Originally Posted by NeedKarma
And no, you have not won the lottery, regardless of what that email says.
Rats! I thought that I had won it!
Awesome job there Ben and definitely something that needed to be a sticky and pointed out on this site for further enrichment here of the site!
I would just like to add, that when I get or find something in an email or on the web that seems to be questionable, and if I want to do a search for it to see if it's legit or not, I'll put the name of it, or whatever is being proposed by it, into a Google search using search terms such as, spam, hoax, fraud, bogus, scam and virus.
I also have a couple of free tracing programs on my computer where I can find the origin of things in emails. They are NeoTrace and LanWhois.
I know that there are other tracing programs out there other than those two.
There have been so many times when I've gotten emails saying that I need to update my account at eBay or a certain bank, or haven't paid for something on eBay, when I've never had an account with eBay or the referenced bank.