Microsoft Award Notification / lottery scams
I agree something has to be done...
I personally have never been scammed on this item below. I personally have never been scammed at all. But hear about this issue all the time.
Sorry for this long email. But I feel strong about this issue below.
But I'm certainly getting fed up with the amount of emails I receive from these scams. I know it is easy to just delete it. But why should I have to even receive one in the first place. The more I read other peoples stories I was infuriated about how many people were scammed.
I was mugged and robbed four times in my life. I was nearly killed a couple of times. Talk about bad luck. The police caught two of the four. Which is nice. I'm pretty upset about criminals.
We as civilians in our country can do something about this particular scam.
It is too bad Microsoft doesn't track these people down. Is there any laws to send these people to prison? The prey on naive people, which isn't nice at all.
The more people who complain to the ombudsman of Microsoft and of the consumer ombudsman or the ombudsman of you're country or province/state. For example I live in Canada and we have a consumer ombudsman and provincial ombudsman in each province and for all of the country.
Example; Canadians in the Province of British Columbia thousands of people were complaining to Canada's Ombudsman about a telephone company by the name of Telus. The complaints were about their poor service and long waits for customer service when a customer tried to call in for assistance. Telus was forced to act on building better customer care for their clients.
Another example; seniors were targets of a scam in Canada. The company targeted seniors and said they won $100, 000 dollars and you just have to give me you're credit card number, bank account number or send us a money order for X amount of dollars. Many people complained to the ombudsman and the issue has been tackled.
Ombudsman protect the right of the people when it comes to scams and complaints. In this case this has to do with not only insurance companies, banks, people and Microsoft, it has to do with the people. Us! We are consumers on the internet and sometimes things look so legitimately right people fall for scams. We need to stand up for ourselves. I'm lucky that I worked for a bank and witnessed every scam in the book. I'm now working in Film and love to tell stories on screen. We need to stand up for ourselves and make sure this complaint gets out to our leaders in our home countries and to companies who too get effected. Such as you're personal bank, Microsoft and insurance companies who sometimes fit the bill for scams...
So write a short letter to you're ombudsman and too Microsoft's ombudsman. Let's do this together and catch these jerks. And Maybe the law can increase jail time for these criminals. We need to have heavy laws for these criminals.
Let's do this together. Our voice must be heard. Many innocent people are targets and lose money they really don't have. Let's put a stop to these criminals...
Email I recieved:
Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden
London NW10, United Kingdom.
Batch number: 12/25/0340
Reff number: MSN-L/[protected]
Winning number: YM09788
Microsoft Award Notification
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND POUND(£500, 000.00) for the New Edition 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 facilitate
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 15 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. Terry Martins
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
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 transferred of your funds to your nominated bank account.
1. Full name...
3. Contact Address...
4. Telephone Number...
5. Marital Status...
Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 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.
Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,