Spam, wonderful spam

Just a quickie this week. I have a colleague who had a mail. “Lucky winner”, it told him, “You’ve won a prize draw”, it said. So, what sort of spam was …

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31st October 2007 at 9:55 am

Just a quickie this week. I have a colleague who had a mail. “Lucky winner”, it told him, “You’ve won a prize draw”, it said. So, what sort of spam was this, you’ll be wondering – who was trying to harvest his details no doubt with a view to rifling his bank account later on?

Actually you’d be wrong in this instance. It was from the National Lottery and he had indeed won a tenner. Note to Lottery organisers: if you ever want your e-mails to be taken seriously, try to make them look less like a scam from someone doing a bit of phishing…

Guy Clapperton

Guy Clapperton is a freelance journalist who specialises in small business issues and has written for the likes of The Guardian, the FT and the Daily Mirror. Guy has written about finance and franchising for SmallBizPod. http://www.guyclapperton.co.uk

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