Spam scam: that’s the closest I’ve come to being duped…

I’ve never been duped by spam, and I aim to keep it that way.

But  Thursday was the closest I’ve come yet to being even remotely fooled by a digital fraudster. How? Here’s how.

I never, ever do the National Lottery. But on Wednesday I did – and I bought my ticket online. The jackpot was around the £3m mark.

So when I got this email in my inbox on Thursday, I was very excited:

Subject: You’ve won £3.5m in the National Lottery

I was reading the email from my mobile phone at the time, and I nearly fell off my seat. But my dreams were shattered almost instantly, when I actually clicked to read the email:


Batch Number: 16/12/0011
Ref. Number: GML-L/212-34441

This e-mail is to inform you that your E-mail Address has won you the sum of £3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) from the GM LOTTERY. For your payment, you are required to contact our fiduciary agent with the contact details below:



(a) Full Name:
(b) Contact Address:
(c) Your Telephone and fax numbers:
(d) Your Age:
(e) Your Sex:
(f) Your country of origin:
(h) Have you won in the Past?
(i) Have you tried the New Windows 7?
(j) Occupation:

Yours Faithfully,

Hurst, Lena (LRC).

Now, quite clearly if this was a genuine lottery win, they wouldn’t need to ask me all these questions, as they’d have the answers already in my account. But the one question that really perplexed me was question i): have you tried the new Windows 7?

Firstly, Windows 7 has been out for almost two years, so it isn’t ‘new’. And secondly, well, I don’t need to say much more on this.

Fingers cross for tonight’s rollover