I found the following in my gmail spam today. It was a repeat of a message from two days ago that I ignored.
Microsoft Notification <firstname.lastname@example.org>
20 Jan (3 days ago)
to undisclosed recipients
Dear Lucky winner,
Compliment of the season to you our dear lucky winner This is to
inform you that your email address has won a consolation prize worth
(?1,000,000.00 GBP), From the Microsoft New Year Bonaza EMAIL DRAW
held in UK 2013.Your email address was among the selected random play
held today in our headquarter in UNITED KINGDOM.
CERTIFICATE OF PRIZE CLAIM(Receipt Official Notification Letter)
1. Full Name:
3. Marital Status:
4. Occupation :
8. Telephone Number:
Microsoft Award Department
Once again, the ‘undisclosed recipients” is a clear sign this is a scam. Another indication is the amount of information they are asking you to provide. Just what they’d need for identity theft.
Nobody on this planet, no corporation, is going to offer a lottery for (approximately) one and a half million dollars without any publicity of any kind. This would be especially true of a company the size of Microsoft, not the way they publicize everything. Notice also that while the email purports to be sent from Microsoft.co.uk, while you are to respond to a different address.
Once again, if you haven’t entered a contest of any description, you ain’t gonna win.
Enjoy your day. If you live in the northern part of North America, try to stay warm and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.