More Stuff I’ll Never Win

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Why do they keep doing this to us? Isn’t it enough that we have a list of things that we need—and can’t afford as it is—and then all that other stuff we don’t actually need and still can’t afford but will buy at the risk of going bankrupt? Do they really have to add to that “things you didn’t know you wanted that will seem tantalizingly close to your grasp and will make you realize how much you’ve missed out until you remind yourself that it’s probably yet another identity theft scam”? And am I the only idiot who feels like a jerk for even wanting to believe in these fairy tales for a few seconds? Do people actually reply to these things other than to say “This is a joke, right?” as I just did*?

From: vallytine@orange.fr
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:33:46 +0800
To:

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUARTERS)
Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan .
#28 Kanashiwa road Tokyo JP

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.

As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the E-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number XXX-XXX-XXXX, with serial number XXX-XX drew the lucky numbers X, X, XX,XX, XX, XX and Bonus number XX , Your INSURANCE Number: XXXXXX/ XXXX /XXXX and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500,000. 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be shipped to.

To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-

Certificate Agent, Toyota Email Lotto
Mr.George Monk
Email:toyotapromo2008@yahoo.cn
Telephone:008613527654635

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your

1, Names in full:
2,Country of Residing:
3, Nationality:
4,Residential Address:
5, Date of Birth/Age:
6, Marital Statue/Sex:
7, Tel/Fax:
8, Mobile No:
9, Occupation:
10, Company:
11, Ticket No:
12,Serial No:
13,Ins.No:
14,Lucky No:

Sincerely ,
Mrs. Ing Chunny Liu
Hon Online Coordinator
http://www.toyota.com.cn


p.s. Did you know car images get as much retouching work done as do models in fashion and beauty shots? Worth remembering next time you start drooling over the latest models—be they technological or humanoid. Image of Rav4 stolen from Toyota web site.

* Still, notice the series of X’s which are replacing the actual numerals, just in case a miracle might happen, in which case I wouldn’t want someone stealing my miracle. Heh.

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