Yahoo and Microsoft to fight email lottery scams

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yahoo_founders.jpgYahoo and Microsoft are teaming up in an effort to stop lottery email scams.
The two companies have signed on with Western Union and the African Development Bank to head a new effort to aid victims of the attacks and help catch the perpetrators.

Lottery scams often reach users in the form of spam messages. The user is told that they have won a special internet lottery, and are then advised that to claim the prize and securely conduct the transaction, bank details must be provided.

The account information is then harvested by the attacker and sold or used for fraudulent transactions.

The campaign will establish a new service that allows victims of the scams to share police reports. The companies have set up web sites and email addresses through which users can contribute their reports to a database.

The hope is that the database will better enable both the companies and law enforcement agencies to link the lottery scam cases and track down the criminals behind the frauds. Interpol will also contribute to the project by spreading awareness of the site and encouraging law enforcement groups to utilise the database in investigations.

“At Yahoo, we’ve long told our users that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But as internet fraudsters continue to get more creative in their approaches, consumers continue to be deceived,” said George Hadjigeorgiou, Yahoo’s European general manager of communication and community products.

“This unique initiative is a continuation of our online safety and trust initiatives and is intended to help support our consumer awareness efforts.”

37 COMMENTS

  1. Helga Van Der Merwe

    I received this today.

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:31:58 -0800
    From: INFO@MICROSOFT.COM
    Subject: REFERENCE NO: MSW-L/200-26937
    To:

    Microsoft Promotion Award Team
    Dr.Helen Gibson
    Stamford New Road,
    Altrincham Cheshire
    WA14 1EP
    London.
    United Kingdom.

    OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION.

    It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held this JUNE 2009, in London UK. Where in your email address emerged as one of the online Winning emails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of Ј450,000.00.

    They are arranged in this format below:

    CATEGORY NO.OF WINNERS WINNING PRIZES

    1st. 2 Ј850,000.00 pounds each
    2nd. 8 Ј450,000.00 pounds each
    3rd. 13 Ј350,000.00 pounds each
    4th. 27 Ј250,000.00 pounds each

    We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you. It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.

    (1) Award numbers: MLAT#2009
    (2) Email ticket numbers: 1587-5896-4598-87,
    (3) Batch numbers: 450THL#2009
    (4) The file reference numbers: MLY-Y/250-450890
    {5} Serial Numbers: McST/776/ML10101

    For verification purpose be sure to include:

    VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM.

    (1) Your Full Names:

    (2) Your Contact Address:

    (3) Your Nationality/Country:

    (4) Your Telephone number:

    (5) Sex:

    (6) Age. :

    (7) Occupation:

    (8) Your Preferred Method of Receiving Your Prize:

    To file for your claim, Please contact your Validating Officer for VALIDATION of your winning within Twenty-nine working days of this winning notification. Winnings that are not validated within Twenty-nine working days of winning notification are termed void and invalid. You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence to enable the Agent validate your winning.

    ***********************************************************
    FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
    SIR RICHARD ROVERS
    MICROSOFT SECURITY DEPARTMENT (UK).
    M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR
    MOBILE: +447045756787
    : +447045756787
    Email:mr.richardrovers@btinternet.com
    ***********************************************************

    The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by our CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies. The Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide. The Microsoft Window lottery has discovered a huge number of double claims due to winners informing close friends relatives and third parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers.

    As a result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The Microsoft lottery has reached a decision from headquarters that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the
    Canceling of that particular winning, making a loss for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that the real winner was the informer to the double claimer about the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

    Once again on behalf of all our staff,
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Sincerely,
    MICROSOFT DIRECTORATE UNIT
    M.S.PRO. ZONAL COORDINATOR.

