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  • Please read the following letter carefully before responding to this post, I know that there are a lot of crazy scams here on the internet.  I went to my inbox to read my mail from my website today, and I found this letter inside.  Can anyone tell me if they have ever recieved a letter, (just like this one) and if you have is it real or is it just another scam? Your responds would be greatly appreciated.  Apparently, when I posted this the first time, all of my letter did not paste. This letter was sent to me from: MICROSOFT WINDOW PROMOTION with a microsoft@windowslive.com  e-mail address attached to it, as well.

    pammy53

    From:  MICROSOFT WINDOW PROMOTION."<microsoft@windowslive.com 

    Microsoft Award Team
    20 Craven Park, Harlesden
    London NW10
    United Kingdom
    Ref: BTD/968/12
    Batch: 409978E
     
     
    Dear Winner,
     
     
    The prestigious Microsoft has set out and successfully organized a Sweepstakes marking 2012 anniversary we rolled out
    over 550.000.00 (Five Hundred & Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) for our year Anniversary Draws. Participants for the
    draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their patronage.
     
    The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalized email addresses to ticket numbers. If you
     ignore this, you will regret it later. Microsoft is one of the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that
    Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft is running an e-mail beta test.
     
    Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 05806755 with serial numbers 344/7572/12 and
    drew the lucky, numbers 64-65-24-05-40(35) which subsequently won you 550,000.00 (Five Hundred &  Fifty Thousand
    Great British Pounds) as one of the 10 jackpot winners in this draw. You have therefore won the entire winning sum of
    550,000.00 (Five Hundred & Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds).
     
    The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom September 2012. 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 the process to facilitate the release
    of your prize. To file for your claim Please Contact your fiduciary agent.

    Mrs. Jessica Owen.
    Microsoft Windows Promotion
    Email: microsoft01139@yahoo.co.jp
    MICROSOFT SECURITY DEPARTMENT (UK).
     
    You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:
    Your Name (in Full), Country, Age, Ticket Numbers, Batch Number, Serial Number, Lucky Numbers as indicated in this
     winning Notification and Phone numbers. Thank you for being part of this promotional award program.
     
    Our special thanks and gratitude to Mr. Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates and their associates. We wish you the best of luck as you
    spend your good fortune. Thank you for being part of our commemorative year Anniversary Draws.
     
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Steve Jordan
    Microsoft Promotion Team.


    • Edited by pammy53 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:20 AM
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 6:57 AM

Answers

  • Yes, scam for sure. yahoo/japan email address for starters.

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by pammy53 Monday, September 10, 2012 2:46 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by pammy53 Monday, September 10, 2012 5:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by Naomi NModerator Monday, September 10, 2012 11:28 PM
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 2:48 PM
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  • Yes, scam for sure. yahoo/japan email address for starters.

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Marked as answer by pammy53 Monday, September 10, 2012 2:46 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by pammy53 Monday, September 10, 2012 5:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by Naomi NModerator Monday, September 10, 2012 11:28 PM
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 2:48 PM
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  • Thank you , so much for your response.

    pammy53

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 5:25 PM
  • Thank you for your response,did you mean what you said, in good faith? Or did you mean this as a joke?

    pammy53

    • Edited by pammy53 Monday, September 10, 2012 11:21 PM
    Monday, September 10, 2012 10:28 PM
  • That was a joke. The above message is indeed a SPAM - there is no doubt.

    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


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    Monday, September 10, 2012 11:28 PM
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  • I deleted my old post because I think it was misunderstandable for some people. Here a new version:

    If you read through such mails (or whatever), you would propably think like "Hey I won so much money without doing anything!" but if you think a bit further, you would think like "Wait a minute, who would ever give away such a huge amount of money for someone who's done next to nothing?". Get the point?


    Lua Programmer & Powershell Newcomer | Location: Switzerland

    Friday, September 14, 2012 6:43 AM
  • @Pammy53: besides posting here, you can usually find references to similar scam emails just by doing a google search on one sentence from the text of the email. A search for this fragment: "was conducted in Brockley, London United Kingdom September 2012" found this:

       http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/i-received-this-email-not-in-my-hotmail-account/1e52b4c0-87b0-48bb-b4c3-d01090928b83?tab=AllReplies&page=1

    You can also get hints from logic: most valid lotteries require entrants to purchase tickets, and grammar: Official mail from Microsoft usually has better grammar.


    Al Dunbar -- remember to 'mark or propose as answer' or 'vote as helpful' as appropriate.

    Friday, September 14, 2012 8:46 PM