All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.



Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!

12/11/2015

I'll Get Right On It

In todays email:

SHELL PETROLEUM LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION IN COLLARBORATION WITH SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY {SPDC} AND BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO C OMPANY.
REF No: EGS/251256003/02
BATCH No: 14/0017/1PD
WINNING No: 60/84/27/8/36
                                      
                        OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION
Dear winner,
Winner in the 2nd category of our Shell Management free Net Lottery Promotional award draws held on 5th OCT 2015.I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of L800,000.00 Pounds (Eight hundred thousand  only ) which you won through the email ballot draws in our Shell Management Lotto Award on  5th OCT 2015 in the second category prize winnings category.
We wish to inform you that your total prize money of L800,000.00 Pounds has been Returned to us by our Lotto claims delivery company as unclaimed prize after their initial Letter to your address for your award payment was not successful.
You are here by requested to contact our Treasury Officer on his email address below for Your immediate award payment.
Treasury officer's name: Mr Alex Bate
Email: admin.shel.centre@webmail.co.za
Tel:  +27-787432159

Therefore contact her immediately for your claim lotto prize award payment.
You should contact our Treasury Officer as directed above for your payment, and do notify me as soon as you received your payment from our Treasurer.
Please note: You have to reconfirm your full details to him such as:

1. Name in full:             ..
2. Address:                ..
3. Nationality:               
4. Age:                    .
5. Occupation:                  .
6. Phone/Fax:                   .
7. Present Country:                 
Thanks,
Anderson Edward (President; Int'l Lotto Org.) ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TODISQUALIFICATION. WINNING RESULT MUST BE KEPT SECRET TO AVOID DOUBLECLAIM WHICH WILL RESULT CANCELIATION

Normally I just delete this stuff.  The person who wrote this doesn't speak English as their first language.  They do have a very good command of British English, which is to be expected of a person with a email address and phone number in South Africa.  There are a couple of tell tale hints that let the read know this "notice" isn't on the level.  Other than the fact I've never entered a South African lottery that pays its winners in pounds sterling.

The sad thing is that the person writing this is smart enough to fake a business letter in  a second language.  That shows a degree of intelligence and education.  Seems like (s)he (they mixed the pronouns in the letter) could apply those skills to a legal trade and earn money the honest way.

3 comments:

  1. WaterBoy12:27 PM

    I'm actually surprised things like this are still going around...or at least getting to your Inbox past the spam filters.

    I figured that the scammers would have realized that most everyone is onto their scams by now. Unless there are still people falling for them here and there, in which case the investment costs are minute compared to the possible return.

    "Seems like (s)he (they mixed the pronouns in the letter) could apply those skills to a legal trade and earn money the honest way."

    What's better than getting your money for nothing?

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  2. I got one of this type of Phishing email a couple of months ago. Kind of surprised me too.

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