  2. HE RECIBIDO ESTE MENSAJE. EL DIA 02/06/2009

    YOU ARE ONE OF OUR WINNERS.‏
    De: MICROSOFT YAHOO GOOGLE (winners@hotmail.com)
    Este mensaje puede ser peligroso. Más información
    Enviado: jueves, 02 de julio de 2009 04:24:55 p.m.
    Para:

    MICROSOFT YAHOO GOOGLE LOTTERY PROMOTION2nd Floor Chiltern House, St Nicholas Court25 – 27 Castlegate, Nottingham NG1 7AR,United Kingdom. Dear Lucky Winner, We happily announce to you the result of the Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery draws held on Saturday 27th June 2008, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Ј500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/08.

  3. Good Mording,
    I received this yesterday in my mail and now sharing the infor so the perpitrator can be dealt with.

    Thank u

    Michelle

    MICROSOFT YAHOO GOOGLE LOTTERY PROMOTION
    2nd Floor Chiltern House, St Nicholas Court
    25 – 27 Castlegate, Nottingham NG1 7AR,
    United Kingdom.

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    We happily announce to you the result of the Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery draws held on Saturday 27th June 2008, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses.

    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Ј500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/08.

    To file for your claim, please contact your corresponding Fiduciary Claim Agent (Mr. James David) immediately you get this message for quick and urgent release of your fund.

    Contact information is as follow:

    Mr. James David
    Email: james.david@administrativos.com
    Phone Number: +447031998777

    Endeavour to submit the below information’s as stated below to enable Mr. James David process your winning.

    1. Full Name:…………………………..
    2. Full Address:………………………..
    3. Marital Statue:………………………
    4. Occupation:………………………….
    5. Age:…………………………………
    6. Sex:…………………………………
    7. Nationality:………………………….
    8. Tel. Number:…………………………
    9. Country of Residence…………………

    ***Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program. ***

    Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this Lottery program.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery Promotion
    **Customer Service**

  4. MICROSOFT YAHOO GOOGLE LOTTERY PROMOTION
    2nd Floor Chiltern House, St Nicholas Court
    25 – 27 Castlegate, Nottingham NG1 7AR,
    United Kingdom.

    We happily announce to you the result of the Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery draws held on Saturday 27th June 2008, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses.

    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Ј500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/08.

    It is real or not?

  5. Here is an other one.
    From: The UK Lottery/Mobile Draw team.
    Reference No. CLMD-09121985
    Batch No. July/004YY

    An Advocate is mentioned to deal on my behalf;
    Hooks & Klerk Associate
    Contact; Mike Hooks
    Telephone +44 144 422 0351 ext. 1
    mhooks@lawrelief.net
    lawrelief@ymail.com

    ‘Phoning the number a mechanical voice eventually states that this extension number is not available.
    Well, 2,800.000.00 million United States Dollars would be very nice,but I don’t really know how to read that amount as printed.

  6. dear sir if you people have info then why don’t u take action against these culprits.surely u have the support of law.
    wish u all best.
    mazher shaheen

  7. So please let us know what is really being done to these “scamatures”. Certainly not artists to me.

  8. I have received a similar message on my cellphone to contact winner@gblot.com and the perpitrator then replied and requested me to contact Advocate Michael Hooks of Hooks & Clerk Associate to assist me in obtaining my winnings from the UK.

  9. I have received an sms from F Jackson stating I have won $2 800 000.00 in a UK Lottery Mobile Draw. I replied on the sms via the email provided and was asked to either come to London or contact Adv. M Hooks. I emailed him and he inturn replied to my email informing me that he has investigated my winnings and according to his legal investigation I have indeed won this amount. He gave me a costs estimate of his charges of what it would cost me should he assist me and asked that I pay 50% of the amount. He asked that should I be interested he I should reply to his email and he would in turn email me a drafted power of attorney and his banking details of where the money should be deposited to. I have replied asking that all costs be deducted from my winnings and now await his reply and power of attorney. I would truly like to have these culprids captured should this just be another scam.

  10. Good Evening,

    I have received such email as stated on third description of letters above with winning amount of £500,000.00 today.

