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Junk Mail from Europe Says I’ve Won Half a Million

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This happens all the time. But how? I guess all the e-mail addresses of all the people in the world are in some great big bingo caller’s ball somewhere. And every once in a while, they draw mine out. But I’ve got to hand it to whomever it is. At least he/she/it is clever.

Here’s what I received Sunday:

This is to imform you directly, You have been selected among 10 individuals worldwide to benefit from a jackpot lottery sum $11.3 Million of Mr and Mrs Allen Violet Large and voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $500,000.00 USD to you as part of charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals.

Please you can verify by visiting the web pages below.

Contact Mr and Mrs Allen Violet Large

Well, it goes without saying I will not be contacting Mr. OR Mrs. Allen Violet Large. But I like their name.

Here’s something else I want to know:

Do folks actually click on these sites to verify? I think they must or these ridiculous e-mails wouldn’t keep going out. And, please, don’t you click on those sites either. There’s no telling what’s liable to happen.

Besides, who are these “10 lucky individuals” I’m going to help by accepting $500K? Well, anyway, there it is. Another piece of idiotic junk mail I can toss into the theoretical circular file.

Oh, wait, I almost forgot. Here’s the best part:

Ensure you are the rightful owner of the selected email address and contact us with the security code[ A7449METP00 ] Reply for claims without this security code will be alerting the United Kingdom for fraud and you will face the full Action of Anti-fraud Unit Law.

So I guess if I try to collect this fictional money without the code, I could spend time in a British prison. Seriously! You can’t write this stuff. Well, actually, I guess that’s not true, is it?


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