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#1 nojack

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:26 AM

I got this email today and to an untrained eye it looks legit. I was hoping a kind person here would help me confirm if this is a scam or not.

I'll paste it here. I left off the batch numbers so no one could steal my prize if it turns out legit.

Since i just lost my job, I would love to claim this prize. I was afraid to click anything in case it's a virus.

Can someone please help?

Thank you in advance.

Joe

Msn Award Team
Baley House, Har Road
Sutton, Greater London
SM1 4te United Kingdom.
Batch: 12/25/0340
Ref:MSN-L/200-26937

Hello Winners

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
POUNDS (500,000) for the month of December 2008 Lottery promotion which is
organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS,
collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among
the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people
every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the
winner applying,we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to faciliate the
protocol of your winning prized before the date of Claim,Winners Shall be paid
in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre Prize must be claimed not later
than 14 working days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in
which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be
forfeited.These are your identification numbers:


To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned
to you

Mr. Gordon Pell
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
Email:gordonpell_msl@live.com
TEL:+447045701961

You are therefore advised to send the following information to the claims agent
to facilitate them and in order for them to have access in proceeding with the
transfer of your funds to your nominated bank account.

1. Full name............
2. Country..............
3. Contact Address........
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Marital Status.........
6. Occupation.............
7. Company..............
8. Age....................

Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 14 working days from date of
Draw Notification.Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,

This email is sent by \"Microsoft Secured Mail Servers\" 7.12 Notification.
2008 Microsoft International Lottery Programs.
All Rights Reserved.

Wright, Sarah J
(Operation Manager)

#2 cnm

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:40 AM

It is hard for me to imagine that anyone, however untrained, could regard that as legitimate. You did not include the header information - in most email clients that would be "View header" or "View details".
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#3 snemelk

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 10:55 AM

A known scam!!.. Beware of it!..

If you're unsure, you can always Google part of the e-mail, a characteristical part, like "YAHOO LOTTERY INC", for example...

links:
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link3

Also, nobody will ask you for personal information or bank account details in such a situation...
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#4 nojack

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:07 AM

Thank you kindly, for the reply and the links. I should have known. As soon as I opened the links that you provided, I could see it was a scam.

I appreciate your quick response.




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