    Let´s see if Microsoft will pay this winning amount for beneficiary of this email address without upfront fees or other costs.

    Let´s have a fun without more scams, please.

  11. Dear Lucky Winner,

    We happily announce to you the result of the Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery draws held on Saturday 5th July 2009, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses.

    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of L500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/08.

    To file for your claim, please contact your corresponding Fiduciary Claim Agent (Mr. James David) immediately you get this message for quick and urgent release of your fund.

    Contact information is as follow:

    Mr. James David
    Email: james_david@administrativos.com
    Phone Number: +447031998777

    Endeavour to submit the below information’s as stated below to enable Mr. James David process your winning.

    1. Full Name:…………………………..
    2. Full Address:………………………..
    3. Marital Statue:………………………
    4. Occupation:………………………….
    5. Age:…………………………………
    6. Sex:…………………………………
    7. Nationality:………………………….
    8. Tel. Number:…………………………
    9. Country of Residence…………………

    ***Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program. ***

    Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this Lottery program.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery Promotion
    **Customer Service**

    I was surprised this did not go to “junk e-mail” in the first place, so I had to think about it.

  12. I received a letter on Tuesday July 21/2009 informing me that I had won 500,000 pounds, and just in case sent the info back to James David. I would like to know if this is a scam. And if it is how can they use the names Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. If this is a scam, it needs to be stopped, if not, then it would be nice, but I will not hold my breath.Could you please send me an email at the above address, and let me know if it is a scam. Thanks. Barb Eplett

  13. I received an mail from Microsoft lottery promotion that i have won 500,000 pounds and i was told to send my details to James David but i have tried sending him my details,his email address doesn’t work.What do i do.
    thanks

  14. I still can not understand how anyone could fall for this bunch of cow piles.

    The reason these people are still in operation is the world wide web has allowed countries where the laws are not strict, to have access to people too trusting for their own good who let the instant wealth dreams outweigh the smart part of the brain.

    Nigeria is home to literally rooms full of romeo/juliette / lottery scammers who look for the vulnerable people on line who all should have victem to be for user names.

    There is no way to put it nicely but anyone who would fall for the lottery scam and rush right out to open their wallet thinking they were now rich, …the famous quote fits…”a fool and his money are soon parted”

  15. MICROSOFT SHOULD DEVELOPE A PRODUCT THAT ALL WEB SEARCH AND EMAIL SENDERS MUST HAVE BY LAW TO FILTER AND VALIDATE ALL INFORMATION ON THE WEB THIS IDEA IS FREE BILL

  16. FONDATION INTERNATIONALE BILLGATES
    DIRECTION DE LA PROMOTION DE L’INTERNET ET DU JEUX DIRECTION DE LOTERIE
    LOTERIE INTERNATIONALE BILL GATES

    Now it is question about amount of GBP £800,000.00 and finally after long email discussions between me and claim agent and Midland Bank (midlandbnk@aol.co.uk) they request fees again before wire transfer.

    This is unbelievable ” CONGRATULATION ” request without any responsibility to take care of customer funds if customer is incapable to take care of upfront fees.

    I provided them contact details for our Minister of Finance and Bank Officials for further discussion if they have some financial request before they remit funds.

    >>We have received complained from the paying bank about your refusal to claim your winning prize.
    It is true that you are a beneficiary of a lottery winning of £800,000 but the bank also has the right to ask for charges whatsoever it is required.
    The bank has a restriction not to make any deductions whatsoever from winning prize so as to protect and save the winning from any division and payments to the wrong winner.
    You are hereby required to obey the bank rules as any further delay will amount to cancellation of your winning prize and the second runner up shall be declared and consider and the winner.

    This mail is very important as you are given 72 hours to claim your winning price

    Ones again congratulations

    James >>

    This is all for now, but hope that they would take care of customer´s benefits for reliability of Microsoft and Yahoo organizations and reliability of their service.

