The lottery style scam goes round and round and round and it always tries to evolve to be more relevant, but to be honest I think they need to take a step back and maybe get some consultation as its starting to get a bit silly now.
Received this not too long back;
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: SCOTT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 19 July 2015 at 21:24
Google Gmail Lottery Incoperation
Nice title to the email, complete with typo. Not a great start.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
That looks all official, ‘n that.
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of ($750,000.00 USD) for the year 2015 Lottery promotion
Ok, so straight away that reads like a pile of garbage. If you fall for this you’re an idiot.
which is organized by GOOGLE/GMAIL LOTTERY INC,OUTLOOK& MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS 8 LIVE.
Hahaha, I swear they will soon start putting COSTA COFFEE, ARGOS, MCDONALDS in just with the hope of it twigging something in my brain that will make me believe their BS. Haha they literally just ram a new name in at the end to update it!
The MICROSOFT WINDOWS
THE Microsoft windows! Watch out, The Microsoft Windows is about!
collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online
Shit, thats some undertaking. How does it collect that info then, where is the disclaimer I signed allowing them to use my email address for anything at all?
among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail, Gmail we only select five people as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.
Again, reads like toss.
NOTE: FOR CLAIMS OF WINNING PRIZE YOU MUST CONTACT THE EMAIL BELOW WITH YOUR INFORMATION TO OPEN YOUR CLAIMS FILE.
Contact Email: (email@example.com)
Proper official lookin’ email address.
1. FULL NAMES: 2. HOUSE ADDRESS:
3. OCCUPATION: 4. SEX: 5. AGE:
6. DIRECT PHONE NO: 7. COUNTRY:
Thank you and congratulations once again!
They’re asking for lots of juicy info there, probably with the intention of cloning your identity and buying shit in your name.
Be wise peeps, and trust no-one online!