Microsoft, Yahoo lottery hoax e-mails

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Hey… I really don’t know why people still send this email (see email below) but to my understanding, this kind of email has been circulating the net ever since… well.. since email has been invented. An article has been posted on CNet stating that this email is a hoax and what I really cannot understand is why people still fall for these kind of email. Just remember the rule of the thumb, even on text/sms or any kind of similar scams.. is that “If you did not join any game, lottery or any promotions then it must be a scam”.

From: YAHOO & MICROSOFT AWARDS < gisele.chouri@noos.fr>
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!! CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT VIA verificationdepartment1@discuz.org
To:
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 7:50 AM

Microsoft Award Team.
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te United A Kingdom.
Batch: 12/25/0340

Dear Winner

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money
of five hundred thousand pounds (500,000) for the
Edition 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO
LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS,
collects all the email addresses of people that are active
online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail
we only select five people every Month as our winners through
electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we
Congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect
to facilitate the protocol of your winning prize before the
expiry date of Claim; Winners shall be paid in accordance with
his/her Settlement Centre. Prize must be claimed not later than
15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in
which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period
will be forfeited. These are your identification numbers:

Batch number………………..12/25/0340
Ref number…………………..Ref: MSN-L/200-26937
Winning number……………….YM09788

To begin your claim please contact our licensed and
Accredited agent assigned to you

Mr. Mark Adams
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
Email:verificationdepartment1@discuz.org
Tel: +44 703 193 2960

You are therefore advised to send the following information to
the claims agent to help facilitate the claims of your prize .

1. Full name…………
2. Country…………..
3. Contact Address……..
4. Telephone Number……..
5. Marital Status………
6. Occupation………….
7. Company…………..
8. Age………………..

Please Note:
Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from
date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize
has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Congratulations!! Once again.
Yours in service,
Mrs. Felicia Walkers
(Operation Manager)

Last modified: October 20, 2009

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