Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"

The email message below which claims that the recipients are winners in the Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery promotions, is a lottery scam. The message is a fake and was NOT sent by Microsoft. The message was sent by scammers, who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money, personal and financial information. Recipients of the message are asked not to respond to it and never send money in order to receive a lottery or sweepstakes prize.

Sweepstakes Scam - Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions

The Sweepstakes or Lottery Scam Email Message

We wish to congratulate you once again on this note,for being part of the winners selected for this Annual Lottery Promotions.The Microsoft Windows Mobile felicitate with you and your family.This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows.

Hence we do believe with your winning prize ,you will continue to be active and patronage to the Microsoft Windows mobile.We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully pass the requirements, statutory obligations, verification's, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners.

A winning check(Cheque)$500,000 00 US DOLLAR has been issued in your name by the Microsoft Nokia Lottery Board, and a Nokia N1 Phone and also a certificate for prize claims had be sent along side your winning check(cheque) to our affiliated delivery company(CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL FORWARDING CORP) to be delivered to you in person.

In case you still have doubts arising from the angle of how you got selected, note that the selection process was carried out through an electronic email ballot system where millions of email addresses where drawn from worldwide web email directories from which you have emerged as one of our lucky winners.

Furthermore, Do contact the CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL FORWARDING CORPORATIONS company through information below for further instructions on how to send the consignment to your location and the amount to be charged for the delivery.

Email Your Delivery Address To The Courier concordiafreight@qq.com

Full Name

Mailing Address

Country Of Residence



Mr Kevin Patel (Dispatch Officer)

Okhla Industrial Area, DelhI - 110020 INDIA

E-MAIL: concordiafreight@qq.com

Telephone Number: 91 7204204512 ( 24 Hours)

Write to them immediately upon receipt of this email without wasting time, Once again, keep us posted on any development with the Security Company in respect to your lottery winnings and forward the required information's below to their email address above to enable them facilitate the delivery of your package to your designated location timely.

The Microsoft Windows Mobile Lottery office 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 ref numbers. As a result of this, this friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. We have reached at a decision from headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the cancelling of that particular winning file, making a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, since the real winner was the informant to the double claimer about the lottery prize. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings details strictly confidential until you claims is finalized and processed.

This office will not be responsible for any outstanding fees. Services rendered by CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL FORWARDING CORP are to be paid by you and not the lottery board,for the fact that we did not make any provision for any upcoming expenses,regarding delivery of parcel or any such.Have it in mind that your won prize cannot be deducted from, as the total amount has been insured to the its value. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds.

It is expected that you add your IDENTIFICATION NUMBER(CLP/IS/9877) as the subject of any correspondence with the courier company to ensure they respond in a timely manner and I will require a concise update on proceedings with the firm as soon as you are in contact with them.If you need any assistance whatsoever, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Do have a nice day.

Best Regards,

Mr. Cox Hamilton

(Claims and Events Manager)

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April 5, 2017 at 6:29 PM by
Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"

Received via email:

"Below is 'Windows Lottery' response to my response to their SMS message on my cell phone! Thank you so much for helping me not fall for this and for making others aware that these scams can come from ANY direction.

From: 'Windows Lottery'

Sent: 02-Apr-2017 19:21:30 0000

Subject: Re: $500,000.00 fromMicrosoft

Dear Lucky winner:Ref No:MSN/NK/2190/005

We wish to congratulate you once again on this note,for being part of the winners selected for this Annual Lottery Promotions.The Microsoft Windows Mobile felicitate with you and your family.This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows. Hence we do believe with your winning prize,you will continue to be active and patronage to the Microsoft Windows mobile.We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully pass the requirements, statutory obligations, verification's, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners."


May 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM by
Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"
an anonymous user from: Mt Sterling, Kentucky, United States

I am sick of getting all of these scams in my email from people from other countries scamming us here in America. Why aren't they caught and prosecuted?


May 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM by
Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"

The same technology that makes our lives easy, is the same technology that makes it easy for cyber-criminals to cover their tracks or quickly move their businesses from one location to another, once they have been discovered.

Also, it is not easy to catch these cyber-criminals, especially when they are in certain countries where there are little or no resources to tackle them.


April 19, 2015 at 2:40 AM by
Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"
an anonymous user from: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

How do I stop fake Freud's from sending scam mail to my e-mail?

If I sent my name and personal information is it possible for them to harm my credit or to put me in debt any way.


April 19, 2015 at 12:13 PM by
Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"

Mark the emails as spam/junk. And, to rip you off, the scammers will need your financial and personal information.

Never your financial or personal information to anyone in an email message.


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Sweepstakes Scam - "Microsoft Windows Mobile Annual Lottery Promotions"