Sweepstakes Dream Team
I guess these guys figured that with these big names involved, we’d just have to believe it. Let me see if I can get it straight: We’re to believe that Microsoft and AOL teamed up for a sweepstakes to save the IE browser, and are delivering that sweepstakes by grabbing emails and attaching a tracking number to them. Hmmm…. seems unlikely to me. Not to mention, probably illegal. Once again, highlights are BOLD to make them easy to find.
Microsoft Award Team
50 Craven Park, Harlesden London NW10 United Kingdom
Dear sir/ madam
The prestigious Microsoft and Aol has set out and sucessfully organised a Sweepstakes marking this year 2008 anniversary, we rolled out over USDM40,459,864 for our end of year Anniversary Draws.
Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their patronage. The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalised email addresses to ticket numbers.
If you ignore this, you will regret it later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.
Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 20511465463-7644 with serial numbers S/N-00168 and drew the lucky numbers 14-21-25-39-40-47(20) which subsequently won you £1,100,000.00 (One Million One Hundred Thousand Pounds) as one of the 5 jackpot winners in this draw. You have therefore won the entire winning sum of £1,100,000.00. The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley, London. These Draws are commemorative and as such special.
To file your claim, fill the form below and contact your claims agent whose details is given below.:
Referrence No. __________________________________
Serial No. __________________________________
Ticket No. __________________________________
CLAIM AGENT CONTACT
Mr DOUGLAS DUKE
+447031821xxx /+44 7024041xxx
Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates and his associates. We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune in this season.
Note: You have one weeks from the date of this publication to claim your prize or you may forefeit your winnings, in compliance with the sponsoring bodies you are to make a remittance of a part of your won fund not lower than 10-percent after receiving your allocation to any charity organization of your choice.
Thank you for being part of our commemorative end of year Anniversary Draws.
Mrs. Winfrey Ricky
Microsoft Promotion Team
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Here we see all the usual telltale markings of a scam. Misspelled words, grammatical errors, capitalization problems and just plain old badly worded sentences join the old standard, that personal information form. The contact agent has a Gmail address and the whole thing was composed and sent through a Yahoo account. How did you like the line about Bill Gates spending his money? I cracked up when I saw that. As Americans, we don’t make a habit out of wishing “luck as you spend your good fortune”…
I am Jon, and it’s my good fortune to be here for you. I probably can’t spend that.