It’s hard to imagine, but people still fall for scams like this all the time.
I just got another “you won the lottery” spam e-mails. This one was supposedly from “MICROSOFT CORPORATIONS”(sic), and contained the following message:
You have been awarded the sum of £1,625,000.00GBP in the MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMOTI ON AWARD 2010.Cont Mr Mark Anderson with your names,address,phone and Country to [elided]@w.cn.cn or call +4470-[elided] for moreinformation on this award.
With the exception of removing the username part of the e-mail address, and the rest of the phone number, that is the exact contents of the e-mail, spelling and line breaks as-is.
With so many obvious “this isn’t real” warning signs, I find it hard to imagine that people still fall for this. Yet they do.
- The “from” with “MICROSOFT CORPORATIONS”(sic).
- The e-mail address this was supposedly “from” is an Italian domain, ending in “.it”.
- I am in the United States, yet the supposed award is in British Pounds.
- I never entered a “MICROSOFT EMAIL PROMOTION AWARD” promotion.
- The e-mail address I am supposed to reply to isn’t the “from” address. (It should at least be the same domain name.)
- The e-mail address I am supposed to reply to is a Chinese domain (ending in “.cn”).
- The phone number starts with +”4470″. This is a UK prefix that can forward anywhere in the world. See here for more information.
- The numerous spelling errors, typos, improper word breaks, and so on.
And that’s just a quick 30-second look.
The easiest way to know this is fake is this… If you didn’t enter your e-mail address into some online promotion, it’s not real!