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We've decided to give Google a break this afternoon, and have curtailed the usual Reg whining about the search monolith's dark ambitions to enslave humanity to its will, using stored search data and Orwellian black Opels.

The reason? The following astounding missive from Google Ghana. No we didn't realise Google had a Ghanaian tentacle either, but there you go:

From: windows claims <windowsclaims333@msn.com>
Subject: Google 10th Anniversary Award winner!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply-To: <windowsclaims4u@yahoo.co.th>

Google 10th Anniversary Award winner!!!!!!!!!!!
Google 10th Anniversary Awards Centre,
London W1U 4RY, United Kingdom.

We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won an Award in the Google 10 Years Anniversary Awards as organized by Google Inc., held on 0ct 6th,2008/2009. in London, United Kingdom. Google Inc. randomly selected 20 email addresses through a computer ballot system to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Poun(500,000.00) each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing (GOOGLE.ORG) promotion. Awards MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 3 weeks from the day of notification.

Award Reference code: GOOGLE568A2008
File number: G245
Send your complete personal information with your Award Ref. and File no. to our paying Centre in Accra Ghana to enable us process your claim.

1. Full name:
2. Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone/Fax no:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Sex:
8. Age:
9. Email:

Director of Operations: Mr. Ben Akambi
Paying Centre office.
Accra Ghana .
Tele/Fax :00233 054 292 47 48
Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.
Congratulations!! Sincerely Yours,
Google Management

Interestingly, Google Ghana wisely avoids using its masters' own gmail, preferring to deploy a Redmond "windows claims" department email addy for outgoing missives and, evidently for financial security reasons, routing reply emails via Yahoo! in Thailand.

No doubt Mr Ben Akambi can provide a perfectly plausible explanation for this before slipping a whopping great cheque in the post. ®

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Thanks to Jamie Abbott for sharing his extraordinary good fortune.

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