Saturday, August 22, 2009

You have to be crazy to believe this scam

This looks like the usual lottery scam: If you reply, they'll ask for your bank account number and/or demand fees, and there goes your money. But check out the bottom of the message. What's with that? The message headers reveal that hackers compromised an email account at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio ( Thus, the automatic footer (starting with "Visit us") from the organization's server. Whoops.

Don't be fooled, don't respond.




We are pleased to notify you the "Winner" of our last Secured Mega Jackpot Online Sweepstakes result. This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and all email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of registered software and domain users.

Reference Number: UC 64 LX 2009
e-ticket number: 76544556263 098
Category: A
Amount: $2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)

You are required to establish contact with your claims agent via e-mail with the particulars presented below:

Contact: Mr. Leon Becker
Phone: +31 61 671 0747

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to furnish Mr. Becker With the following information:

1. Full name... 2. Address... 3. Occupation... 4. Tel/Fax.... 5. Cell/Mobile.... 6. Age... 7. Winning Ref Number...........


Monica Floyd
Promotions Co-ordinator

NOTE: This is an Automated Message; do not respond. You should contact the assigned claims agent immediately to process the remittance of the prize sum to you.

Visit us at

The enclosed information is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and is intended for the use of the addressee only. University Hospitals and its affiliates disclaim any responsibility for unauthorized disclosure of this information to anyone other than the addressee.

Federal and Ohio law protect patient medical information, including psychiatric_disorders, (H.I.V) test results, A.I.Ds-related conditions, alcohol, and/or drug_dependence or abuse disclosed in this email. Federal regulation (42 CFR Part 2) and Ohio Revised Code section 5122.31 and 3701.243 prohibit disclosure of this information without the specific written consent of the person to whom it pertains, or as otherwise permitted by law.

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