    Thank you.

    Congratulation !

  17. Hi,
    I have received the same emails but with different contact persons as follow:
    Richard Williams (richardwilly@live.com
    Anderson Moore (paument department)
    Michael Walker (fiduciary agent assignet)

    messages rec.

    MICROSOFT YAHOO GOOGLE LOTTERY PROMOTION
    North London Business Park (NLBP)
    Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP
    United Kingdom.

    Dear Lucky Winner,

    We happily announce to you the result of the Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery draws held on Saturday 19th of September 2009, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United

    Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies and

    personal e-mail addresses.

    Your e-mail address attached to Ticket number: B9564 7560 with serial number 046560 drew the winning numbers 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32. You have therefore

    been approved to claim a total sum of Ј500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/08.

    To file for your claim, please contact your corresponding Fiduciary Claim Agent (Mr. Michael Walker) immediately you get this message for quick and urgent

    release of your fund.

    Contact information is as follow:

    Mr. Michael Walker
    Email: micwal@super.lt
    Tel: +44-702402162

    Endeavour to submit the below information’s as stated below to enable Mr. Michael Walker process your winning.

    1. Full Name:…………………………..
    2. Full Address:………………………..
    3. Marital Statue:………………………
    4. Age:…………………………………
    5. Sex:…………………………………
    6. Nationality:………………………….
    7. Tel. Number:…………………………
    8. Country of Residence…………………

    ***Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed

    and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program. ***

    Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this Lottery program.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Microsoft, Yahoo and Google Lottery Promotion
    **Customer Service**

    Attention: Winner

    I am Michael Walker, the Fiduciary agent assigned to your winning and I
    wish to congratulate you being one of our lucky winners of the Promotion
    from our new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses
    from the web from which winners are selected.

    The details you sent will help to facilitate the processing of your
    winning which will hasten the release of your money. Below is a drafted
    Application Text and be advice to forward it to the Paying Sponsors;

    Do not hesitate to keep me posted with the position of things when they
    commence with the payment of your winning or at anytime you need my
    assistance whatsoever in ensuring a successful claim.

    Yours truly,

    Michael Walker

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    The Access Bank Uk

    19 Par-La-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, London.

    Email: contactcenter@accessb-on.com

    Number: +447024085633

    I am a lucky winner in the Lottery Promotion with the following winning
    information’s;

    Ticket Number: B9564 7560
    a
    Serial Number: 046560

    Winning Numbers: 6 7 14 16 17 27 Bonus 32

    File Number: EAAL/9080118308/08

    Also send these details below for verification exercise.

    Winners Name;

    Amount Won;

    Home Address;

    Mobile Number:

    I have been directed by Mr. Michael Walker and your prompt response will
    be highly appreciated.

    The Access Bank Uk.
    BCB Building, 19 Pa-la-Ville Road,
    Hamilton HM 11
    P.O. Box HM 1748, Hamilton HM GX
    EMAIL: contactcenter@accessb-on.com
    Phone: +447024085633

    ……………………………………………………………….

    We write to acknowledge the receipt of your mail and also wish to
    congratulate you to have emerged as one of the winners from the Lottery
    Program. Meanwhile, for us to ascertain and to remit your winning prize,
    you will be required to acquaint us with the follow documentation through
    a Practicing Lawyer here in United Kingdom.

    1. Duly signed Letter of Attestation from a Counsel to the British High Court

    2. An Affidavit of Claim from the British High Court Stating your name as
    the True Beneficiary of the Winning.

    3. International Passport, Driver’s License or any other means of
    identifications.

    You can contact our financial attorney as stated below incase you do not
    have any attorney here in the United Kingdom to represent you;

    Name: Esq. Richard Williams
    Email: richardwilly@live.com
    Mobile Number: +44-7024037729

    All legal counsel will be handled by him through his Chambers. Endeavor to
    contact him immediately as time is of essence. As soon as the
    aforementioned documents are presented, we shall be under no obligation to
    withhold your payment.

