This is a version of one of the common lottery scams, claiming to come from Microsoft Corporation. It’s tricked out with the usual reference numbers, fiduciary agents, and the like — all common features of lottery scam messages. Do you remember buying a ticket for such a lottery? If not, you haven’t won.
from: MICROSOFT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE email@example.com
date: Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 8:17 PM
subject: Congratulation You Have Won!!!!
MICROSOFT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
61-70 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury,
LONDON, United Kingdom, WC1B 4AR.
REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
!!!CONGRATULATIONS!! !!TO!! !!YOU!!!!!!
We happily announce to you the draw (Draw #1202) of the MSW LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International Program held on recently in the UK. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of GBP5,500,000.00 POUNDS in cash which is approximately $11,000,000.00 USDOLLARS credited to file REF NO:MSW-L/200-26937.
This is from total prize money of GBP27,500,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the Twenty (5)international winners in this category.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent via email.
NAME OF CLAIMS OFFICER: Mr. Brian Edward
Provide him with the following information to claim your prize.
Country of residence:
Congratulations to you…Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
SPONSORS:-CHIEF SPONSOR; MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK; MICROSOFT CO OPERATIONS ASIA; MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS USA