Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fake Microsoft Scam Fake Fraud Email - Lottery / Sweepstakes

One massive run on fake / scam email. One of the longest running scams / hoaxes on the internet a "email sweepstakes"

Bad formed email, typos like (6) Your Preffered (preferred) and just the lunacy of believing that MS is sending people money is reason enough to run.

My favorite is although this is a Microsoft Contest, the email comes from MICROSOFT SECURITY DEPARTMENT (UK). [] a Yahoo email address. Right!

Avoid at all cost.

Microsoft Corporations: Customer Service Wrights Lane, Kensington London W85SP, England UNITED KINGDOM FILE REF: HL/5564/06/07/MICS BATCH: MC11/834/5PDH /EU 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 may 2008,in London UK. Where in your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of £650.000.00 (six 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:MCS-26799/097 CATEGORY NO.OF WINNERS WINNING PRIZES 1st. 2 £ 850,000.00 pounds each 2nd. 8 £ 650.000.00 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: NL 56/7766 (2) Email ticket numbers: EAASL-130877 (3) Batch numbers: MC11/834/8PDH /EU (4) The file reference numbers: HL/5574/41/07/MICS {5} Serial Numbers: McST/006/NL46560 For verification purpose be sure to include note that you ar to include all the data below when contacting the payment transfer manager, (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. CONTACT: FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER MR BROWNIE JAMES. MICROSOFT SECURITY DEPARTMENT (UK). MOBILE +44 704 576 5467 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, MRS. JUNE WALTER. M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This one is going on right now. July 08. They will even call you and the whole nine yards. A bunch of BS. They wanted me to wire $5000.00. They even will send you a check. I was selling my car for $45,000.00. They sent me a check for $50,000.00 to help them with transportation "fees" etc. Realize that we spoke on the phone 2-3 times. We also emailed back and forth quite a few times. once they send you the check...and you deposit it...they will pressure you with emails to send the $5000.00 to their transportation agents. I told them no way...not until the check clears. I knew this was BS at this point and I just found this website. I didn't lose any money and of course still have my car...but people do fall for this