We begin the week with a fake “Microsoft Official Promotion” scam which attempts to convince recipients that they’ve won £450,000.
They’re also apparently so desperate to have potential victims reply that they’ve attached the same PDF claim form to fill in three times:
The email reads as follows:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON £450,000.00 GBP (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling)
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 2014/2015 organized by Microsoft, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.S.P) held this 2015,in the Microsoft Head Quarters London United Kingdom, where 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 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) Our winners are arranged into four categories with different winning prizes accordingly in each category.
They are arranged in this format below:As a former Microsoft MVP, I received a lot of emails from MS and I can tell you that I never saw one using three exclamation marks in the subject line! Eventually the scammers mention what personal information they’re looking for: