This is a scam (right?). But, what's the deal?
ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS
For the Last time, we are pleased to notify you of your Windows E-Award for 2.5, million. Please confirm if you received our previous message with;
E-ticket number: xxxxxxxxx-xxx,
Amount: 2.5, million Dollars
You may establish contact with the Enquiry Officer with the information's necessary: Name:, Address:, Phone:, Cell Phone:, Email:, Alternative Email:, Occupation:, and E-ticket number:
Enquiry officer: Mr. David Berman, Tel: +31 xxx xxx xxx Ext; 1000, E-Mail: [email@example.com]
NOTE: You are expected to contact the Enquiry Officer for details of claims.
Mrs. Kathrine Gladden
Visit us at www.UHhospitals.org.
The enclosed information is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and is intended for the use of the addressee only. University Hospitals and its affiliates disclaim any responsibility for unauthorized disclosure of this information to anyone other than the addressee.
Federal and Ohio law protect patient medical information, including psychiatric_disorders, (H.I.V) test results, A.I.Ds-related conditions, alcohol, and/or drug_dependence or abuse disclosed in this email. Federal regulation (42 CFR Part 2) and Ohio Revised Code section 5122.31 and 3701.243 prohibit disclosure of this information without the specific written consent of the person to whom it pertains, or as otherwise permitted by law.
Obviously this is as fishy as the internet gets. But, it's strange too.
It got through Gmail's spam filter. Not unheard of, but very unusual.
appears to be a legitimate site, though what a pediatric hospital would have to do with such a thing, I have no idea.
Kathrine Gladden returns nothing with that spelling.
David Berman, who I assume is neither the musician nor poet, is hard to search for. The phone number (x'd out) has a country code for the Netherlands, and his email address is in the Netherlands, though live.nl appears to be an IP rerouting house of some kind.
The email itself is shown to have come from Annette Courtland from the uhospitals domain in Ohio. Also from Ohio, the author of this
uh... strange book may be the same person.
Various combinations of "windows," "e-award," and "scam" return nothing related.
Is it identity theft phishing? Is the information they ask for enough to do that?
Am I 2.5 million
I'm asking because this is a new one on me. It's not written strangely like the others I've seen, and I'm not finding any other references to it. But mostly, because I have a casual fascination with these email scams.
What can I do to get it on the scam map? If I'm thinking twice about this one, some little old lady on an acoustic modem somewhere is typing furiously. Will flagging it as spam do anything?