Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Do I go to work today?

Now a friend of mine will see this title and get her feathers in a fluff immediately because I was teasing her last night that I might not go this one day this week that I am expected to be in.

Actually, procrastination is NOT what this is about.  But I put that title in there for fun.  I do that sometimes.  I'm a wild girl. 

The true title might have been something like Lottery? Or Spam Pt 2? Or, I dunno... so I wrote the title above.  Don't kid yourselves - I know the title is the most important part of the post and if I don't hook you with the title, you'll never read the rest of the post.  So I agonize over that.

But today, I clearly didn't agonize.  This morning in my Borg Blog e-mail account was the following letter:


Now, I admit, the first instinct is to think it's a spam scam.  Except for the following few things:
  1. Gillian & Adrian Bayford really do exist.
  2. They really did win the Euro Millions jackpot lottery in England (which I verified NOT by clicking their posts)
  3. Their links actually are to the sites that they list in their e-mail - i.e., it's not a link that says one thing but takes you some place else (I tried to create one here in blogger, as an example, but Blogger won't let me)
  4. The place the links take you to are actual legitimate news outlets
  5. They do NOT claim to be Nigerian Princes.
  6. They do not appear on the SURFACE to be looking to have their money laundered.
  7. They don't give me any directions of what to do - no bank account information to be wired to.
  8. Their English and writing is actually fairly grammatically correct and not broken. 
  9. Their e-mail address - while apparently from a free e-mail account service - does at least actually seem to match their name and isn't full of gobbledygook
So I admit, I'm kinda confused, and kinda curious.  I may be one of ten lucky folks to be receiving $1mm USD from them.  I sure could use it...

But still.  To keep my friend from giving me a hard time, I guess I better go shower and go to work.  After all, according to the articles, that's what the Bayfords would do...

On a serious note, any thoughts about what to think about this e-mail would be much appreciated. 


6 comments:

  1. Um, I have no clue. Hope that was helpful!

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    1. Yes. Very helpful! It made me laugh and smile! What else could I use? ;) Oh, wait. I guess I said above I could use $1mm USD... Nah. I'll take the laughter and smiles - I'm a simple girl!

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  2. Delete. Delete. Delete. Delete.

    Or visit here: http://www.spamfighter.com/News-17911-E-mail-Scam-Uses-Names-of-Gillian-and-Adrian-Bayford-the-EuroMillions-Winners.htm

    It's a scam. You really thought it would be anything else?

    Or were you scamming us? :)

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    1. A girl can dream, can't she? ;) I have a big UK following. Some days even bigger than my Canadian following (which by the way, you guys are behind the Russians - what's up with that?) Someone could have decided I was worthy. I am, after all, worthy, aren't I? ;)

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  3. Snopes, my poor Borg. Always Snopes before Hopes.

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    1. Well, again, I was just pointing out the discrepancies between it and traditional spam. And I did find someone else asking about it when I searched on the internet, but all of the other accounts have such things as "here, send us your banking information by clicking here." These guys are pretty stupid spammers, you must admit. There are NO additional instructions about what to do... and their links were legit...

      Which led me to think that maybe tomorrow, they'll e-mail me with the details. ;) Right?

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