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“Microsoft Seasons Greetings Award” Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Email purporting to be from Microsoft claims that you have won £450,000 in the Microsoft Seasons Greetings award and you are required to contact Microsoft’s Validating Department to file your claim for the prize.

Brief Analysis:
Alas, the email is not from Microsoft and you have not won £450,000.

The email is just one in an endless series of similar scam emails that are designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to Internet criminals.

If you reply in the hope of claiming your prize, you will soon be told that you must send money to cover various fees before your funds can be released. The scammers will keep asking you to send more money until you run out of funds or finally realise that you are being conned. When the scam has run its course, the criminals will simply disappear with your money and you are extremely unlikely to ever get any of it back. And, of course, you will never get the promised £450,000, which never existed to begin with.

Moreover, as the scam progressed, the scammers may have been able to trick you into sending them a large amount of your personal and financial information. They may later use this information to steal your identity.

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As noted, advance fee scams like this one are very common. But, the reason that they are still so common is that they work. Many people around the world fall for such scams every day. If you are unfamiliar with how scams like this work, you can read more about them here.


Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399


Winning Number: MIC HBB 23412


We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our winners selected this year in the microsoft seasons greetings award held here in USA. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows.Hence we do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to the Microsoft Windows products. We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all online winners.

We thereby formally inform you that you successfully passed the requirements, legal requirements and satisfactory report from all online test conducted and you have been awarded the sum of ₤450,000.00 GBP {Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling. With your Winning Number: MIC HBB 23412.

A winning Cheque/international certified bank draft will be issued in your name by Microsoft Corporation Board, we write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.

Verification Form

  • Your Full Names:
  • Your Contact Address:
  • Your Country/Nationality:
  • Your Telephone/Mobile Number(s):
  • Occupation:
  • Age/Gender:
  • Alternative email account if any:
  • Ever Won An Online Lottery?
  • What is your comment On Google Products?

Microsoft Corporation values your right to privacy! Your information is 100% secured and will be used exclusively for the purpose of this award only.

To file for your claim, you are required to contact our Validating department for VALIDATION of your winnings within Twenty-nine working days of this winning notification. Winnings that are not validated within Twenty- nine working days of winning notification are termed void and invalid.


Name: John Thompson

(Microsoft Executive Team)

Direct Contact


Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Microsoft interactive Lotteries Board Commission.

Satya Nadella,

Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft USA.

©Copyright 2016 Microsoft Incorporation. All rights reserved.

Microsoft Seasons Greetings Scam

Last updated: December 18, 2016
First published: December 18, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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