]]>Hot Scam Specifications:
Scam Type: 419 Scam (Lottery Scam)
Fake Names: Ms. Agatha Bally, Mr Garry Johnson
Offer Type: Lottery Winnings claiming to be from “Microsoft Promotion Award Team”
Winning Amount: £1,350,000
Storyline: You received an email saying that you have won a lottery which you did not join
Scammer Location: Claims to be from UK
Scammer Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
None of the email lottery scams are from the real Microsoft as claimed by the email.
Microsoft does not run online lottery nor sends out lottery winning by email. Microsoft sells Operating Systems,
In case you don’t know, Microsoft’s website is at http://www.microsoft.com, and does not communicate with anyone using free email addresses from earthlink, gmail, etc.
Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKEX: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, its best selling products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.
Originally founded to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. Its products have all achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. One commentator notes that Microsoft’s original mission was “a computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software”—it is a goal near fulfillment. Microsoft possesses footholds in other markets, with assets such as the MSNBC cable television network, the MSN Internet portal, and the Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia. The company also markets both computer hardware products such as the Microsoft mouse as well as home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360, Zune and MSN TV. The company released an initial public offering (IPO) in the stock market, which, due to the ensuing rise of the stock price, has made four billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees.
Throughout its history the company has been the target of criticism, including monopolistic business practices and anti-competitive business practices including refusal to deal and tying. The U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission, among others, have ruled against Microsoft for various antitrust violations.
Known for what is generally described as a developer-centric business culture, Microsoft has historically given customer support over Usenet newsgroups and the World Wide Web, and awards Microsoft MVP status to volunteers who are deemed helpful in assisting the company’s customers.
There are many variations of “Microsoft lottery” scam mails running around.
From: Microsoft Promotion Award Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Microsoft Promotion Award Team
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10:30 PM
Congratulation” your EMAIL ID has won £1,350,000.00 (One MillionThree
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) Winning No:10 20
25 41 44 46 with a bonus 6 for LOTTO 6/49 in the just concluded draw held in
United Kingdom to Fight high rate of poverty growth in the world, sponsored by
Please contact your agent with this information below:
Mr GARRY JOHNSON
Microsoft Promotion Award Team
Email: email@example.com or
Phone:+44 703-187-6142. or :+44 703-187-6145:
Give your agent this info:
country of origin
Ms. Agatha Bally
Note: CONTACT YOUR AGENT FOR MORE UPDATE.