Greed......

[1] REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L BATCH: 4583JL/WIN MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY PROMOTIONS,EMAIL AWARD PROMO: UNITED KINGDOM

Finally today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 2nd,September 2007. Your company or your personal e-mail address, attached to winning number 23-76-06-54- 42-100, With serial number 647489, consequently won in the Tenth lottery category. You are therefore been approved for lump sums pay out of £500,000.00 (GBP 500,000.00 POUNDS )Five hundred thousand pound sterlings in cheque Credited to file REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100, this is from total prize money of GBP 5,000,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the ten(10) international winners in this category.

Or look at this one ...

[2] We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 4th of September, 2007 from the Australian International Lottery Program. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses. Your name was attached to ticket number; 575061725 8056490902 serial number 6741137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows: 4-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our European representative office in Amsterdam,Holland, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$500,000.00 will be released to you from our regional branch bureau in NIGERIA.

We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw. HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Contact our regional claims agent:

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I think almost all of us have at either one time received such messages in our mailbox. Even though we know these messages are the work of conman, but somehow secretly we wish they were true. It's nice eh! To win or inherit millions of dollars from an unknown so called expanded members of family we never knew we have, so and so has died without a heir, and since your surname is the same with the deceased, you are eligible to inherit etc……

What do I do when I received all these emails? I would just delete them. But they come in many form. Just when you delete one, another 2 came into and they like a chameleon changes the themes accordingly but all with the same intention: to trick you, to "seduce" you, to bait you into their trap. But despite all these, there are still many who would fall into this scam. There's several I've read in the newspaper. I often wondered, why and how come? Aren't they not aware that these are all scam.

Greed is this selfish and uncontrolled desire to possess something. The simple need to improve one's wealth is understandable and I do not consider it as unhealthy, but when one desires to own something just for the sake of it, is Greed.


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