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MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL SCAM

by Brett M. Christensen

The MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL scam email shown below claims that the recipient has won money in an international lottery. The email is an attempt to initiate a dialogue with potential victims and subsequently trick them into sending money to the scammers responsible. There is no “MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL” and no prize money.

In spite of the name used, the message is not, in any way, endorsed or condoned by Microsoft.

For more information about Lottery Scams see:
Email Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information


Example:
Subject: CONTACT YOUR AGENT YOU HAVE WON:

MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
HOOFGHESS 103 KL
1102 GH,
AMSTERDAM-NETHERLANDS.

FROM:THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
WEB-WWW.microsoft.com

BACTH NO: 213-127-798-ppl1102.
SERIAL NO;63-PR-LD44

WINNING NOTIFICATION,

Attn,

Sir,Madam

This is to inform you of the release of the MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on the 14th Febuary 2005 Due to the mix up of numbers, the results were released on the 16th febuary 2005. Your name attached to ticket666/09/pr also with with drew the lucky numbers of 7-9-2-8 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for payment THREE HUNDRE AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY.( US$350,000.00 ) cash credited to file with REF. NO.633/98/401

CONGRATULATIONS:

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some paticipants.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000 company, and 3,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.This promotional program takes place every three years. For your processing of your claim please contact our fudicial agent in the legaldepartment.

Mr. Paul Smith
TEL:0031-6492-243-95
FAX;0031-8473-006-60
Email:paulagency20051@netscape.net OR paulagency2005@zwallet.com

MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTER.

processing and remittance of your winning prize money to a destination of your choice.Any claim not made befor 27th febuary this day will be returned to the MINISTERIAL VAN DE ECONOMIA NETHERLANDS. Note that all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.

Also in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all your correspondence with Mr.Paul Smith

Please follow all his instructions.Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as quickly as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,
Sandra Blaze Hoornbeck
Vice President,
MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY INTER.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer