I’ve won two million dollars!!!!!! At least, that’s what I’ve been told recently in a couple of e-mails I’ve received. It seems I’ve been so lucky that I’ve won two prizes, each about a million dollars, in two random drawings of e=mail addresses.
One of these e-mails has the following heading:
MARKETPLACE MIDDLE EAST UNDER
DIFC/DUBAI INTERNATIONL FINANCIAL CENTER
(YOUR GATEWAY TO GROWTH) AND MTN MIDDLE EAST NETWORK
IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION
PO Box 702101, Dubai Media City-United Arab Emirates
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM
Then comes the good news:
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of the DIFC/DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER (YOUR GATEWAY TO GROWTH), AND MTN Middle East Network in Collaboration with INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUUCATION [sic] UNION LOTTERY PROGRAM PROMOTION. Your e-mail was among 20 Lucky winners who won $950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) each in the MARKETPLACE MIDDLE EAST UNDER DIFC/DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER PROMO dated as stated above.
Wow! Pretty impressive, huh? And at the very bottom of the e-mail is the following name: Prince Sheikh Salaiman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. Now that’s a name that sounds like MONEY.
The other e-mail gives the following address: Yahoo/Windows Live, 125 Shaftsbury Avenue WC2H 8AD London, United Kingdom. And here’s the news of my good fortune:
All the executive members of Yahoo/Windows Live wish to inform you that you have won a prize money of Seven Hundred, Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds…for the 2009 new year Prize promotion which was organized by YAHOO MANAGEMENT TEAM & WINDOWS LIVE this Month of February 2009 to celebrate our 15 years since we became the best e-mail provider worldwide.
At an exchange rate of about $1.44 (US) for each British pound, that amounts to about $1,036, 800. So, according to these two emails, I’ve won a total of about two million dollars!!!!!!
However, I suspect these e-mails are scams of some kind. The fact that the e-mail that supposedly came from England is written in pretty poor English reinforces my skepticism. And by doing an Internet search for “Yahoo/Windows Live Drawing,” I found that other people have received that same e-mail and give various reasons for dismissing it as a shoddily-done scam.
So, after all, being the pessimistic, skeptical, cynical guy that I am, I’m going to treat these e-mails as scams and ignore them.
Of course, last year I thought Ron Paul had no chance of being elected prsdent, and look how wrong I was about that.