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Spammers Distribute Fake Microsoft Lottery Emails

March 21st, 2009

spam-scam.jpg It has been a few months since I reported on a spam incident, but this week has seen a slight increase in the volume of these types of emails, so I might as well share with you the latest version just in case someone is searching to verify its legitimacy. This particular message is a variation of the bogus lottery winnings scam that I reported on back in June 2007 when there were lots of “Irish lottery winnings” being received from unsolicited emails.

At first glance, it appears to originate from the UK but a savvy observer will note that this is likely a variation of the Nigerian 419 advance fee fraud scam. In this particular scam, people who actually respond to the message will receive a reply from the spammers stating that they need to send in some type of deposit (usually a fairly small amount at first) in order to verify their identity and claim the prize.

Afterward, the scammers may use various other excuses to request additional funds before releasing the “prize”, but of course there is no actual prize and the “lottery” is a hoax. The scam continues until the victim either runs out of money or finally figures out that the payments he or she is sending to Nigeria through Western Union have nothing to do with a UK lottery (as if this was not already obvious). Here is the text from the latest version of this flavor of Spam that I received yesterday.


Microsoft Corporations:
Customer Service
Wrights Lane,
Kensington London W85SP,
England UNITED KINGDOM
REFERENCE NO: MLY-Y/250-450890
BATCH NO: 450THL#2008
OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION.

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held this March 2009.

Where in your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of £450.000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand pounds sterling) Our winners are arranged into four categories with different winning prizes accordingly in each category. They are arranged in this format below. These are your identification numbers:-

CATEGORY NO.OF WINNERS WINNING PRIZES
1st. 2 £ 600,000.00 pounds each
2nd. 8 £ 450.000.00 pounds each
3rd. 13 £ 250,000.00 pounds each
4th. 27 £ 170,000.00 pounds each

We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.

It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.

(1) Award numbers: MLAT#2008
(2) Email ticket numbers: 1587-5896-4598-87,
(3) Batch numbers: 450THL#2008
(4) The file reference numbers: MLY-Y/250-450890
{5} Serial Numbers: McST/776/ML10101

For verification purpose be sure to include:

(1) Your contact address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
{4} Your Full Names.
(5) Occupation.
(6) Your Preffered Method Of Receiving Your Price (From Below) Mode Of Price Remittance.

(1)Cash Pick-Up (You coming Down to Uk Personally to Pick Your Price).
(2)Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque Name and other Winning Documents safely to you. To file for your claim, Please contact your Validating Officer for VALIDATION of your winning within Twenty-nine working days of this winning notification.

Winnings that are not validated within Twenty-nine working days of winning notification are termed void and invalid. You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence to enable the Agent validate your winning.
*****************************************
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
MICROSOFT SECURITY DEPARTMENT (UK).
M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR
Phone Number: +4470359 04215
E-mail:mclaimsunit1@yahoo.com.hk
*****************************************

The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by our CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies.The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.

Once again on behalf of all our staff,
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

Sincerely,
MICROSOFT PROMOTION TEAM.
M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR.


UPDATE 4/23/09: Today I received another Spam email that fits into the same “fake lottery” category, so I might as well post this one in here also. If you have received the same email, you can rest assured that it is a bogus lottery scam.


FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR
{MICROSOFT GLOBAL E-MAIL LOTTERY}
MRS. MARIE STEVE
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
FILE REF:HL/8121/31/11/MICS
BATCH: MC44/707/3PDH /EU
OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:

Dear Winner,

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the e-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the Bill Gates foundation for the promotion of BID-SA 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP that was held recently held here in South Africa.

Wherein your electronic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of USD$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars). Our winners are arranged into four categories with different winning prizes accordingly in each category.

We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.

It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it:

(1) Award numbers: NL 62/7811
(2) Email ticket numbers: NL901/33/65
(3) Batch numbers: MC44/707/3PDH /EU
(4) The file reference numbers: HL/8121/31/11/MICS
(5) Serial Numbers:McST/030/NL0981

For verification purpose be sure to include the following information’s to us in your reply:
(1) Your mailing address:………………………….
(2) Your Telephone(Mobile):……………………..
(3) Your Nationality/Country:…………………….
(4) Your Full Names:……………………………….

