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Dear Valued Customer

Once Again It’s Time To Play Let’s Count The Typos!

from: Deborah White < >
date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Dear Valued Customer

We are pleased to inform you of the results from our just concluded Western Union Money Transfer/MoneyGram lottery draws. The draws were conducted from an exclusive list of over 3,000,000 details of individuals that have used any of Western Union Money Transfer or MoneyGram products in the past either by sending money, receiving money or paying other bills through WU/MoneyGram as a means of appreciation and also to encourage new customers.  In all this number, only 20 winners emerged from around the world. No lottery ticket was sold in this lottery, but data of qualified persons were collated from all WU/MoneyGram outlets worldwide.

After the automated computerized ballot, we are pleased to inform you that you emerged as one of our lucky winners in the 3rd category. Though there are some people in 1st category to 5th category. You are to receive a cash prize of US$950, 000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) only. Your prize award is covered under an insurance bond policy in your name and will be transferred to you upon final verifications of your winning status by our appointed paying bank. And to ensure credibility in this, we have appointed a bank in the UK in paying all winners.

So to get your winning prize you by our appointed bank, you should get in touch with the paymaster of the bank, Mr. Mark immediately via email with your winning Reference number:  WU-MG/9357.12/US

Name:  Mr.  Mark Giles



Ms. Deborah White.
For: Western Union/MoneyGram Promo. USA

Natl Tel/Fax:  440-860-9527

Intl. Tel/Fax: +1-440-860-9527

NOTE: Your winning reference number should not be in anyway disclosed to any one until you have successfully claimed your prize. Any irregular, suspected or multiple claims submitted to the bank shall be cancelled by the paying bank.

It’s in all bold.. and there is an International telephone number.. must be the real deal.. even if I never, ever, not once so much as thought about using Western Union.. right?



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April 11, 2010 Posted by | cyber crime, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, spam and junk mail | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bummer. I only won 200,000 Euros this time…


From: sugerencias (

Sent: Tue 1/27/09 6:57 PM


APARTADO DE CORREOS 48, 28230 las Rozas,

BATCH NO: MSFT-2008- GM-0221


Welcome to Corporation end of year promotions, We are
pleased to inform you of the released results of Sweepstakes Promotion
organized by Corporations, in conjunction with the
foundation for the Promotion of software products, held this Jan 24th
2009, here in Madrid-Spain.

Your email address emerged as one of the on-line Winning emails, in the
1st category and therefore You have been approved for a cash award
200,000.00Euros (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) this is from a total cash..

* Micro Word??? Who are we trying to sound like?

Today’s free link(s):
Google Video search results poisoned to serve malware

This article is a bit difficult to read, and assumes the audience is security-savvy, but if you’re willing to look past that, you will see some frightening facts spelled out that tell you just how broken and insecure the Internet is.

Security Fix Pop Quiz, Reality-Show Style
I want to give readers more perspective about why applying these updates are so critical, by looking through the lens of the criminal masterminds behind “Grum,” one of this year’s largest spam botnet..

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, spam and junk mail, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments


Once Again– I’m A Millionaire! In the span of 48 hours, I have won $3,825,900…


Mrs.Dayzers Loterij (¹)

Medium riskYou may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as unsafe

Sent: Thu 1/15/09 8:44 PM

Ref No.17/324/113
Batch No.448/1803734
Ticket/Series No.RJ975489
Amount Won: $2,500,000.00 USD

Attn: Lucky Winner,

Upon the conclusion of our recent e-lottery draws, your email address was selected from an exclusive list of 1,00,000 email addresses generated from an internet resource database.

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) .

To file for the processing of your prize sum payment, you are advised to contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:

Name: Mr.Hugh Gareth
Fax: +31-847-393-086

You are advice to provide him with the following information:

Telephone/Fax number:

NOTE: Ensure to quote your Reference Numbers in all your communication with your claims agent.All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs.Dayzers Loterij³
Lottery Coordinator.
Thank you and congratulations!!!

¹ is the domain “Hong Kong”.
² is the domain “China”
³ is the domain “Netherlands”

Today’s free link: The Animal Rescue Site has an agreement with charitably-minded advertisers, where they will donate money for food for sheltered animals.. for each click of the “click to give” button.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mrs. Kitty Anderson

Folks, there will not be an article today on Tech–for Everyone.. and it is quite possible that I may never write another article ever again. I may just retire.

Now before you go getting all ‘het up’, and cross with me, I want you to ask yourself if maybe you wouldn’t retire too.. if you were me. Understand, I’m rich now. See? This e-mail from Mrs. Anderson proves it:

Ref: UK/0274K82/10
Batch: 172/104/ZY370
We the Board and Management of the British National Lottery happily announce to you the draw (#251) of the British National Lottery.. claim a total sum of £1,000,000 (ONE
MILLION POUNDS) in cash credited…

I am not exactly sure how much real money a million “pounds” works out to be.. but I’m thinking it is a pretty good sum, and I’m hoping it is enough to buy myself a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific.. Because I think that would be pretty neat. Me. Palm trees. Sandy beaches. Sunshine.

I have sent my vital information, and winning reference number to Mr.Hillary Martins (The Foreign Service Manager) as the e-mail instructed me to do.. and now I am simply waiting for them to deposit the money into my account.
Once that happens, I’m pretty sure I’ll be out of here.. because that’s gotta be a lot of money.

In fact, I think it’s enough money that I’m willing to overlook the “PRICE AWARD”. (I know they meant “prize”. They’re probably just as excited and happy as I am..) I’ve never been a millionaire before.. this is so cool!

Today’s free link:

*** Folks– I try to keep it lighthearted on Fridays, but for those of you who are security-minded I offer you this link as well: China’s cyber-militia behind U.S. blackouts?

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