Beware of "Microsoft Yearly Anniversary Winning Notification" Lottery Scams
November 13, 2015
The "Microsoft Yearly Anniversary Winning Notification" email message below is a scam. The fake email message was created by scammers to trick the recipients into sending your personal information and money, by claiming that they are winners of the Microsoft Yearly Anniversary Winning promotion or sweepstakes. But, this email message was not sent by Microsoft and is a lottery scam. There is no Microsoft lottery or sweepstakes, and Microsoft will never ask you to send your personal information via email message.
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This type of lottery scam will ask you to send your personal information and subsequently ask you to send money in order to receive your prize. But, please do not respond to the email message or follow the instructions in it. Microsoft is not taking part in or endorsing any lottery games, so if you receive an email claiming that you have won some lottery prize endorsed by Microsoft, it is a scam.
The “Microsoft Yearly Anniversary Winning Notification” Email
80-100 Victoria Street
Winning No: MSFT/5975/107/2015
Ticket No: MSFT/3081/039/2015
MICROSOFT YEARLY ANNIVERSARY WINNING NOTIFICATION
We wish to congratulate you on this note, for being part of our selected winners in our just concluded internal promotion draw this year, this promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of Microsoft products and its software services.
Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be an active patronage to Microsoft products and its software services. Microsoft Corporation develops and markets software, services and hardware that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience and enhanced value to people’s lives. We ran an online e-mail beta draw which your email address won Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling (Ј950,000.00). We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners.
A winning check will be issued in your name by Microsoft Promotion Award; for the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling (Ј950,000.00) and also a certificate of prize claims will be sent alongside your winning check cashable at any bank.
You are advised to contact the assigned Microsoft Program Administrator/Coordinator with the following details to avoid unnecessary delay and complications:
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
(1) Your Contact Address/Private Email Address:
(2) Your Tel/Fax Numbers:
(3) Your Nationality/Country:
(4) Your Full Name:
(7) Ever Won An Online Lottery?
(8) Comments about Microsoft:
Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft UK
E-mail: microsoftclaims006 (at) 163.com
Fax No: +44 8447 749 891
Microsoft values your right to privacy! Your information is 100% secured and will be used exclusively for the purpose of this award only.
The Microsoft Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The Microsoft Promotion Award Team has reached a decision from its headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the canceling of that particular winning, leading to a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Microsoft interactive Lotteries Board Commission. Yours faithfully,
CEO of Microsoft Corporation”
There is no prize, so please do not send your hard earned money to the cybercriminals behind the lottery scam. If you send your personal information, these cybercriminals will use it to further scam you.
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