Subject: Lottery winnings
My wife Violet and I Allen Large won 11.3M USD in a lottery 6-49 in July, 2010 and we have decided to donate the sum of 2M USD to you. Contact us via our personal email for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org) You can verify our story by visiting the web page below. http://www.ctvnews.ca/n-s-couple-gives-away-11m-in-lottery-winnings-1.570916
When Boise resident Gregory Joseph received this email he was right to ignore it. Oftentimes these are phishing scams to make certain that the email address is valid, and opening links and responding to emails may open you up to more problems.
In researching this, I came across the header on the Nova Scotia Television station that did the original story about Violet and Allen Large who actually won the lottery.
Posted atop the link, the TV station wrote:
This news story was first published in 2010. Internet operations continue to link to this article to solicit funds from unsuspecting targets. The lottery funds have been distributed to charities and there is no reason to pursue any emails you may have received on the matter.