While most users avoid these scams, the bad guys can still take advantage of others.  All free offers should be avoided or carefully evaluated to ensure there is no danger.

http://www.threattracksecurity.com/it-blog/the-bill-gates-lottery-winning-ticket-scam-is-amazing/

QUOTE: A friend of mine had this sent to them by an elderly relative earlier today. Unfortunately they didn’t keep the sender’s email address, but they did have enough foresight to save the message text and accompanying picture because it “looked a bit different”.

“Ladies and gentlemen, presenting: “A bit different” – “Dear Winner,We send you this letter to inform you that you win a sum of 250,000 euros.Bravo,Bill Gates” ” The most amazing thing you’ll see all day.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t say “PS you also won this picture”.  As with all fake lottery scams, feel free to delete.