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The Spam Report: Day #169: "Hello Beneficiary"

By Adam Schrager,
Published On: Jun 23 2014 10:38:13 AM CDT
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Since everyone seems to be enjoying World Cup fever these days, I thought I'd post this spam/scam email I received over the weekend.

I'm firmly on the bandwagon of the U.S. team and from what I've heard and seen, I'm not alone. It's why an email like this is being sent and can be dangerous. 

It states that I've won "One Million U.S. Dollar" and "a free ticket to go watch the World Cup final live in Brazil, held on the 19 of June 2014, in Doha, Qatar."

So, initially I'm confused. Am I going to watch the World Cup final in Brazil or in Doha, Qatar? Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup while the current one is in Brazil.

But the bigger problem comes in the fact that I received this email on June 21 and I'm being told my ticket is for a final on June 19. I may be in television which means I like people to speak in monosyllabic words, but even I can't envision a world where I can time travel back two days to see something that wasn't even held.

In case you're willing to simply claim this is a typo and the author actually meant to write July 19, well, you should know that the actual World Cup final is being held on July 13. So, I guess you'd have to excuse their two typos then.

One side note here that amused me is the last line of the email which reads, "IMPORTANT: If you receive this message in your spam or junk, it is due to your ISP. Reply back for claims."

I think if you've received this message in your spam or junk file, as I did, it is due to your ISP, which is getting it right. This is bogus.

Just hit delete.

Oh, and go USA.


-----Original Message-----
From: Qatar Foundation []
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:03 AM
Subject: Hello Beneficiary

Hello Beneficiary,

You have been selected for this award donation sum of the "One Million U.S. Dollar" received as charity donations / aid from the Qatar Foundation and a free ticket to go watch the World Cup final live in Brazil, held on the 19 of June 2014, in Doha, Qatar. Reply back claims by e-mail:


Sheikh Saad Al Muhannadi.

President of Qatar Foundation.

Reply to:


IMPORTANT: If you receive this message in your spam or junk, it is due to your ISP. Reply back for claims.

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