My email has won and my cousin seven times removed has passed away.

United States
February 23, 2008 12:27pm CST
I must receive at least 2-3 emails a day that state that I my email has been chosen and I am the grand winner of said foreign lottery or that I have a relative or friend who has kept me in their sights and have kindly left me an inheritance in the grand sum of .............! I used to delete them and now I answer them letting them know that I can recognize hogswaggle when I see it and not to contact me again. Do you receive emails such as these and what do you do with them?
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67 responses
• United States
23 Feb 08
I would suggest you do not respond to them and just delete them. Some of the emails are there in hope you respond and once you do they will send you more! More importantly is that some of the senders are very nasty people and it's better not to acknowledge them.
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• United States
23 Feb 08
Thank you for that advice. I won't reply to them anymore, now I just wonder how I can get rid of them permenantly.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
They will eventually go away, but, as you have been responding you may get more for a while. They get your email address as you have either signed up for something using your email address or you have a web page somewhere with your email address or your ISP is selling them! It is a good idea to sign up for a "junk" email address, like thru yahoo and use that you need to enter your email address. If you have any filter options on your email client, you can usually tag certain emails as junk, but, that may not help as the senders change their email addresses all the time. Some filters will allow you to recieve email from only people in your address book.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I do have "junk" email address just for that reason. I use them to fill out surveys and things like that.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I always delete these type of emails when I get them. My spam filter picks up most of them now but one or two do get through. They must think I'm dumb or something that I would fall for something stupid like that! Some people have the nerve!
• United States
24 Feb 08
Well, I guess they figure if they can scam even one in a million its worth their time.
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@bikespot (484)
• Canada
24 Feb 08
I get a bunch of spam emails , but not a huge amount in some of my emails. In my public emails , well business ones i get so much spam. About 90% of it is just spam, i hate it. We have a problem with spammers at our forum. Just recently we agreed to get rid of the spammers by contacting the host of the spammers website about them spamming. If you ever have problems with spam , just contact the host of the spam website. Simple as that , the host will take your threat seriously. Good luck.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I agree with you completely. I probably get close to 400 emails a day and 50% are spam. The rest are mylot notifications. LOL.
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@gemini_rose (16192)
23 Feb 08
We get them too!! We have won so many lotteries just lately I lost count of how many millions we have ha ha. Oh and all these kind strangers just keep deciding that they are going to leave the whole of their wealth to us even though they have never met us, but we are the first email address they came up with. Oh and the latest one is that someone entered me into something and I have won a heap of money to spend in a supermarket, I mean do you think that anyone actually ever falls for these things, I have heard stories of people that do but how?? I can see that they are rubbish so I cannot imagine anyone else falling for it all. When you answer the emails do they ever respond? We just send the mail where it deserves to go, in the computer trash can.
• United States
23 Feb 08
Can you believe the audacity of these people? I suppose there are those that fall for it though. I feel sorry for those people that do and I wonder how much they have lost to scams such as these.
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Lo, yes, & I hit that delete button so fast! Do they really think people fall for those? They must or they wouldn't keep sending em ey?
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@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I was told if you respond that then they know your email address is good and will bug you all the more as well as there spammer friends. I dont know?
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• United States
23 Feb 08
I think thats a good point. Makes you wonder how the heck they got your email address in the first place.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Usually they get your e-mail address because well-meaning friends pass along those fake amber alert warnings or cute pictures or jokes of the day by forwarding them to all their "friends" at once instead of thoughtfully addressing social e-mails by hand and doing a cut and paste to share the materials without also sharing malware and stuff. Anyone who can afford a computer should be able to afford the time and/or money to learn about spam and put spam protection in place before sharing anything with their friends. Most people, apparently, do not. Just as we need a driver's license and insurance to drive a car, maybe people should at least have insurance for their computers! My insurance is software that protects against this sort of attack. People need to think of spam e-mails not as offers, but rather as vicious attacks which need to be repelled.
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Feb 08
I do the same why if I believed any of them I would be a multi billionare but I learned one thing after having done as you did, told them it was all hoggswaggle, and oh my my spam tripled as if they had sent all their buddies out to get me so I am wondering if its not better just to delete them instead.Much as it does you good to get it off your chest nobody needs more spam.
• United States
24 Feb 08
Depends on your mood, I guess. Sometimes you can only put up with so much. LOL.
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Feb 08
You know there are times, I guess most of us have that. when I wish to God that that bogus offer was true mostly when I have too much month left and no money left.
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
24 Feb 08
yes i do recieved emails that i won almost every other day..im fed up with it that even at yuwie one of my friend try to scam me about leaving an inheritance,,,
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• United States
24 Feb 08
A friend of yours at Yuwie did that? Wow, thats pretty bad. I used to belong to that site, but I closed my account a couple of weeks ago.
• South Korea
24 Feb 08
yes,one of my yuwie friend,her message was exactly the same of those emails i recieved.thats why i suspect that she wanted to scam me.,shes offering me 10 million pounds because she is dying and no kids,,but when i visit her site she got 3 kids..
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 08
These types of emails are now automatically filtered into my spam box! I can't be bothered with them and I don't even want to see them, I periodically empty my trash box out, you have the patience to respond to them. I always ignore stuff I get on the internet if you start interacting with them then you get another barrel load of cr*p sent to you either that or they start getting nasty or use your email for other nefarious purposes. But don't spend all that money at once LOL!
