There will always be spam emails everyday, and some of them are pure stupid. Most spam emails I’ve received so far is all about lottery, jackpot and similar stuff saying that I’ve won this and that. I have received a similar spam email today with the subject “Microsoft Promotion Award Team” – see below.
REF NO: M154S/WL06.
MICRO (LOTTERY) CHIP NO: 9465206
MICROSOFT PROMOTION AWARD TEAM
The prestigious Microsoft and MSN have set out and successfully
organised a Sweepstakes marking the beginning of the year anniversary, The Management rolled out over 100,000.000.00 (One Hundred Million Great Britain Pounds) Begining of the year lucky email selected draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which will be given the opportunity to benefit from year our patronage.Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 008795727498 Chip Number: 8977742 and drew the in cash credited to file MSW/9080118308/02/LA.u have therefore won the entire winning sum of £1,000,000.00 (One Million Great Britain Pounds). The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom on the 30th of January 2007. These Draws are commemorative and as such special.Please be informed by this winning notification,to file your claims,you are to make contact with your designated agent who shall by duty guide you through theprocess to facilitate the release of your prize.To file for your claim,
Please Contact your fiduciary agent quickly via:
Microsoft Promotion Award Team
Contact Person: Barrister Teddy Williams
Mrs. Edlyn Albert
Microsoft Mega Jackpot Lottery
Most people will know that it’s fake, but what’s makes me laugh out loud is that their so-called “Secretary” is using Yahoo! mail. A Microsoft staff using Yahoo mail? Guess those spammers aren’t having enough wisdom, this makes their spam/scam fails badly.
Note: According to my research, this is a SCAM. If you reply to the email they sent to you, they will request for your bank information. For your safety, NEVER give out any of your information to the so-called “Agent” to avoid any loses. Just bear in mind, Microsoft staff will never use Yahoo mail, and there is no free lunch in this world. You may want to refer here.
Update:Reader Adrian had contact Microsoft’s CS, and here’s the reply regarding to this hoax.
Thank you for contacting Microsoft Online Customer Service.
I understand form your message that you received a winner notification e-mail. I realize the importance of your issue and will help you in reaching the appropriate resource of support.
The mail that you have forwarded is indeed a hoax. Unfortunately, there are many such hoaxes and frauds being sent through e-mail.
The message you received is most likely a “phishing” attempt. Phishing is a type of deception designed to steal your money or your identity, by tricking you into disclosing information like credit card numbers, passwords, or other confidential personal information. Online scam artists do this by sending fake e-mail that appears to come from a source you would normally trust – like your bank or credit card company. As a general online practice, we strongly recommend that you do not respond to requests for personal information via e-mail.
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- Microsoft does not send unsolicited e-mails that include attachments. If you ever receive an unsolicited e-mail with an attached executable claiming to be from Microsoft, it is best to delete it immediately.
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