This was actually stuck in a mail queue on one of our servers – It’s essentially an advance fee scam just like the normal “Send me your bank detail…” emails that we all get bombarded with.
However, this one has had a degree of common sense applied to it and will probably trick far more people that the normal “angle” used for these kind of scams. Let’s get into it…
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 14:22:25 +0300
"The Maxwells Fund" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Congratulatory Letter From Lincolnshire EuroMillions Jackpot Winners
Ok, so straight away we see GMAIL – not the normal email platform used by scammers. We also see “Lincolnshire” which is just down the road, and then “EuroMillions” which is actually what the lottery is called here, meaning we have a few pointers here that would, before I even opened the email, potentially win my trust over.
Dear Award Recipient,
This email correspondence is from Richard & Angela Maxwell. We are both 67, from Coningsby in Lincolnshire and one of Britain’s biggest ever National Lottery winners of £53million EuroMillions jackpot.
This all adds up. Names, locations and amount of winnings. Google it!
Your email is among the email addresses that have been selected by a Yahoo! powered email newsletter software operated by British freelance tech experts upon our request to benefit from our ongoing email donation project, part of programmes to mark our massive EuroMillions win. My wife and I have decided to donate £31 Million Pounds each to the already selected eight(8) email address owners, claimable by the original registrant/owner of the selected email. Find more information about our win below;
This part if fairly sketchy. The bit about “British freelance tech experts” is a bit lame. Also, “Yahoo! powered email newsletter software” what the deuce does that mean?!
However, the Maxwells are lovely people, HAVE given some of the money to charitable causes and do come across as the kind of people that would do this kind of thing for real. These scammers have really picked a good subject to base their scam on!
Please send Name, Address, & Tel for payment processing by our bank. We look forward to your reply.
Richard & Angela Maxwell.
Fishing for info, but not the important stuff yet. No doubt there will be an application fee, or they would claim you need to pay the tax on it first or something.
This wasnt my email but I faked that It had come to me so I can reply… I’ll post my findings 🙂