How do you treat fake emails stating that you have won a million dollar!!

India
February 10, 2011 8:35am CST
Hello Mylotters! These days we get increasing number of fake emails which state that they we have won a lottery for 10Million Dollars. Interestingly some few days back I got an email saying that I won a BMW X6 . I just read the email, and then deleted. Normally these kind of emails will ask to send our personal information and stuffs and after that nobody replies back to you. How do you treat these fake emails? Share your funny experiences with these mails.
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I ignore those letters. They are dangerous. Identity theft is very real snd if someone gains access to your personal information online you can be an easy victim. You should delete them.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thanks for the reply! But reading these mails will give a smile on your face, so once that is done we can delete it.
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@clrumfelt (5449)
• United States
10 Feb 11
You should also be careful about which emails you open because opening the wrong one can give your computer a virus.
@Devilova (5395)
• Indonesia
10 Feb 11
The most thing I will do is, ignore it. Also, I ever post one of it in this forum completed will all detail of the sender. To aware others about those spammer.
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• India
10 Feb 11
Ignoring the fake emails is the best way of preventing social engineers gain access to our personal information! But I do read sometimes out of curiosity.
@Devilova (5395)
• Indonesia
12 Feb 11
Sometime I opened it to know the address of the sender, whether from my country or from other country. Most of it was from out of my country.
• Canada
10 Feb 11
i mark it as spam. but one time i replied to it and told him if he can get the money on my behalf ill give him half of it hehehe
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• India
12 Feb 11
That was funny! Thanks for sharing your thoughts
• United States
10 Feb 11
i really hate getting fake emails--., to me its just really annoying, because seriously who believes you'd get 10million $$$ by a lottery or whatever?..?. i mean cmon thats just so crazy and so unbelievable. personally i've never had problems with that because all those just go into my spam and i just delete it. you immediately know its a fake email if they say you won but then ask you for personal information.... its just a trick to get you to put in your information..
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• India
11 Feb 11
Most of the emails offering fake money can be found out from the subject line whether the email is fake or not. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
@maximax8 (31164)
• United Kingdom
10 Feb 11
Today I got an email from someone pretending to he Customs and Excise. I looked at it just in case but didn't take any action because I believe it is a scam. I delete emails like that and find getting them in the first place quite annoying. The worst sort of scam is a fake one saying you have won a lottery of ten million dollars. Just as bad are emails pretending someone needs help with a person's estate. I know that if Pay Pal sent an email they will write Dear ... that would be the name of the person. E Bay would do the same sort of thing.
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• India
10 Feb 11
We can always trust emails which are send my ebay,paypal and other other famed online sites. But not from spammers
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
10 Feb 11
I get a lot of these e-mails,they seem to smell my need for income,but I only read some of them for entertainment. they are getting quite fancy these days,with all kind of tricks that makes them look legit.One of them I replied with a question,and they answered! But they want to much info that would lead to identity theft. I was proud of myself for not falling for it.You know what they say:If it sounds to good to be true ..... I replied to an other that I have on Olympic stadium to sell them in Montreal!! and asked if they want to swap? Sure enough ...no answer. So just have fun with them or ignore.
• India
10 Feb 11
Nice one mate! Just have Fun with them or Ignore!
@beamer88 (4262)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I've had received quite a number of those not only in my mail but also through messages on my phone. They get filtered as spam mail but there are indeed a couple that still makes it to my inbox. I just mark them again as spam. But I must admit, the first few times that I got these types of mail, I still opened and read them even though I know they couldn't be true. A BMW (an SUV at that) can make anyone peek into such a mail.
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• India
10 Feb 11
Absolutely my friend! The more attractive the subject line of the email, more chances of people viewing the email. Spammers do think a lot
@kewlme (163)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
If the sender is not familiar with me then I do not bother reading it. I will just delete it since this is not worth my time.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thanks for the reply! ITS REALLY NOT WORTH THE TIME
@K46620 (1993)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I don't get many of them, which is good. When I see them I laugh and press the delete button.
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@hlgmdt (301)
• Philippines
11 Feb 11
It seems that everyday, I receive such kinds of email. It's easy to identify that these are spam mails so I don't waste my time opening them anymore. They go straight to the trash. Haha..
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
10 Feb 11
If I have a spam folder, I will put it there and then delete it. Otherwise I will delete it immediately. I do not like fake emails because they also allow spammers to get my email address. Oh and I usually check the headings first if it looks like a real and honest email. You would not know all the famous people or millionaires that I am related to, not.
• India
10 Feb 11
Thanks for your comments! It is better to be safe rather than taking risk
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
11 Feb 11
But it is amazing how many people really think that the email sender is giving them something for nothing or that they have a rich uncle. I feel rather insult when I get those emails as if they say that people who work at home, and or housewives or people who are house bound are stupid. I do wonder if businesses also get this spam mail or whether it is just related to us people who are at home.
