Check your spam folder! This is how a woman learned she won $3 million

According to Campaign Monitor, the average person receives about 121 emails a day. Unfortunately, many of these emails are dreaded spam. Tap or click here to learn how to stop unwanted text messages and spam for good.

Whether spam emails come from hackers trying to steal your information or from useless companies you accidentally signed up for, sorting emails can be tricky. But, as a woman in Michigan recently discovered, not all spam is worthless.

While most spam emails should be ignored, not all of them are full of hidden dangers. Don’t believe us? Well, not everything in your spam folder is spam, and this lottery winner can prove it.

Here’s the backstory

A woman from Michigan did what many of us do when we can’t find an expected email. She flipped through her spam folder and discovered that she was now a millionaire. After purchasing a ticket to the Mega Millions lottery through a Facebook ad, she happily moved on. It turns out she bought the winning ticket.

Her jackpot was $3 million. The information was hidden in an email that accidentally ended up in her spam folder. While this lucky lady was right to act on the email saying she had won millions, that’s usually not the case.

Why you should still be wary of spam emails

We have all received emails saying that we have won money or that we have a check for thousands waiting for us. Despite this exceptional story, 99% of the time, those emails contain dangerous links and lead nowhere.

That’s because hackers create emails designed to get you excited and click on links. They lead to fake websites and ask you to enter personal information or, worse, banking information so they can steal your hard-earned money or sell your information on the Dark Web.

Safety Tips

When it comes to checking emails, there are a few safety tips that you should always follow to ensure you are not tricked into scams or phishing:

Always check the email for grammatical or spelling mistakes, this is a no-go giveaway. Please check the URL. Hackers often create a URL that is very similar to the company they are impersonating. Go to the real company website and check the link before clicking it. Do not click on links or download attachments from unsolicited emails. Never enter payment information or personal information through unsolicited emails. If you want to do business with a company, go to the official website.

For more tips on how to protect yourself from spam, click here.

How to make sure legitimate emails get to the right place?

If you’re concerned about losing an important email or going into spam, the first step is to make sure genuine emails go straight to your inbox and not to the spam folder. The easiest way is to add the sender you know to be authentic to your contacts so they won’t be mislabeled as spam in the future.


Open the email that you do not want to mark as spam in the future. Hover over the sender’s name. Select add to contacts when the contact card appears.

If an email is marked as spam in the future, all you need to do is click not spam when you open it.

Microsoft Outlook

Open your junk mail folder. In the toolbar, choose No Junk E-mail. You can also click the It’s not junk email link at the top of the message.

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