    Note that your payment can be made directly to your Bank Account or in
    cash if you can made the trip down to United Kingdom but your earliest
    response in getting the aforementioned will enable us do what is necessary
    to release your money.

    We and the entire sponsors of the Lottery Program congratulate you once
    more and we hope to read from you soon.

    Anderson Moore
    Foreign Transfer/Payment Department
    The Access Bank Uk.

  18. Hi,
    Today i receved A sms on my mobile to say that i have won 2.000.000.00 Pound on the mobile lottery,And have to come to the UK to collect this money.
    I live in South Africa Do you think thisis a scam,Sa i am a pentioner and would hate to lose money and go all the way to the UK just to find out that it is a scam.
    Could you please help me with this.
    Many thanks
    Peter

  19. Regretably we are also caught by these silly people. The power of attorney even bears the stamp of Adv. Steven Smith Hooks and Clerk? Are these people for real? Why don’t they just send the R800 000 – now there’s a challange.

  20. salutes I would want to ask an information: have I received a mail with scrito that a sum of dennaro has won from a lottery austrialiana thing I must do her you/he/she can help me? thanks

  21. Do not respond to these scams, nothing is free in life and how did I win if I havent bought a ticket, these devil based individuals will do anything to cheat and lie to people…

  22. i have got e-mail from mr edwards hills,[globalclaims@winning.com] with wining notification signed by dr richard c martin of global claims, that i have won a online mega million jackpot lottery worth 5 million USD, on 1 dec 2009.lottery was told to be held from yahoo e-mails sponsered by microsoft global company owned by mr bill gate. iwas advised to contact
    barrister steve woodgatofuk[woodgatechambers1@live.com]
    has any such draw from yahoo e-mail addresses been carried out 1 dec 2009. please verify.
    thanks..

  23. I received a letter from Yahoo/Hotmail Incorporation stating that I have won half a million British Pounds and the Bank of England will issue a cheque/Draft as soon as I send 250 pound to cover the insurance.
    The contact person is Dr Jack Morgan at the Citybank, London.
    Is this a new scam, or is it an old one that reached me a little late?

  24. sir i recive this e-mail that i have the promotion in your confirm that yahoo and microsoft promotion that i have won the 5,00,000 grear britan pounds. they send me winnig certificate it real or fraud

    plese e-mail me immediately in anushadigital2003@yahoo.com

  25. Hallo.
    I have also received this e- mail: Re: Your Email address has won you an award sum of (GBP820, 000.00), open attac…
    I believe this to be fraudulent and have not replied.
    Who do I sent this to for follow up?

  26. Below is the sample of the emails I have been receiving about this scam. I received about 5 of them in two weeks.

    Microsoft Award Team
    Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
    100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL.
    Tell /Fax:
    Dear Our Esteem Winner,
    We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our winners selected at the First quarter of
    year 2010 Microsoft/Nokia/Aol Online award promotion. Microsoft & AOL in conjunction with Nokia Cell phone are
    currently running a beta test and for this had set out ₤450, 000,000.00GBP for these winners.This promotion was
    set-up to encourage the active users of the Internet Microsoft Windows and use of Global system for mobile (GSM).
    Hence We do believe with your winning prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to the Microsoft
    Windows. We wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the requirements, statutory
    obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report Test conducted for all on line winners.
    A winning check/chegue will be issued in your name by Microsoft Corporation board or the fund transferred to your
    account. You have therefore won the entire sum of £850,500.00 {Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British
    Pounds} with winning lucky number: 14 21 30 39 40 47 31. A certificate of prize claims will be sent to you as soon as
    your claim agent receive your personal details.Therefore, you are mandated to contact your claim agent immediately
    with the below needed information.To file for your claim, please contact your fiduciary Agent immediately.
    Name: Marcel Walker
    Tel/Fax: + 44 703 1749 981
    Email: marcelwalker2@hotmail.com
    COMPLETE THE VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
    Full Names:
    Date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd):
    Gender:
    Occupation :
    Address:
    Country:
    Winning file number/Email :
    Telephone Nos :
    Amount won :
    Any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will result to the cancelation of that particular winning, making a
    loss for both the double claimer and the real winner. You are hereby, strongly advised to keep your winning
    information strictly confidential.
    Note: You have One week from the date of this publication to claim your prize or you may forfeit your winnings.
    Mrs. Vivian Woods.
    Microsoft Promotion Team
    Vice President 3548042-45890-788

