This scam message, sent no doubt to tens of thousands of people in the last few days, takes a novel approach to picking your pocket. “Richard and Angela Maxwell,” you see, are already lottery winners, and they are feeling generous. You may not have won the lottery yourself, but they want to share their winnings with you! What could be better?
Subject: ©2015 The Maxwells Email Financial Support Project
From: “Richard Maxwell” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015
This is an email correspondence from Richard & Angela Maxwell, £53M Euromillions jackpot winners to acknowledge that your email was selected by a Google powered email newsletter software operated by registered British freelance tech experts upon our request to receive a cash donation of £1million from our family. For Claims, Send Name, Address, & Tel. Find more info here
Richard & Angela Maxwell.
Unfortunately, it’s just another version of the good old “advance fee fraud.” If you answer them, you’ll discover that they need you to pay “fees” and “taxes” up front before you can get your money, and then if you pay they will disappear, never to be heard from again.