Every now and them I open my Junk Email folder and trawl through the trash like a man combing the beach during low tide. You never know what wonders you’ll find.
Most of the time it’s filled with the same sad messages begging for a bank account to deposit their money before moving to America. Or donors looking to give up their mega fortunes. Or flaccid ads about penis improvement.
But sometimes there are real winners – or, in my case, emails promises that I was the winner all along.
Titled simply “FYI” – a modest subject, as if reminded me gently that I had forgotten something – I received a spam email with a message informing me that I had just won “The Publisher’s Clearing House Draw for August 31st 2017!!!”
The case prize amount was no less than 1,000,000.00 USD!!!!!!
I’d love to meet an unnamed publisher who does random draws for a million dollars – especially when people who don’t even read their non-existent books.
Perhaps the kicker was that the spam came from a compromised email account (or maybe mail server) belonging to a law firm. In fine print, below the signature area, it still had a full paragraph of all the legal mumbo jumbo about client confidentiality.