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6 Not-So Harmless Prank Email Ideas6 Not-So Harmless Prank Email Ideas

6 Not-So Harmless Prank Email Ideas

Oct 27, 2020

If you think we don’t have more email pranks for you to try, you are dead wrong. Our first post focused on our funny and light-hearted prank ideas. So, it was generally harmless. Now, we are bringing you the truly hairy, ride or die, no holds barred prank emails. Some might seem safe enough, but a little tweak here and there can make things a little bit more interesting. 

Proceed at your own risk. 

Here are some of our best prank email ideas that you can use on family, friends, and co-workers:

You Are A Winner!

Let’s start off easy. You can create an email congratulating your target on winning a grand prize. It can be because of a purchase they made a few days ago or because of a website visit. 

Be creative with your prize. You can go for the standard 100 000 dollars, sports car, concert tickets, tropical getaway, etc. Make sure it is something they really want and attainable. One billion dollars is way too crazy. Or switch it up with something creative like a lifetime supply of condoms, Viagra, or foot cream. Bonus points if you have design skills to make a flier to go with the email. 

If fooling them into thinking they have a prize isn’t enough, you can also add goofy instructions like having them send a selfie or submit a small speech. You know your prank is successful when they go through the claiming process. You can also give them a prank call to make it feel more real. We have several free soundboards you can use to pull it off. 

Here is a prank email template you can tweak:

Dear [Name],


You managed to snag our grand prize for our [event name]. Here we celebrate [reason for the event]. We had over [random number] participants in the US alone, and your [purchase/website visit/ call] last [date] is what sets you apart. 

To claim your [prize], all you have to do is [custom instructions] by [date].


[Fake company name]

It might not seem biting at first, but let’s remember how many teenage girls cried over fake concert tickets. Justin Bieber, One Direction, Harry Styles, and now BTS - there is no shortage of prank videos gone wrong. 

Dream Job Offer

If you have a friend or co-worker who is clearly dissatisfied with where they are working, you can email them a job offer. You can reference their LinkedIn Page or a mentor to make the email feel legit. Talk about the salary and great benefits - anything that will entice them to change jobs.

Unlike most of the prank ideas listed here, this doesn’t have to be a one-time thing. You can try to carry on the correspondence until they figure it out. Leave bread crumbs here and there for the perfect “Aha!” moment afterward.

Email Template:


I am [fake name], a [fake job position] at [fake company]. We are an up and coming company in the [type of industry] industry looking for a new [job position]. I saw your resume on LinkedIn and believe you would be perfect for our [junior/managerial] position. 

Your responsibilities can include [list of tasks, make sure it plays to their strengths.] We also have excellent benefits available for our employees like [list of benefits, be creative.]

If you are interested, please answer this survey and submit your cover letter. 


[fake name]

Office Relocation

You can also opt to send an office-wide email about relocation opportunities. You can talk about the perks of making the move like a promotion, increased pay, and other benefits. You can take your pick from tropical destinations like Kauai, Hawaii; Bali, Indonesia; or Port Douglas, Australia. Or from famous cities across the world like Paris, France; Tokyo, Japan; or London, in the UK. 

While you can mention any place on earth, remember to be realistic. It has to be a branch that already exists or one that the company is eyeing. If there are no other branches, you can also say it is something in the works.

You can attach a Google Form for interested applicants, so you know who fell for the prank. 

If you want to push this even further, you can prompt them to sign a fake NDA, purchase tickets (reimbursed by the company, of course), and to take language classes to better their odds. 

Family News

Now, let’s bring out the ones that may come with consequences. You can create a fake email address posing as your victim and email your target’s family members with big news. It can be a Save the Date invitation or a baby announcement.

Remember that it is best to embellish this with personal photos. If it is a wedding invitation, use a formal and fancy font and elements that suit their taste. If it is a baby announcement, you could attach a sonogram to go with it. 

Put your photo-editing skills to the test, and tweak old photos. You might want to stick to what you have in your camera roll, though, to make sure it’s new to the family.

The potential issues depend on your target’s family dynamic. If they don’t have kids, it can bring down the grandchild hungry in-laws who will only be disappointed to find out it isn’t real. And that isn’t very pretty. 

If your target has kids, you can make the baby announcement from the fictional Other Woman/ Other Man. Now that is sure to bring out the family drama. To be honest, there are thousands of scenarios, and not all of them might get a laugh. So you have been warned.

For other family prank ideas, you can check out our Hall of Fame selection.

It’s A Date!

If your friend has been mooning over this girl/boy they just met, you can pose as the potential love interest and set a date. You can always name a random mutual friend as the person who helped set you up. Mention that you are interested in them too and set a date! You can ask them to bring a couple of things for the romantic day only to disappoint them when you show up. The backlash is always equal to how excited they are about the date. 

Email template:


I know this is weird, but I saw you at the [grocery store/convenience store/ movies, etc.] and really wanted to talk to you. I was super shy about it, especially since we don’t know each other. Anyway, it turns out you also know [name of friend], and they gave me your email address. 

I was hoping we can go out next [day of the week] to [place]? Maybe you can bring [random items], and I’ll bring [random items]. I’ll meet you there at [address], look for the person wearing [specific item].

Wdyt? Just message me here or call me at [phone number].


For other love prank ideas, you can check out our selection here

I Quit!

Now, this last one is really tricky. You need to be able to email this from your target’s work account. You can either make a serious resignation letter or send something as simple as “I quit!” The risk here is that their boss might be a stickler for the rules. Even if you say it is a prank, they might fire the target for being unprofessional. So, think before you prank. 

Even if you use the same templates for the same prank, you can never really tell how the other person will react. Especially since most of the ones listed here can bring your hopes up, only crush it seconds later. 

If you are tired of prank emails because you don’t get to see their real-time reactions, you can give prank calls a try. Request a prank call with Ownage Pranks and get the same hilarious ideas. Besides brainstorming, we can also execute them for you!


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