Lottery Scam Email:
MICROSOFT™ USER AWARD-Email-Lottery
CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU HAVE WON ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
"MRS. BROWN CATHY", "Mr. Richard Baloyi, RSA-CLAIM MANAGER"
Did you know that Microsoft has a lottery? And that they give
away huge amounts of money to people simply for having "an active online email
account"? This is news to Microsoft, too. If you received an email from "MRS. BROWN CATHY" at "MICROSOFT™ USER AWARD-Email-Lottery" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "Mr. Richard Baloyi, RSA-CLAIM MANAGER" to collect your winnings, it is a
scam. Microsoft has never had any lottery (and we're pretty sure they never
will). Bill Gates has made that pretty clear. And, while we're on
the subject, Microsoft is not, does not, and will not ever send you to DisneyWorld. They
don't "test the internet", nor sponsor email lotteries to "promote use of the
internet", "to promote the use of email", nor "the use of computers
worldwide". Nor do they have lotteries to "promote MS Word" or "the launch
of Vista", Hotmail, or other products. Microsoft is also not in business to
"fight poverty around the world".
No lottery selects winners "using a
database of email addresses", or "from websites worldwide", or from "our
computer ballot system".
The scammers may
change the names and details, but it is still a scam! Don't be an complete
Below is the example of the fake email scam (the email is the scam, not any persons or companies named in the email) claiming to
be from the "MICROSOFT™ USER AWARD-Email-Lottery".
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate
lottery will ever email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud.
highlighted some of these in the email below, not the least
of which are:
Microsoft does not have or sponsor any lottery.
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a
"computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even
Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they
"No tickets were sold": You care to explain where the
money comes from? Perhaps the lottery money fairy? Why would a lottery
give away money to "email address randomly selected by a computer ballot
draw system"? This is CLEARLY nonsense: you MUST, repeat MUST buy a
ticket to have a chance of winning any lottery!
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers
apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they
dropped out of school before that class. They use almost excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion.
They often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and
surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr.
SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage
of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also proofread their emails
and look and read more professional.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization
would use it's own email, it's own domain and website?
Keep Confidential - Real lotteries THRIVE on
publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity
causes people to buy more tickets. there is NO risk of "double claiming"
because they can validate where the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer
want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or
ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them! It should read: "For our own security, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential until we have
finished scamming you!"
Email notification: NO REAL LOTTERY SENDS AN EMAIL TO
NOTIFY WINNERS. Period. Full-stop. End of story. There mere fact
ALONE that you received an email saying you won a lottery is proof that it
is a scam.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
Sent from: microsoft lottery [
MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MICROSOFT™
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
61-70 SOUTHAMPTON ROW,
UNITED KINGDOM WC1B 4AR.
Serial No: SALP97585.
FILE No: B665 75608567.
ELECTRONIC EMAIL AWARD WINNING
NOTIFICATION AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER :
Microsoft™ Corporation management worldwide is pleased to inform you
that you are a winner of
our annual MICROSOFT™ USER AWARD-Email-Lottery conducted in
Your personal e-mail address or company email was
Serial No: SALP97585. Consequently winning in the first lottery category
as winner number 7.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our African
representative office in
Johannesburg, South Africa, as indicated in your play coupon and your
prize $1,000,000,00 will be released to you through our corresponding agent.
You have therefore been approved for a total sums
(One Million United States Dollars Only)
Credited to FILE No: B665 75608567. With REF.:PEC/9030108308/07.
This is from total prize money of $60,000,000,
shared among the Sixty (60) lucky Worldwide winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft
computer ballot system,
Africa and Oceania .As
part of international "MICROSOFT™ USER"
promotions program, this is conducted annually.
OR CONTACT CLAIM OFFICE THROUGH EMAIL
Mr. Richard Baloyi
Tel: 27 73 916 8355
all prize money must be claimed within 30 days of this
notification. All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date
will be returned as unclaimed and donated to charity organizations.
Congratulations, once more from the entire management and staff of
corporation to all our lucky winners this year.
Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program.
MRS. BROWN CATHY
Please call your claim agent if your mail was not responded to within 24 hours:
PLEASE SEND A COPY OF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONS TO BOTH EMAILS PROVIDED ABOVE.
Present Contact Address:
Country Of Residence:
Your Winning Serial and Ref. No.:
Winning Email Address:
What would you like to do with the winning fund?
Security reasons, you are advised to
keep your winning information CONFIDENTIAL
takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in this email is
However, the company gives no warranty, whether express or implied, regarding
the content of this email, nor do we accept liability for any loss or damage
which may result from your receipt of this message. Any decision made by an
individual based on information in this email is the responsibility of that
individual alone. You have to note that the only person that have the right to
represent you in your claim is your appointed Agent only.
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