Is it your lucky day?
PriceWatch has won the lottery on six occasions in the last fortnight. Official-looking messages telling us of our remarkable good fortune have come flooding in from lottery companies all over the world and jackpots have been scooped in Australia, the US, Britain and Spain and, of course, Ireland.
And if we’re not winning the lottery, our name is being plucked from some “register of good persons” in Nigeria or Sierra Leone where we are listed as a person of “sufficient trustwordiness” (sic) to come to the aid of the widow of an African dictator who’s been left with nothing but two huge trunks of US dollars which she needs to shepherd out of the country using our bank account.
ON OCCASION, PRICEWATCH has replied to these mails using the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org just to see how long the scammers can themselves be scammed. The best chain to date has been 18 e-mails, six long phone calls from Amsterdam to an Irish mobile phone number and one futile visit by a man known only as Mr Anderson to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, where he expected to meet E’ejit off a flight from Dublin.