Lottery Scam Email

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Holden DeYass
Asked at 2012-05-12 00:56:44
Read to know how smart these scammers think they are .....
Answer1BblytheAnswered at 2012-05-12 00:58:07

Did you know that Microsoft has a sweepstakes? And that they give away huge amounts of money to people simply for having "an active account email online"? This is good news for Microsoft, too. If you received an email from "Dr.Sharles Stan" to "MICROSOFT GLOBAL E-MAIL LOTTERY - INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and contact with "Khumalo MR.REUBEN" to collect your winnings is a scam. Microsoft has never had any lottery (and we're pretty sure they never will). Bill Gates has made that very clear. And while we're on the subject, Microsoft is not, and do not ever send you to DisneyWorld. They do not "test the internet", nor sponsor email lottery "to promote the use of the Internet", "to promote the use of electronic mail" or "the use of computers around the world." Nor do they have lotteries to "promote MS Word" or "the launch of Vista", Hotmail or other products. It selects the winners of the lottery "using a database of email addresses" or "from websites worldwide", or "our computer ballot system".

And why would they send this email from a free Hotmail account, with a drawing that supposedly held in the Netherlands, and managed from South Africa ... When the headquarters of Microsoft in the United States and "; winner" is in the UK? That should make anyone suspicious!

The scammers may change the names and details, but it's still a scam! Do not be a complete idiot

Below is the example of the bogus email scam (e-mail is a scam, not all people or companies mentioned in the email) that claims to be from the "MICROSOFT GLOBAL E -MAIL LOTTERY - INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT. "

Although the most important idea is that no legitimate lottery ever email a winner , there are many other signs that this is fraud. We highlighted some of them in the email below, not least of which are:

  • Microsoft does not have or sponsor any lottery.

  • vote Email address: There is no such thing as an "electoral computer system" or "computer email draw". Nobody, not even Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they suggest.

  • "tickets were sold": You care to explain where the money comes from fairy Perhaps the lottery money? Why would a lottery give away money to "email address randomly selected by computer draw electoral" This is clearly nonsense: MUST, repeat must buy a ticket for a chance of winning any lottery !

  • awful spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers apparently do not know how to use spell checkers assume they left school before that class .. They use almost excessive capitalization and random. Often can not even spell "February" or know that "22" should be "22". These scammers usually write at the level of grade 3. Being non-native English speakers, they also often get the names and surnames (last names reversed), so often seen names like "Mr. James Smith." Instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage of periods (ellipsis) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also edit your emails and look and read more professional.

  • Using free email account. The scammer comes to you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, MSN, Gmail, etc) Don 'do not you think a real organization using its own address, it's own domain and site page

  • Keep Confidential

    - Real lotteries THRIVE on publicity - they do not want anything to keep secret - the publicity causes people to buy more tickets. There is NO risk of "double claiming" because they can validate the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer want you to shut up because they want the police or ConsumerFraudreporting hear about them! It should read: "For our own safety, we recommend to keep your winning confidential until we have finished scamming you!"

  • email notification : NO real lottery sent an email to notify winners ... period full stop End of story. There mere fact that JUST got an email saying you won a lottery is proof that this is a scam.

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