“Prize Notification” From “Microsoft”

I just checked my email and found this oh-so-exciting email from MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMOTIONS:

MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMO:OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

The MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMO TEAM is glad to announce that after a successful completion of the PROMO DRAWS on the 17th July 2008, your e-mail address,attached to winning numbers:(55) (73) (14) (41) (36) (29) won in the Tenth lottery category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £150,000,00(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file REF NO:MSW-L/008-28793, BATCH NO:2008MJL-05, this is from a total prize money of £3,750,000 (Three Million,Seven hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling),shared among the Twenty five (25) international
winners in this category.

All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn form 167,000 Names,as part of our International “E-MAIL” Promotion Program for our prominent MS-WORD users all over the world and for the continuous use of the internet. You are adviced to contact the claims processor with the details below via his e-mail address :

NAME:  Marvin Cunningham
EMAIL: mrmarvcunn@yahoo.com.hk
TEL:   +44 703 5902789

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO CLAIM  YOUR WINNINGS:

1.Full Name………………………………
2.Address:………………………………
3.Phone:……………Fax:……………….
4.Country:………………………………
5.Sex/Gender……………………………..

In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications,please remember to quote your reference and winning ticket number in all correspondence with  your claims officer.Your secret pin code is ML0757985.Be warned that cases of double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program  will be legally pursued.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,
MRS. MARTHA TAYLOR

There are so many spam dead giveaways in that email that I can hardly count them. There’s the all caps subject, the three different email addresses associated with the “prize,” the fact that the “prize” is to be awarded in pounds instead of dollars, the fact that the coordinator is using a Yahoo account from Hong Kong and the fact that there are numerous spelling errors that just scream “Nigerian scumbag.” I love that they have quotes around E-Mail, which makes me think of Dr. Evil saying “laser” from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I also love the fact that the prize is given to those in “our prominent MS-WORD users all over the world and for the continuous use of the internet.” Riiiiight. I’m a “prominent” user of Word and the intertubes, so now I’m eligible. Suuuuure…

Yeah, I’ll be responding to this one.

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9 thoughts on ““Prize Notification” From “Microsoft”

  1. well just today Oct5,2008 i also received this e-mail and now they are using different names,
    NAME: Allen Schuetz
    EMAIL: mrallen.schuetz@yahoo.com.hk
    TEL: +44 703 5902789

    YOURS FAITHFULLY,
    MRS. FLORINA PERKINS.

    [The MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMO TEAM is glad to announce that
    after a successful completion of the PROMO DRAWS on the
    2nd October 2008,your e-mail address,attached to winning
    numbers:(55) (73) (14)(41) (36) (29) won in the Tenth
    lottery category.]
    the lottery numbers are still the same as yours, (you know what i mean)

    I wonder what they ask in return for those who respond to this mail.

  2. We got the same e-mail and I answered it just for fun.. Now they’ve answered:

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    This is to inform you that you have been fully cleared as winner of the THE MICROSOFT
    EMAIL PROMO. I am happy to inform you that I have forwarded your Original Certificate
    and your Certified bank cheque e.t.c to our affiliate COURIER COMPANY GRAZE EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES.
    Find below the details of OUR AFFILIATED COURIER COMPANY

    GRAZE EXPRESS DELIVERY

    Contact Person:
    MR LAURENCE BAKER
    Dispatch Officer
    e-mail: grazeexpressdelivery@yahoo.co.uk

    You are advised to send the courier company an e-mail to their e-mail address (above) for
    their courier cost. When contacting them, you are to include this order number (below) as
    your subject.

    Please you are advised to write down the order number and save it for future reference.
    ORDER NUMBER: *.

    Note: You are to quote your complete name, residential address, direct phone number and
    Order number to enable them honour your letter.You are to keep all lotto information (your
    winning numbers & security number) away from the public.This is important as a case of
    double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program will not be entertained.

    Once again i say congratulations. Feel free to inform me of your dealings with the courier
    company should there be any delay.

    Mr. Allen Schuetz,
    Claims Processor,
    MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMOTIONS.

  3. I received yesterday the same reply as Monica. I was wondering how they can use an e-mail address that seems to be Microsoft’s.. (….@microsoft.com)?
    And thanks to Joey for your blog.

  4. congratulation, now I also is winner of the same amount at the same winning number, What a nice system.
    I wonder if there is somebody who have taken one more step an got any cost claim for the forwarding om all this money?

  5. Hi there,

    yes I’m also a winner of the same amount at the same winning number!! Does any body know more about the scam?? Can’t Microsoft tell us more or do something??

  6. Hi!

    I am a winner to, so the e-mail claims. Pah! Sorry, that I wrote some irritated letter to them, asking who will pay the taxman? I hate this sort of crap!

    We all got blowed away by this man or bank. Even if I didn´t answered all letters (6) they just sent another one and a another one, untill I finally answered it. Shit happends!

  7. I got an email like that too! But instead, it was signed:

    YOURS FAITHFULLY,
    KATHLEEN MORGAN

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