Award scams: I won! Wait, what?

It’s pretty easy to recognize the 419 email scam, so called for the section of Nigerian criminal code related to fraud. An unsolicited email arrives from someone claiming to be a deported prince, a government employee, even a U.S. soldier who found Saddam Hussein’s gold. After an improbable sob story, the scammers promise millions of dollars in exchange for an advance-fee wire transfer. Um, no thanks.