Microsoft Lottery Scam

Another scam email, this time claiming to be a lottery run by Microsoft, and telling you that you’ve won some money.

Firstly, Microsoft is not in the lottery business. So it can’t be real.

Secondly, did you really enter this lottery? You couldn’t have since it doesn’t exist. If you didn’t enter the fake lottery then you should not start believing you’ve won something.

Thirdly, if you really did win the huge amount of money this scam claims, they wouldn’t tell you by email. Email is an insecure system, they’d just call you or post a letter to you.

And lastly, Microsoft (or any other pretend lottery company) wouldn’t use a free Yahoo email in Hong Kong. They’d have an office and you’d be able to look up the office’s phone number in the phone book.

Below is the scam email:

OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
The MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMO TEAM is glad to announce that
after a successful completion of the PROMO DRAWS held on the
6th April 2009,your e-mail address,attached to winning
numbers:(55) (73) (14)(41) (36) (29) won in the Tenth
lottery category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£150,000,00 GBP(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterling) in cash credited to file REF NO:MSW-L/009-28793,
BATCH NO:2009MJL-05, this is from a total prize money of
£3,750,000 (Three Million,Seven hundred and Fifty Thousand
British Pounds Sterling),shared among the Twenty five (25)
international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer
ballot system drawn from 167,000 Names,as part of our
International  "E-MAIL" Promotion Program for our prominent
MS-WORD users all over the world and for the continuous use
of the internet. You are advised to contact the claims
processor with the details below via his e-mail address :
NAME:  Michael E Ross
EMAIL: <removed>@yahoo.com.hk
TEL:   <removed>
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO
CLAIM YOUR WINNINGS:
1.Full Name………………………………
2.Address:………………………………
3.Phone:……………Fax:……………….
4.Country:………………………………
5.Sex/Gender……………………………..
In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications,please
remember to quote your reference and winning ticket number in
all correspondence with your claims officer.Your secret pin
code is ML0757985.Be warned that cases of double claims and
unwarranted abuse of this program will be legally pursued.

If you see this email delete it. It’s a scam.

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