Sample Lottery Scam Email:
MICROSOFT CORPORATION WORD LOTTERY
From "REV CHARLES DICKSON"
If you fell for this scam,
please shoot yourself now
Below is yet another example of an truly
unbelievably phony lottery scam, this one
using the name "MICROSOFT CORPORATION WORD
This is really one of the most pathetic scams attempts we've ever seen. The
scammers even put as Microsoft's motto: "Fighting Poverty Around the World".
For one of the largest and greediest companies on earth, that ALONE ought to
clue you in that it is a fraud. Another HUGE clue is that the email is sent from
and replies to a Yahoo account. Yahoo is a competitor of Microsoft. Can
you say "duh!"? And since when do churches allow their clergy to run lottery
programs for private corporations?
fell for this scam, we suggest you join a monastery (or convent, as appropriate)
and take a vow of silence. You're hopelessly naive and clueless.
There are many signs that this is a fraud, not the least
of which is that Microsoft never has and never will sponsor a lottery, of any
kind. Bill Gates has made that pretty clear. And, by the way,
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
In addition to the usual clues, notice the gibberish writing,
excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation.
The sentences don't even make sense. Hardly what a professional (i.e., real)
lottery would do. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we
have highlighted in the
letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email
addresses, use of free email accounts, etc.
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