?uros of the ongoing SOCHI.RU Olimpic email lottery program held on the 09/02/2014.
Please contact the Payment Director with your winning info: REF NUM. (No: GFC8110/3740K) BATCH NUM. (HOL04-R591/XB301) WINING NUM.(NJP8182-131Y),Ticket Number: (0031-4365021) Lucky Number SPL (501/0267)
Kindly send the following to the below contact for easy identification/timely consideration:
1. Full Name:
2. Direct phone:
3. Date of Birth / Age:
5. Current Address (P.o Box not acceptable)
Contact Name: Mr Ken Lawson.
The SOCHI.RU Olimpic email lottery is lawfullfully approved by the Russian Government and sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and is registered and protected by the Benelux trademark law.
Please note that the validity period of these winning is 14 working days; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately. Any claim not made before this date will be transfer to the suspense vault of the Spanish Gaming Board.
Mrs. Angela Brown (Dr)
-Director of Operation-
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:45 PM
Subject: Dear:Lucky Winner!!
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the result of Lotteria Shop National promotion.We are happy to inform you that your Email address have emerged a winner of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros (450,000.00) Euros.
NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact the claim department (Mr.Pepe Juvani
Juanito) below on this information.
Find below your promotion date, Reference and Batch numbers,Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 30 working days, Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.