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The Evilest Spam EVAH!

I received the most bizarre spam email. It claims to be from the company that makes Guinness:

Guinness Online Lottery.
Diageo Ireland
P.O. Box 1759,
Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Ireland
www.guinness.com

THE GUINNESS COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just
concluded draws held by Guinness Company. Your E-mail was
among the 5 Lucky winners who won £2,500,000.00 GBP
(Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand, British Pound Sterling’s)
each in the Guinness Company online Lottery. This draw is being
organized to enhance awareness and publicity of the Guinness
Extra-Stout product.

Your E-mail was attached to E-Code number: (GOL53258954-248)
and E-ticket number:EM8217DD. The online draws was conducted
by a random selection of E-mail addresses from an exclusive list of
62,447,639 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies
picked by an advanced automated random computer search from
the internet. No Tickets were sold but all e-mail addresses were
assigned to different E-ticket numbers for representation and
privacy.

To begin the claim processing of your prize you are to contact your
payment representative and provide her with the following
informations as stated below, so we can proceed with the verification,
clearance and remittance of your won funds to you.

1. Full Names:
2. Contact Address:
3. Phone number(s):
4. Occupation:
5. Date of birth:
6. Nationality:
7. Country:
8. E-Code number:
9. E-ticket number:

Payment Representative
———————————————————–
Name : Dr. Gordons Brown
Email: guinness-04@hotmail.com
Tel : +447045766594
———————————————————–

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours Truly,
Rev. Wilton Bour
General Manager (Notification Department)

Yep. I’m sure Guinness has a reverend working for them–no doubt, he’s really good at collecting “informations.”

Have spammers no decency?

Comments

  1. #1 Silmarillion
    December 3, 2007

    And a hotmail.com address no less! Killorglin is a small-ish village, so what Diageo is doing down there and not in Dublin is anyone’s guess. :)

  2. #2 Ex-drone
    December 3, 2007

    No way!! My e-ticket number is EM8217DC. I missed it by one! Damn!!

  3. #3 Ktesibios
    December 3, 2007

    Technically speaking, Mike, that’s a phishing scam, not a garden-variety spam (although since it’s unsolicited, phishing emails could be considered a subset of the set of spam).

    Judging by the contents of my Hotmail junk mail box, “lottery” scams seem to be gaining popularity while the older style “air crash victim/dead Nigerian dictator left millions behind” pitches seem to be waning.

    Ah, the vagaries of fashion.

  4. #4 Toby
    December 3, 2007

    Diageo are a massive food conglomerate … I would guess their corporate HQ has a larger staff that the population of Killorglin!!!

    Think they are based in London, Guinness is only a tiny part of their empire.

  5. #5 Graculus
    December 4, 2007

    Have spammers no decency?

    That was a rhetorical question, right?

    Even the garden variety spam (viagra, stocks, etc) are usually sent by breaking various laws and ethical standards.

    Killorglin is a small-ish village, so what Diageo is doing down there and not in Dublin is anyone’s guess.

    I’d guess that the headers would reveal that this email was not sent from Killorglin, Dublin, or even London.

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    October 6, 2010

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    The Evilest Spam EVAH!

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    Posted on: December 3, 2007 10:56 AM, by Mike

    I received the most bizarre spam email. It claims to be from the company that makes Guinness:
    Guinness Online Lottery. Diageo Ireland P.O. Box 1759, Killorglin, Co. Kerry Ireland http://www.guinness.com

    THE GUINNESS COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

    We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just
    concluded draws held by Guinness Company. Your E-mail was
    among the 5 Lucky winners who won £2,500,000.00 GBP
    (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand, British Pound Sterling’s)
    each in the Guinness Company online Lottery. This draw is being
    organized to enhance awareness and publicity of the Guinness
    Extra-Stout product.

    Your E-mail was attached to E-Code number: (GOL53258954-248)
    and E-ticket number:EM8217DD. The online draws was conducted
    by a random selection of E-mail addresses from an exclusive list of
    62,447,639 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies
    picked by an advanced automated random computer search from
    the internet. No Tickets were sold but all e-mail addresses were
    assigned to different E-ticket numbers for representation and
    privacy.

    To begin the claim processing of your prize you are to contact your
    payment representative and provide her with the following
    informations as stated below, so we can proceed with the verification,
    clearance and remittance of your won funds to you.

    1. Full Names:
    2. Contact Address:
    3. Phone number(s):
    4. Occupation:
    5. Date of birth:
    6. Nationality:
    7. Country:
    8. E-Code number:
    9. E-ticket number:

    Payment Representative
    ———————————————————–
    Name : Dr. Gordons Brown
    Email: guinness-04@hotmail.com
    Tel : +447045766594
    ———————————————————–

    Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

    Yours Truly,
    Rev. Wilton Bour
    General Manager (Notification Department)

    Yep. I’m sure Guinness has a reverend working for them–no doubt, he’s really good at collecting “informations.”

    Have spammers no decency?

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    1

    And a hotmail.com address no less! Killorglin is a small-ish village, so what Diageo is doing down there and not in Dublin is anyone’s guess. :)

    Posted by: Silmarillion | December 3, 2007 11:24 AM
    2

    No way!! My e-ticket number is EM8217DC. I missed it by one! Damn!!

    Posted by: Ex-drone | December 3, 2007 11:49 AM
    3

    Technically speaking, Mike, that’s a phishing scam, not a garden-variety spam (although since it’s unsolicited, phishing emails could be considered a subset of the set of spam).

    Judging by the contents of my Hotmail junk mail box, “lottery” scams seem to be gaining popularity while the older style “air crash victim/dead Nigerian dictator left millions behind” pitches seem to be waning.

    Ah, the vagaries of fashion.

    Posted by: Ktesibios | December 3, 2007 12:40 PM
    4

    Diageo are a massive food conglomerate … I would guess their corporate HQ has a larger staff that the population of Killorglin!!!

    Think they are based in London, Guinness is only a tiny part of their empire.

    Posted by: Toby | December 3, 2007 3:38 PM
    5

    Have spammers no decency?

    That was a rhetorical question, right?

    Even the garden variety spam (viagra, stocks, etc) are usually sent by breaking various laws and ethical standards.

    Killorglin is a small-ish village, so what Diageo is doing down there and not in Dublin is anyone’s guess.

    I’d guess that the headers would reveal that this email was not sent from Killorglin, Dublin, or even London.

    Posted by: Graculus | December 4, 2007 8:44 AM
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