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Me? A sweepstakes winner?

Posted Monday, November 19, 2007, at 7:37 PM

Wow!!! Just in time for the holidays. Sure is nice to win top prize worth one million pounds in a sweepstates I never entered.

Me, a person who checks to see if my wallet is still in my pocket when someone offers some big amount of anything free of charge or offers huge interest on my savings, winning the Oxford Sweepstakes????

Gosh! They didn't even mention my name, just led off the e-mail with Dear Award Beneficiary. Of course I have a contact person to direct me through the process of receiving my winnings.

In fact, the same message appeared five times on that one e-mail. I was thinking SCAM before I ever read the first one.

And how about this? The person I am to contact to collect my vast winnings is listed as Dr. David Trump. Do you suppose he's related to Donald Trump, who is famous for say, "You're Fired." Perhaps this one should say, "You're Stupid."

Do you suppose I must send in a processing fee and give my social security and bank account numbers so they'll know where to send my vast winnings?

How many of you received this same e-mail? Gosh, I sure hate to split all my winnings with all of you plus untold numbers of others from everywhere who received it.

How many people do you think, unfortunately, will respond to this?

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LOL! The joke comment around our house used to be "I am going to do so and so when my rich uncle gets out of the poor house". In todays electronic age it is "I am going to do so and so when they send me all that money I have won on the internet". Also, I have been the one millionth visitor on many sites, and as many as three times in the same week on the same site. However, it must work and I guess P. T. Barnum was really right after all.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 9:15 AM

I, too, have received bogus emails like the one you described. I opened the first one and went on to read that I had one a sweepstakes that I had never entered. Any that I've received since, I just delete without even opening. Unfortunately, some people will fall for this scam and will be out lots of money.

-- Posted by k_collins39 on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 9:23 AM

The sweepstakes winnings do not bother me near as much as King Fru Fru's widow that wants to wire me 32 million US Dollars b/c she cant get to it on her own. Or, the wife of the late whosoeverwecomeupwith that wants to send all her dead husband's money to me b/c she has cancer and is dying and she doesn't trust his family to do the "Christian thing" with his money, but she does entrust me a complete stranger!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 12:20 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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