Email spammers take strategic stances on the online world…

I received this spam this morning. I found pretty funny the fact that it starts pushing the idea of a merger between Microsoft and AOL… And we all know that it would make a lot of sense for Microsoft to acquire the content business from AOL… So, spammers future competitors of SAI and PaidContent?

I’ve highlighted the funny pieces:

“Dear Sir/ Madam,

The prestigious Microsoft and AOL has set out and successfully organized a
 Sweepstakes marking the year 2009 anniversary
we rolled out over
US$400,419,864 for our New year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the
draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts
which we enjoy their patronage.

The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching
personalized email addresses to ticket numbers. If you ignore this
message, you will definitely regret it later. Microsoft and AOL are now
the largest Internet companies & in effort to make sure that Internet
Explorer remain the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are
running an e-mail beta test.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to reference and
ticket number 008795727498  with serial numbers MIC-AOL/8303/09 and drew
the lucky numbers 04-18-35-38-53-46 (12) which subsequently won you £
1,000,000 ( One Million Great Britain Pounds)  as one of the jackpot
winner in this draw. You have therefore won the entire winning sum of £
1,000,000 (One Million Great Britain Pounds) the draws registered as Draw
number one was conducted in Liverpool, UK on the 6th of February,2009.

These Draws are commemorative and as such special.Please be informed by
this winning notification to file your claims immediately. You are advised
to make contact to your referred agent who shall by duty guide you through
the process to facilitate the release of your winning prize.

To file for this claims, Please Contact your referred agent with your
verification information as required on the form below, beginning the
claims of your winnings funds as conducted by the lottery company. We
dedicate our special thanks & gratitude to Bill Gates {Now Retired from
Microsoft Corporations} .
We wish you the best of luck as you spend your
good fortune in this season.

Note: You have Two (2) weeks from the date of this publication to claim
your prize or you may forfeit your winnings. Thank you for being part of
our commemorative New year Anniversary Draws.Find below your referred
agent and the verification form:

Address: 18 South Drive, Hepworth,Diss,N0rfolk, IP22 2HF, UK
Contact Agent: Mr. Frank Powell
Tel: +44 703 593 0585
Email:frank.powelldesk@yahoo.com.hk

Name: …………………………….
Country of Origin…………………..
Place of Residence………………….
Occupation…………………………
Sex/Age……………………………
Telephone/Fax………………………
Winning Email ID……………………

NOTE: DUE TO FRAUDSTERS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO EFFECT TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK
ACCOUNT ONLY AND WHEN CONTACTING YOUR REFERRED AGENT, DO QUOTE YOUR TICKET
NUMBER AND SERIAL NUMBER FOR SECURITY REASONS.

Mr.Kevin Turner
Public Relations Officer
©2009 Microsoft Corporation”

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