Scammers have been using well-known brands as originators for lottery scams for several years now, and Microsoft isn’t a new name. This lottery scam, from the alias Ben Clark, must however be one of the worst written notifications I have ever seen. The lack of formatting, the ridiculous sum of a million pounds and the obvious flaw, that a Microsoft official never would use a yahoo.com e-mail address sais it all.
It’s a scam.
from Ben Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date Oct 22, 2007 12:04 AM
subject Dear Lucky Winner
Microsoft Award Team 20 Craven Park, Harlesden London NW10,United Kingdom. Ref: BTD/747/07 Batch: 462890CE Dear Lucky Winner, This is to inform you that your email has won a consulation prize of the Microsoft Corporation EMAIL DRAW held 21st Oct 2007. Your email has won you 1,000,000.00 Great British Pounds. To claim your prize, please contact your fiduciary agent Mr. David Brown with your Batch: 462890CE and Ref: BTD/747/07 and contact him via email or phone immediately within 24hrs. Mr. Ben Clark Microsoft Promotion Award Team Head Winning Claims Dept. Email:email@example.com