  27. Are You crazy???!!! Ivee just receive my money yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 500.000.000 british pouds!!!!!!!! Believe this! Its true miracle!

  28. People just think for a moment. You get notified to send a paltry amount to receive your winnings to cover “insurance”, “covering costs”, administration fees etc etc. Well if that is the necessary method to recover any winnings then the warning lights should go on. If just a 100 people reply with their money included then R250 for instance will give these scam artists an easy R25000. If you are required to go to the UK to receive your winnings then it will cost you more and you may fall prey to being abducted and held for a randsom. Oh yes and these dying wishes of a widow who has sufficient money to supply your needs as well as a charity is just one and the same sort of scam. Please people use your head …. AOL cannot trace an email, neither does Bill Gates want to give away money for testing …WHAT? … Bill Gates has foundations for charity and such like so please do not give out your banking details to anyone asking for it – it is looking for someone to use those details and all your personal details which you willingly supplied – to rob your account. Please your ID can be forged so easily. Arrange for money to be wired to your bank and stop being so naive. It would seem if you are begging to be fleeced of the little money you own as it is.

  29. Hi all,
    I received this email. Anyone received something similar? Is Dell even aware of this?????

    From: Dell Computer Inc
    Date: Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 6:01 PM
    Subject: DELL INC** CONGRATULATION YOU WON***&&
    To:

    Muara Baru Ujung
    Block D1-2. City,
    Indonesia.

    Ref: DL/9820X2/10
    Batch: 084/10/ZY369

    We happily announce to you the draw (#1004)
    of the Dell Computer Lottery Online Sweepstakes
    International program held on the 8th of March
    2010,of which you emerged a winner.You have therefore
    been approved to claim a total sum of $1,000,000.00 USD.

    To file your claims, please contact our agent:

    Mr. Ashok Wong
    Email: dellinc@live.com

    Mrs. Su Chev,
    Online coordinator.

    © 2010 Dell Group Lottery Corporation

  30. Please tell me,

    How long do I have to tolerate all the following bulshit supposed to be originated from Yahoo? Isn’t there anybody responsible to bring those people to Court, for trying to deceiving me into revealing my password which should then be used against my will and without my knowledge to all my contacts for illegal purposes?

    …………………………..
    …………………….

    Final Warning!!!
    From: Yahoo Customer Service Add to Contacts
    To:

    ——————————————————————————–

    We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you. Due to the congestion in all Yahoo! account users, Yahoo! will be shuting down all unused accounts. In order to avoid the deactivation of your account, you will have to confirm your e-mail by filling your Login Info below by clicking the reply button.

    Full name: …………………………………..

    Username: …………………………………..
    Password: …………………………………..
    Date Of Birth: ……………………………….
    Occupation: …………………………………
    Country Of Residence: ……………………

    After you must have followed the instructions on the sheet, your Yahoo! account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thank you for your usual co-operation. We apologize for any inconvinience.

    Yahoo! Customer Care
    Case number: 2641930
    Property: Account Security

    Regards,
    Yahoo! Account Services
    ————————-
    We are really sorry for any inconvinience this might cause you.

    WHT YAHOO CAN’T TAKE LEGAL MEASURES AGAINST THEM AND BRING THEM TO COURT?

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