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The Irish 419 scam

FROM: UNIVERSAL STAKES LOTTERY, IRELAND. (forwarded by Rick Kleffel on the forteana list)

SCOvEveryone: so SCO showed some ‘evidence’ of code-copying from SCO to Linux — problem is, it’s code from UNIX v7, written around 1978/79; the code was released in BSD UNIX, rereleased by SCO/Caldera themselves under a BSD license later, and versions appear in textbooks under public domain. In other words, the SCO ‘pattern analysis’ team who found this ‘copied code’ didn’t realise that this source had been released long ago — even by their own company, no less. ho hum, good luck prosecuting based on that. next!

Blogs: Malte, one of the SpamAssassin dev team, now has a weblog too — and with a better translation of the ‘W32.Blaster caused the blackout’ theory too. ;)

From: “James” (spam-protected)
Date: Mon Aug 18, 2003 4:15:40 AM US/Pacific
To: (spam-protected)
Subject: Congratulation! ( Please acknowledge this mail asap)



We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 3rd of July, 2003. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-6453 with serial number 3772-554 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 2,000,000 (EUROS ) (TWO MILLION EUROS)


For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei. We look forward to your active participation in our next year USD50 million slot. You are requested to contact our clearance office to assist you with the claim and transfer of your winnings fund into your instructed account by acknowledging the receipt of this mail with the email address below.

Email address: (spam-protected)

Note that, all winnings must be claimed not later than one month. After this date all unclaimed funds will be null and void.

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF

Sincerely yours,

James Clark.

(Lottery Coordinator)