• India
12 Feb 11
I think these fake emails do spread across to all people and business. And as most people reject these mails, its not a cause of concern.
@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
12 Feb 11
divinchris, In the first place, most of these Spams would have been picked up by our email's spam control programs to let us have a peaceful inbox. So, I never or rarely would actually read them because I just do not have that luxury of time. It is a fact that these Spams are not as plain as they use to be where of late it is found to be responsible with phishing, infecting computers with Trojans, Key logger and even Backdoor. So, I really have to convince you to stop entertaining yourself with these potentially dangerous emails and lest you do not want these complications to befall on your computer or you. Don't waste your time and I can assure you there are more things on the net of entertainment value than Spams. Have a nice day.
• India
12 Feb 11
You are right friend! All I do is just read these mails and will delete. I do not reply to them.
• Singapore
12 Feb 11
divinchris, I am actually advising you NOT to open it, let alone read it. Because, these mails may actually contain codes that will wreak havoc on your machine the minute you open them. So, leave them alone, if possible filter them into your Spam folder and dump them totally. Believe me, this will save you a whole lot of trouble.
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• United States
11 Feb 11
i laugh lol people thinking they can fool others(it happens) but oh well thats how you learn from your experiences but yeah i delete them of course expecially since they are sent to the spam folder
• India
12 Feb 11
Laughter the best medicine, every time I get these fake emails I will laugh for sometime and finally delete.
• United States
12 Feb 11
i have to agree "Laughter the best medicine" xD
• China
12 Feb 11
I never believe that.In my whole life I never ever won anything.Nowadays in the world everyone wants to earn money.How can it be that easy to get a lot wealth with no reason.U know at supermarket after we purchese much we can get chance to the sweeptakes.Even though the prizes are worth less it's still a lot of trouble before we actually get it.So no money come in a easy way.There is a Chinese saying that if the money come not in the right way it will go in the same way soon.So just delete the scam email.
• India
12 Feb 11
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the Chinese saying is absolutely right!
@gtdonna (1739)
12 Feb 11
What I do if I am feeling idle is to respond to the emails , especially the ones asking about a bank account saying that I do not have a bank account, but I would happily set up one if they send me a small amount of the money that I have won to do so Of course they never reply to my email and never send another one
• India
12 Feb 11
Yea that is how these people work! If we ask something smartly those people will never respond. So ultimately we do not lose anything.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
11 Feb 11
I always get emails from a guy in Nigeria who wants me to take care of his millions and therefore he'll pay me a lot of money. Well, I only read that once but I still get the mails (which are automatically put into the junkmail folder). Then there's a lot of such emails which I don't read at all and as my Mail filter works fine I never have to care about it. I just hope that no genuine email that says I've won money would be deleted!
• India
12 Feb 11
Thanks for sharing your comments! Glad to know that the Nigeria girl is after you as well
11 Feb 11
i have never been sent an email that states that i have won anything, well not yet anyway. I know what i do and don't enetr into most of the time. I also know we will get many fake emails a day saying different things, there is always a catch to everything really. If i received an email like this it would just be deleted as i know that it would not be true. I do get a lot of offers to enter competitions to win different things, but always we are having to fill in details and we progress to the next round then the next round then the next round and so on. I don't think the rounds ever end, They are just all bogus and are a complete waste of my time so i do not bother to enter them anymore.
• India
12 Feb 11
Thanks for your comments! You are right my friend, the page will be redirected,redirected and finally we won't get anything.
@derek_a (10891)
11 Feb 11
These e-mails get immediately trashed if they are not already in my junk mail folder. I used to get phone calls and letters saying that I had won millions, but I have now registered to stop junk mail coming to my house and also all junk phone calls, and get very little of it except for e-mails that is. _Derek
• India
12 Feb 11
Thanks Derek! It is always better to be safe rather than taking risk.
@CarlHalling (3627)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 11
Before I settle down to read my e-mails in the morning, I delete most of them. I will never open one which has an attachment unless it's from a trusted source. And I'll delete all those that don't strike me as authentic. Then I'll settle down and read the few e-mails I have left. Then it's time for serious work! But long ago about ten years ago, I was an internet baby, and as I recall I believed most e-mails I was sent (smile).
• India
12 Feb 11
Good to see your comments! As time goes by it is obvious that no one will waste time reading unwanted emails.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
10 Feb 11
I think that everyone gets them once in a while. I think that many of them come from Nigerian scam artists. There really is nothing that I can do about it. I tried to reply to them but the reply can't get sent to them. I find that ironic. lol. I can't really block any senders anymore. So I just wind up deleting the messages altogether.
• India
12 Feb 11
Good that your did not send your personal information to that spam email. Information lost can have serious implications. Do not reply to those emails, just read them laugh out loud and then delete.