Unlike the common lottery scams we received, this scammer tries to
pretend sending an email from a “non-free” email address. Don’t be too
happy yet, for “microsoftclaim.com” appears to be owned by someone in
South Africa, possibly registered for the purpose of scamming. There
has been too much talks about “using of free email address” in scams.
So the scammers thought that this will make a difference.

In the scam mail, the scammer asked to reply to their email address at

The following is a screen capture of the website.

Microsoft Claim
The website is hosted by this company in South Africa, : http://texo.co.za/
The domain is registered at godaddy.com, but we will not go into the details of the whois.

Next, the phone number IDD +44 shows that the scammer is likely to be in UK as written on the email. We do not have the IP address from the mail header, so we cannot confirm the actual location where the mail was sent.

And the sender of the email uses indiatimes.com…. what!? lol
As you can see above, they have used… South Africa – UK – India?

In any case, this is still a scam.

From: MICROSOFT PROMOTION [mailto:microsoftpromo_agent@indiatimes.com]
Subject: YOU HAVE WON!!!

Microsoft Network
Thames Valley Park
United Kingdom.


Attn: Sir/Madam,

MSN or Microsoft Network/Corporation is a collection of Internet services provided by Microsoft.The Hotmail,MSN Messenger and many others of our services where currently ranked as the best amongst all websites for Traffic Rank. We are planning to build a global fiber-optic network from scratch with our promotion.

Congratulations once more on your email coupon which was selected among the 15 lucky prize winners on the draw held on the 30th of July 2007. Your email ID identified with Coupon No.MSN-255409 and was selected by Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 email addresses around the globe enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game.

Batch Number: MSN 2007/UK642-1132/SDN
Coupon Number: MSN-255409
Prize Amount: £1.8 Million (One Million, Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling).

You are required to file claims for your lottery prize winning by contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer with your winning information provided above before 14 working days.

Lottery Claims Officer:
Name:Michael Douglass


To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your batch and coupon numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your prize winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming Microsoft E-GAMES Promotion.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Carolyn Maria Duval
(Lottery Coordinator)