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Microsoft UK Award Promo

Below is another example of a fake lottery; this one claiming to be from the "Microsoft Uk Award Promo" which they say is sponsored by Microsoft in the United Kingdom.  

Note the usual clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter.  Especially notice the free Yahoo email return address.  Doesn't it make sense that Microsoft would notify winners of a lottery it sponsors, via a competitor's email system? And if that isn't an obvious enough sign for you, since when does Microsoft operate a lottery?

This one is really too stupid to believe that anyone would fall for it...  And for another, even worse attempt Microsoft scam, see this page.


Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 07:32:46 -0800
From: awardpromouk@charter.net
Subject: MICROSOFT EMAIL AWARD PROMO RESULT!!!!!!
 
This is to inform you that you have won $12.5 Million USD in the quarterly promo of the Microsoft Uk Award Promo. Your email address was attached to the winning number. Contact the Claims Agent right away his email address is: winningclaimsuk1@yahoo.co.uk
 
Regards,
 
Steven Smith.


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