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‘Microsoft Online Lottery Prize’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

This email claims that you have won 10 million dollars in the Microsoft Online Lottery Prize and should contact the paying bank for further details.

Supposedly, there is a limited time for you to claim your prize, so you should use the details provided to contact the bank directly to arrange the release of your winnings.

However, the email is a scam. Microsoft did not send it. Nor did the bank named in the message. And, you have not won any money. There is no such thing as the “Microsoft Online Lottery”. The email is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to online criminals.

If you take the bait and contact the “bank” as instructed, you will be told that before you get your prize, you must first send money to cover various expenses supposedly associated with the release and transfer of the funds. You will be told that the fees must be paid in advance and can not be deducted from the prize itself.

You will also be told that if you don’t pay promptly, you will forfeit your claim to the $10 million.

If you do send money, you will then be asked to send even more money for even more imaginary expenses. This cycle will continue until you run out of money or at last realize that you are being conned.

After they have stolen as much of your money as they can, the crooks will stop all communication with you and you will no longer be able to contact them. In other words, they will simply pocket your money and disappear. You will never get any of the money back. And, of course, you will never get the promised lottery prize, which never existed in the first place.

To make matters worse, the scammers may manage to steal your identity using all of the personal and financial information they collected from you during the course of the scam.

Advance fee scams like this are very common and have been around in various forms for many years.

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I have been directed as the United States European Microsoft Lottery Promo Claim Agent to refer you to the appointed paying bank to commence arrangement to release the US$10,000,000.00 (Ten million United States Dollars) your email address won for you. Rev. Fr Terry Adams the director of Microsoft European Region and the coordinator of the lottery promo instructed me to refer you to the paying bank to discuss the release of the wining prize to you having forwarded or presented your file to the paying Bank management which contained the award winning certificate issued to you.I was supposed to mediate for you at the Bank as the official claim agent in United States of America where you were grouped to receive your wining prize but due to the limited time available to claim your wining prize or have it revoked, Fr. Adams instructed me to refer you to the bank directly to engage with its management to speedy arrangement and also mandated me to follow up with arrangement and the process of releasing your wining prize to you.
The details of the bank are:Bank name: Chartered Trust FundLocation: [Removed]

Email: [Removed]
Tel: [Removed]

Write to the Bank immediately you receive this email and copy to me for record purposes as you will be expected to copy every email you receive from the bank to me for proper monitoring and avoid making contact with unauthorized persons to avoid double claim as you are also advised to keep this process to yourself to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident that happened to one of our lucky winners whose relation he confided in about the US$10,000,000.00 wining prize poisoned and filed claim on his behalf as the relative with the right to inherit his estates however, investigation conducted by Microsoft Lottery team revealed the lucky winner was poisoned for the prize amount by trusted family members hence, apply caution.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Brad Goodman
Microsoft United States Lottery promo Paying Center Claim Agent
[Address Removed]

Rev. Fr. Terry Adams
(European Region Director Microsoft and Lottery Promo coordinator)


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,