• United States
23 Feb 08
Darn and I had so many plans. Even you were getting a new car and now you've ruined it for the both of us. See how you are wolfie? LOL.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 08
Can you hear me howling (and there's not even a full moon!) how could you do that to me???
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@TazRes (827)
• United States
24 Feb 08
HI Kbourgerie, I might have received such emails, but didn't know it, usually if I don't recognize the sender I don't open it, because it's a lot of viruses out there. alot of the unknown senders are redirected to my junk folder.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I guess I'm always afraid that I'm going to miss something. The only ones that I can readily identify and can trash without opening is the ones that have viagra written all over them. LOL.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Feb 08
We are all prone to receiving such email, kbougerie, and I have two methods of dealing with them: Sometimes I will report them to Fraudwatch, and sometimes I will just mark them as spam. I noticed that I don't get nearly so many since I began doing this.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I think I will look up Fraudwatch. Thanks for the information.
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@uath13 (8204)
• United States
24 Feb 08
Phishing - Choking fish
I get tons of them. I email them a picture of a choking fish since that's what their doing, phishing.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
That is too funny, thanks for sharing.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I get these all the time. I ways mark it as spam. I know all they do is change their e-mail and they can still send it to me. I am like most of you if I did when as much money as my e-mail says I would not be liveing in this apartment and busting my butt off to pay my bills. I hope that one day they find a way to stop those people from doing this, it seems like the elderly are the ones that always get hit the hardest. And that makes it even more sad.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
Yes, I thought about that myself, the elderly probably are the most hard struck by these predators. Sad, but true.
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@comfort55 (1574)
• India
24 Feb 08
I think everybody receives such stupid emails..somebody warned me to open it as it may contain virus so I straight away send them to trash..There are endless such mails in junkmail which I dont open at all but in my inbox one or the other is there..I wonder why people waste their time & energy on such stupid things.
• United States
24 Feb 08
Some people don't understand being scammed and so will fall prey to these predators. Unfortunately, thats just the kind of person they are targeting.
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@aasani (82)
• India
24 Feb 08
Begging and cheating are becoming a glorified and noble profession and the art is becoming more glorified, these people take advantage of inherent weakness of human nature. Removing our poverty by making us a millionare for a few seconds; I wonder how many times you have become a millioniare for few seconds and then again you are the same Nothing succeeds in life except hardlabour and diligence.
• United States
24 Feb 08
Very well said, and I agree with you completely.
@owlwings (42009)
• Cambridge, England
24 Feb 08
SPAMMERS SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLY! What is very necessary to understand about spam is that these are bulk mailings to thousands of addresses at once. There are two ways of getting a list of addresses. One of the most common ways of doing this is to use software to generate the addresses - millions of them. When you receive one of these mailings it is not because the sender KNOWS your address. They don't and many of their mails go to addresses that don't exist. The second way for spammers to compile a list of addresses is for them to buy a list of known positives. Obviously this requires a little outlay on their part but it is probably well worth their while because they are much more likely to find a gullible person who takes them up on their offer. So how are these lists of 'known good' addresses compiled? In many ways, of course, but one of the most certain and valuable is when someone replies to a spam mail for whatever reason. This is the reason that it is a Golden Rule to NEVER reply to spam!
• United States
24 Feb 08
Thank you so much for such an informative and well thought out response.
@honeylore23 (1085)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I have also receive that kind of email and now in gmail. I don't respond anymore to those kind of emails as I know very well those are scams. I have those kind of emails spam after I read. I have already proven those are scam when I reply to one of the email which I receive year ago using false personal data and later as we go along the process of exchanging emails, it ended up, he needs money for him to process the inheritance and he asked for a big amount and in Euro. Lol In the latest email I received, it said that I have a kin who just passed away and left inheritance. He needs me in order for him to cash out the money since I am the only living kin of the person. It is just unbelievable.
• United States
24 Feb 08
I find it incredible with all the family that I have, I am the only one that can receive this inheritance. Please, I must have sucker written all over me. NOT!!
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• Philippines
24 Feb 08
yes! always and it's really annoying. there are also mails telling me that a wealthy investor would like to make a transfer in my bank account because he/she is going in hiding. blah blah blah. that really annoys me. these people think that we are stupid to fall for scams like that.
• United States
24 Feb 08
Actually its kind of funny the lengths they will go to, to try to persuade you to give your information.
@zabmer (36)
• India
23 Feb 08
Yes previously I too would get a hell lot of junk stuff which I would patiently delete sometimes I would feel great and respond to it specially readers digest they promise a lot and take you to stages and in the final stage which you wait so patiently getting frustrated all they reply that there is one more stage for you to go so please buy this novels we are giving you at so and so rate and I foolishly would respond as I have come so far one more step wont matter....But if I see one I just delete without a second thought as these people use our email address to make money.
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• United States
24 Feb 08
I get way more junk email than I do personal email. I wake up everyday to at least 300 emails a day.
@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
23 Feb 08
I received it twice already. I just ignore it. It is a waste of time minding those people. They might put my money and life in danger. lol But seriously, I just don't mind it at all.
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• United States
23 Feb 08
Only twice? I must get several of them a day. If it was only twice it wouldn't be so bad, but I get them daily.
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@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
23 Feb 08
Well, the money they pretended I won must be enough to buy Mars, Venus and a couple of Jupiter's satellites... It's just a small waste of time - the time it takes for me to delete these mails...
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• United States
23 Feb 08
I know we should all be rich and not earning the small amount we are here on mylot.