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YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS LOTTERY

If you don't see the obvious signs of a scam here, you ought to be worried: Yahoo and Microsoft are competitors. They don't "collects all the email addresses of  the people that are active online" and their staff generally know how to spell simple words like "February" and "Corporation". Or use their own spell checkers...

Below is another example of a fake lottery; this one claiming to be from the "YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS LOTTERY" 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: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 16:05:59 +0100 (WAT)
Subject: YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS LOTTERY
From:  "Yahoo/Msn Lottery" <ladyr_mosley@yahoo.co.uk
   
Yahoo/Msn Lottery Incoperation
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te,
United Kingdom

       YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS LOTTERY

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Five hundred thousand, Great Britain Pound Sterlings(500,000.00) for the month of Febuary, 2007 Lottery  promotion which is organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.

    YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of  the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

              PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

You are to contact your Claims Agent on or before your date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.

Yahoo/Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch number.....................YM 09102XN
Reff number.......................YM35447XN
Winning number...................YM09788

     These numbers fall within your Location file, you are requested to contact EVENTS AGENT MANAGER, send your winning identification numbers to them at this contact  address below.    

(CONTACT EVENTS AGENT MANAGER)   

Mr Mac Fraiser    EMAIL: mcfraiser_claimsofficer01@yahoo.co.uk
   Tel: +447774551734 You are therefore advised to send the following information to the
EVENTS AGENT to facilitate them and process delivery of your winnings fund to you.

NAME:......................................
AGE:.......................................
SEX:.......................................
ADDRESS:...................................
EMAIL:.....................................
PHONE:.....................................
FAX:.......................................
OCCUPATION:................................
STATE......................................
COUNTRY:...................................
NATIONALITY................................

Congratulations!! once again.

Yours in service,    

Cordially,
Sign. Hariette Paulson
Online Co-ordinator Yahoo/Msn Lottery Sweepstakes International Program. Copyright 1994-2007 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Copyright/IP Policy - Guidelines - Ad Feedback.  


Here is another variation of the same scam:

From: "MICROSOFT LOTTERY" < online_infodesk@walla.com >
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 7:10 AM
Subject: Yahoo/Msn Lottery

Yahoo/Msn Lottery
Incoperation
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te
United Kingdom.

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Five hundred thousand, Great Britain Pound Sterlings (500,000.00) for the month of MARCH 2007 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.

YAHOO/MSN & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying,we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

You are to contact the events manager on or before your date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.Yahoo/Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 20 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch number.....................YM 09102XN
Reff number.......................YM35447XN
Winning number...................YM09788

These numbers fall within your Location file, you are requested to contact the events manager, send your winning  identification numbers to him,to enable him verify your claims. How  ever you will have to fill and submit this form to the events manager  for verification & direction on how you can claim your winning fund.

1. Full name..............
2. Contact Address.......
3. Age....................
4. Telephone Numbers.......
5. Marital Status.........
6. Sex....................
7. Next Of Kin............
8. Zip Code...............
9. Occupation.............
10.State:.................
11.Country................
12.Nationality............
13. Your Reference and Batch number at the top of
this mail:

(CONTACT EVENTS MANAGER)
===============
Name: Mr Andy Gray
E-mail: mrandy_ukclaimsofficer@yahoo.co.uk
Tell: +447774551734
========================

Thank you and Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
MRS. HARIETTE PAULSON
(Yahoo/Msn Lottery Games/Lottery Coordinator).

 


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