I’m a lucky winner
Ok, I’m starting to get ticked off here.
It seems that I’m getting a LOT of these type of scam/phishing/junk e-mails lately.
Anywho, take a look at the latest.
This here is the actual e-mail that I got. Notice the grammar, spelling, etc of it. OBVIOUSLY not someone from Microsoft. No letter head, etc.
The Microsoft Corp World Lottery
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07962.
We happily announce to you the draw (#953) of the MICROSOFT CORP WORLD LOTTERY AWARD International programs held in U.K your “email Address” was attached to ticket number; B7778 75604546 715 serial Number 97560, this batch draws the lucky winning numbers as follows 18/24/85/88/44/15, bonus number 2, which consequently won the lottery In the second category.
All participants “email address” were selected through a computer Balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand names from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic As part of our international promotions program which is conducted Annually.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £ 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS in cash credited to file MSW-L/200-26988 This is from a total cash prize of ZZ£50,000,000 shared among the (25) Twenty-Five lucky Winners in this 12th category. Furthermore your detail s (e-mail address) falls within Our Johannesburg Representative Office in South Africa, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize sum of £ 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS STERLING) will be Remitted to you by our paying bank.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our Fiduciary Claim Agent in Johannesburg South Africa where your own Payment is zoned. He will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning price. His contact details are shown below:
Claim Manager: Justice Mabaso.
To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the Claim Agent Immediately with the below information’s:
WINNING EMAIL ADRESS:
We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune in this season.
This office reserves the sole right to cancel with immediate effect the winning of any lucky Winner as a result of abuse of our program which might result from dual claiming as a Result you are advised to keep your winning information and details very confidential as Your winning became possible because of your email address. Please be warned!!!! ‘’All lottery winnings must be transferred to lucky winners within 21 days from time of Winning notification. Funds not transferred to lucky winners upon the expiration of 21 Days from the date of winning notification will be cancelled with immediate effect without Any prior information to the lucky winners.’’
Congratulations once again.
Mr. Steven Meyer.
Ok, let’s go over a few things here.
- The Microsoft Corp World Lottery in Morristown, NJ.
- Since when did Microsoft move to Morristown?
- My e-mail was attached to a lottery number.
- When did I participate in a ‘World Lottery’ via e-mail from an e-mail address I don’t publish?
- Our Johannesburg Representative Office in South Africa
- Uh, yeah, I don’t think MS a representative office in SA.
- They want all of this information to claim?
- Um, wouldn’t they already have my name, address, sex, age, etc on the entry form?
- Your winning became possible because of your email address.
- That I don’t publish, nor do I enter lotteries in Europe or South Africa with.
Ok, overall, the grammar, the wording, everything is just wrong.
I’d like to actually meet someone in today’s society (outside of maybe the elderly who have VERY little experience with the internet) that will actually fall for this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are and will be people that do. I’d just like to meet them to see who they are, see what they’re thought processes are, etc. It’d be an interesting study.
Either way, spread the word, the Nigerian 419 and the phishing scams are becoming prevalent again.