To file for your claim,Please contact our claims manager:

CONTACT
********************************
CLAIMS MANAGER
MR. BROWN BALOYI
TELEPHONE:+27 73 143 2389
E-MAIL: brownbaloyi@gmail.com
*******************************
The Microsoft Internet e-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by our consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel- Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet e-mail draw is organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote BID-SA 2010@LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Marie Steve
Online co-ordinator



7 Responses to “Spammers Distribute Fake Microsoft Lottery Emails”

  1. comment number 1 by: daud

    i don’t know what is fraud/scamming and what is truth about these kinds of e-mails. no one can live without giving the response to these scammers.because of their big packege. i myself can’t belive that it can be fraud after reading actual facts through your site. by luck this my style to investigate everything before taking any step. so i browse and find ur link that opend my eyes but still my heart is not ready to accept that the dream taht they have given me is totally wrong. if u can help me than please i am big trubble. i shall be very thankful if you will help me that can i get the prize money and how?
    i have mentioned my ID above and if you want to keep direct contact with me than note my contact nomber.+92-345-9550248.this nomber is for all those who can help me i will welcome that. tell me about the right way. thanks

  2. comment number 2 by: sandy

    here is another scam for the records
    Microsoft® Promotion Award Team
    From: Dr. Maureen Walters (Customer Service Manager)
    Stamford New Road, Altrincham Cheshire WA14 1EP London United Kingdom.

    Microsoft® Online Second Quarter Promotion Award.

    It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held this JUNE 2009, in London UK. Where in your email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 2nd Quarter Promotion draws and therefore attracted a cash award of £450,000.00 GBP.

    You are therefore required to contact the Validating Officer via the contact details stated below with your full name, address, sex, occupation & present country for claims for VALIDATION of your winnings

    Sir Adams Farwell.
    Contact e-mail: adamsfarwell@windowslive.com
    Tel: + (44) 703 595 1831

    The Microsoft Internet E-Mail Promotion Awards is sponsored by our CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet E-Mail draw is held quarterly and is organized to encourage the active use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide. The Microsoft Windows Promotion 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. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

    Once again on behalf of all our staffs,
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  3. comment number 3 by: ken

    It’s obvious that these E-mails is nothing but fake and/or fraud
    You can’t win any lottery without a ticket.You can read at the bottom “So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winings strictly confidendial until you claim your prize”why keep it as a secret?Easy..those fraudsters don’t want any problems from authorities.

  4. comment number 4 by: Darshinder Singh

    i got a msg on my mobile from TD-MCROSFT :

    Congrat You have been Awarded 700000 pounds in HOT DIAMOND AWARD 2010
    for Claims contact : followed by email id and contact no.

    But i have never given my contact info on the internet then from where they got my mobile no.
    Is it true or fake?????
    pleas guide

  5. comment number 5 by: Karlonia

    @ Darshinder:

    This is almost certainly fake. In order to win such a large sum of money, you generally need to have entered a contest or lottery of some sort where this amount was declared as a possible prize, complete with all of the legal “fine print”.

    The message looks like a typical spammer’s attempt to fish for email addresses. The spammers are hoping to use people’s curiosity (and sometimes greed) to elicit replies from the recipients. If you reply to the message, the spammers will be able to see your email address and know that it is valid (and perhaps more importantly, that there is actually a real person on the other end). Then your email address will be added to a list of sales leads that will be targeted for future spam mails, which will promote a variety of commercially available products. The small percentage of people who actually purchase the products and services advertised in these unsolicited emails will provide the revenue needed to keep the spammers in business and perhaps allow them to earn a significant income. So unless you want to receive some free advertising or are looking to study the latest email marketing techniques, you can safely ignore this “hot diamond award” message.

    It is possible to receive spam messages like this even if you have never actually exposed your phone number anywhere. This can happen on the basis of random selection coupled with high-volume spamming. For example, in email spam there is something called a “dictionary attack” in which the spammers will set up automated software to simply go through the whole alphabet and send mass emails to addresses in alphabetical order. I have seen this before in certain spam mails; after looking at the “To:” field, I will notice that there are several other email addresses in addition to mine that are very similar in spelling (first two or three letters are often the same) and they are often arranged in alphabetical order.

    I would not be surprised if a similar technique is being used with phone numbers. It would be easy for spammers to pick an area code that is valid for a certain geographical area and just go down the list of possible numerical combinations and send their messages to thousands of people. Of course many of their messages would not get through to valid phone numbers (some will be disconnected, not in use, etc.) but the spammers don’t care — their philosophy has always been about quantity over quality!

  6. comment number 6 by: kanwaljeet

    im getting lottery emails from microsoft windows as it says in their e mails, i dont know what should i do i dont know whether it is real or fake…

  7. comment number 7 by: mansour

    im getting lottery emails from microsoft as it says in their e mails, i dont know what should i do i dont know whether it is real or fake…

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