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Microsoft Mega Jackpot Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Lottery scams are one of the most common types of fraudulent email currently hitting inboxes. The Microsoft Mega Jackpot Scam email shown below is an example of one of these scam emails. Be wary of unsolicited email that informs you that you have won a large sum of money or other prizes in an international lottery. There is no lottery and no prizes. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the lottery scam emails will eventually be asked for advanced fees to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed “winnings”. They may also become the victims of identity theft.

In spite of the companies named, the message is in no way endorsed or condoned by Microsoft or AOL.

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


Example:
Subject: MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT

MICROSOFT & AOL AWARD, ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES

REFERENCE NUMBER: MSW/56B-672GH/L

BATCH NUMBER: 4583JL/WIN

SERIAL NUMBER: SSN/MSLTT/009883

MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY PROMOTIONS, EMAIL AWARD PROMO: UNITED KINGDOM

Finally today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 10th March 2007. Your company or your personal e-mail address, attached to winning number 23-76-06-54-42-08, with Serial Number: SSN/MSLTT/009883, consequently won in the Tenth lottery category.

You are therefore been approved for lump sums pay out of GBP 1,500,000.00 POUNDS ($2,763,678 USD) in cash Credited to file REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-08, this is from total prize money of GBP 37,500,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the Twenty five (25) international winners in this category.

All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn form 42,000 Names, 6,000 names from each continent, as part of International “E-MAIL” Promotions Program, for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world, and for the Continuous use of E-mail. Your fund (certified cheque) has been insured with your REF NO:
MSW/0277-6355/GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-08. To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email for Processing and remittance of your prize money to you. The claims processor is:

Name: Mr. Elliot Davis

E-mail: winningsreport@yahoo.co.uk

Do email the above email addresses, all at once. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and winning numbers in all correspondences with your claims officer.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE BELOW INFORMATIONS REQUIRED TO CLAIM YOUR WINNING PRIZE:
1. Full Name:…………………………………………………..

2. Address:……………………………………………………..

3.Nationality:…………………………………………………

… 4. Age: ………………….. Date of Birth: …………………..

5. Occupation: ………………………………………………….

6. Phone: ………..Fax:

………………………………………… 7. State of Origin : ……Country: ……………….


8: DELIVERY OPTIONS:………………………………….

Upon receipt of the duly requested data, I will send you the contact information of the payment office so you can proceed with effecting the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit, submit back immediately.

DELIVERY OPTIONS:

(1) BANK SWIFT WIRE TRANSFER

(2) COME TO OUR OFFSHORE PAYMENT CENTER IN SPAIN

(3) BY A COURIER FIRM,

Sincerely,

Secretary

Mrs. Maurrine Diane H


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