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If you receive an email from the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO and/or Freelotto.com claiming you won a prize, it is a scam - no matter what amount it says, or what names or addresses they use! Let's get one simple fact straight right now: Microsoft does not and never will sponsor any lottery or sweepstakes of ANY kind. Period. End of story.
Below is another example of this fake lotto / sweepstakes / promotion; this one claiming to be from the "MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO" which they say is sponsored by Microsoft in the United Kingdom with a contact address in West Africa using a free Yahoo email address in Italy with a website belonging to freelotto.com. If that nonsense doesn't make it clear that it is a scam.....
Note the usual clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter. Especially notice the free Yahoo email return address. Doesn't it make sense that Microsoft would notify winners of a lottery it sponsors, via a competitor's email system? And if that isn't an obvious enough sign for you, since when does Microsoft operate a lottery?
This one is really too stupid to believe that anyone would fall for it... And for another, even worse attempt Microsoft scam, see this page.
YOU HAVE WON
FROM: THE AWARD DEPARTMENT
MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT
CASH CLASIC FREE LOTTO.
89 New Fetter Lane London,EC4A 1AG U.K
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the FREELOTTO STAKE INC ( international program ) held on the 21st February, 2007. Your email address attached to ticket Nš 34090322816 with 43568000/12 drew Prize $1,000,000.00 Cash Classic which was first in the 1st Category of the draws with reference number REF Nš:BN/2251256003/07.
For your best understanding in claims to your winning prize, be informed that you will have to pay the delivery charge of US$150.00 to receive your cheque by courier and no one has the right to deduct any fee from your cheque. The cheque can only be encashed by you.
For immediate remittance of your prize, contact our Agent at Cotonou, Republque Du Benin, located in West Africa where all prize are to be claimed;
MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO CLAIMS AGENT COTONOU BENIN
Dr. Fogan Sossah
Tel: +229 937 06 177
Remember to send the following information for your claims to the above information to Dr. Fogan Sossah for your clams;
Your full name;
Your reference Number:
Your phone number:
We wish you a happy claim and enjoy your lucky winning prize.
Mrs. Julie Cruz
And another version:
From: DR FOGAN SOSSAH < email@example.com >
Sent: Monday, March 5, 2007 9:18:23 PM
MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY PROMOTIONS,EMAIL AWARD PROMO: CLAIMS AGENT COTONOU.RU DU GOUVERNEUR B, 117 BP 1280- COTONOUREPUBLIC OF BENIN, West Africa.Phone: +229-939-053-95Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.freelotto.comPROGRAM: CASH CLASSIC FREE LOTTO 2007.Dear Winner; Kazi Hossain Shahadat ,WINNER'S REFERENCE NUMBERS: BN/2251256003/07.CONGRATULATIONS FOR WINNING OUR CASH CLASSIC FREE LOTTO 2007.
Your payment have been processed for release of your total winning sum : US$1,000,000.00 to be made to you by cheque as already informed by the organising committee of this lotto program held on 21/02/2007.You are now being required to make payment of the delivery charge by means of western union money transfer with the following information so that this cheque can be send to you through courier express.Make payment soon with the following information;Name of Receiver: OFORD EDDY ANEKWE.Address: Cotonou, Republique Du BeninAmount: US$150.00
Text Question: Lucky?
Answer: Yess.Note: After making the payment,you are to scan and send the payment slip to us through this email or send the following information to us:Sender's name:Amount sent:MTCN:If you find it had to make payment for the delivery of your cheque to your address,then you are advised to come down to this office and make a personal collection of your cheque because the courier company can not accept any delivery C.O.D.IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE YOUR WINNING FUNDS THROUGH BANK TRANSFER:You have to send us the sum of US$450 to open an account in your name with a bank here where your winning funds will be deposited before it is transfered to your bank account in your country.CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Best Regards,Dr. Fogan SossahPAYMENT OFFICER.Phone: +229-939-053-95