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This is an example of a “mystery scam” message that promises you have just won a fortune from an organization you’ve never heard of. Alas, it’s just another version of the good old advance fee fraud.
Subject: Congrat Reply Now
From: FINANCIAL DONATION UK
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON PRINCE ALWALEED FINANCIAL DONATION OF $25,000,000 USD
If you make the mistake of replying to ask for more information, you’ll discover that you have to pay “taxes” or “transfer payments” or “bank fees” before the (imaginary) fortune can be delivered to you. And then if you make the bigger mistake of paying, the scammer will disappear with your money and you’ll never hear from him again.
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UPDATE: It looks like “Prince Alwaleed” really wants to give his money away. The message above came yesterday, and today this new version is making the rounds:
Subject: Great News To You.
From: Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015
Message from Saudi Arabia Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal for his charity donation and You have been selected as recipient/benefactor for $2.5 Million Dollars from Al-Waleed Philanthropic Foundation Grant. for more information contact us.
Ahmad Sadiq Azizi HR
Scam messages like these are blasted to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of random people around the world, so the chances that you’ll get multiple copies are often pretty good. It’s just another sign that the messages are fake to begin with.