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Microsoft Europe Online Lottery / Scam lottery - beware!

1 United States Review updated:

From : mic lottoo <web_mic_lott0015@hotmail.com>
To : Undisclosed-recipients:

Subject: **Congratulations!!! You are a winner**
Date : Tue, Nov 06, 2007

MICROSOFT E- U ONLINE LOTTERY.
The Microsoft Lottery
Lottery Date: November 6 2007

WINNING NOTIFICATION:
Ref.No:919347/881-5
Batch:[protected]TA/04

Dear Lucky Winner, Congratulations as we happily announce to you today that the draw.

Of the MICROSOFT Europe ONLINE LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held in September 2007 in Europe. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: G[protected] with Serial number 493-678 drew the lucky numbers: [ just in case will not disclose #'s ]

The Bonus Ball [02], which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e, matches 3 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of USD 700,000.00 (Seven hundred thousand dollars) credited to file nos KTU/[protected]/03. This is from a total cash prize of USD 700,000.00 (Seven hundred thousand dollars) shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 4 plus bonus.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100 Million Email addresses of unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place once in a year. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our U booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, Your USD 700,000.00 (Seven hundred thousand dollars) would be released to you by any of our payment offices here in Europe. Our Europe agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Be warned ! !.

To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent with the verification form below:
Overseas Claims Unit Fiduciary Agent for MICROSOFT EU PROMOTIONS. Mr. Larry Edward.
Email: directoroffinance002@mail2world.com

KINDLY FILL THE CLAIMS VERIFICATION/PROCESSING FORM BELOW AND SEND IT TO HIM:

FULL NAMES OF BENEFICIARY:....................................
CONTACT ADDRESS:....................................................
CITY/STATE:...............................................................
COUNTRY:...................................................................
NATIONALITY:.............................................................
SEX:.......................AGE:..............................................
MARITAL STATUS: .......................................................
TEL NO: ............................FAX:...................................
E_MAIL ADDRESS:........................................................
NEXT OF KIN: ..............................................................
MONTHLY INCOME: (OPTIONAL)...................................
OCCUPATION: ..............................................................
AMOUNT WON:.............................................................
REFENCE NO:................ BATCH NO: ............................
LUCKY NO:.................. TICKET NO :..............................
SERIAL NO:................... LOTTERY DATE: .....................

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him on the email and telephone numbers stated above. You may wish to establish contact with him via e-mail with the particulars presented above citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter. All Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of the proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary and security measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, BUT CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT DIRECTLY BY E-Mail: directoroffinance002@mail2world.com

Good luck from me and members of staff of the MICROSOFT EU LOTTERY INC.

Yours Faithfully, Mrs. Sandra Mark

Online coordinator for MICROSOFT EU ON-LINE PROMOTIONS.
Sweepstakes International Program.
Copyright © [protected] The Micro Soft EUOnline Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines.

[ Pictures were included of
Mr. Larry Edward & Mrs. Sandra Mark ]

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  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    HI, all

    I have been receiving 3 to 4 mails on a daily basis . one mail which i got it was from microsoft online lottery as my girlfriend has my yahho password told me abt this mail i told her this is fraud . some how she called these guys on a uk number. they again sent her some mails and a forgrd local banks account number. Mail said that i won £ one million. and told me to submit £ 500 as cot fee to that local bank of mine. my girlfriend took money from our joint acc and paid them.I am working in gurgaon india where my monthly salary is somewhere close to £ 500. it feels so bad when it happens with you . only you can understand the pain of getting duped.

  • Te
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Hi, I paid rs 50,000 to online tricksters. NEVER EVER BELIEVE IN IT.

  • Ji
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Dear Winner,

    We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded
    annual final draws of the UNITED KINGDOM international programs. You
    are therefore approved to claim the sum of One Million Pounds Sterling
    with the information Given : REF No: UK/9420X2/68, BATCH No:
    074/05/ZY369. To file for your claim fill the form below and send it
    to our payment parastatal:

    Name: Dr Michael Hills
    Phone Number: +44 701113 1167
    Emails: ukonlineclaimsdept2007@tlen.pl

    PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM

    (1).YOUR NAMES.....................
    (2).CONTACT ADDRESS..............
    (3).TEL/FAX NUMBERS.............
    (4).COUNTRY ...........
    (5).OCCUPATION............

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Caroline bryan
    Co-ordinator (Online Promotion Programme)

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    INTERLOCUTOR ORGANIZATION

    INTERLOCUTOR NOTIFICATION DESK.
    GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
    INTERLOCUTOR INTERNATIONAL
    IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
    (Registration Z720633X).


    INTERLOCUTOR INTERNET SELECTION

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Date: 5/12/2007

    4 4 6 7Winning Numbers!
    Winning no: 4 4 6 7


    CONGRATULATION ,

    This message is sent to you by the Interlocutor internet random
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    promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies
    and Brotherhoods as part of our social responsibility to the citizens in
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    This organization gathers people E-mail addresses through
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    We are contacting you to let you know that during the computer
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    on 5/12/2007 your E-mail address appeared to be one of the 10 chosen
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    Before this money will be transfered to you,you have to tell us how you
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    This message is send to you today so that you will know that what comes
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    Congratulation once more for your unbelievable achievement and try to
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    For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
    confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
    released to you.

    This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
    unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-selected winner or
    unofficial personnel.


    Sincerely,
    DRAGON HILL BOTHERS HOOD



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    the site. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to verify the
    content of the mails sent by the employers/recruiters. Further, you are
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    Please note that timesjobs.com does NOT endorse any requests for money
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  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Duo in online fraud net
    New Delhi, Dec. 4 (PTI): Two call-centre employees were arrested for allegedly duping people by convincing them that they had won an online lottery.

    Prashant and Abhay were arrested after Manoj Kumar Sauguna complained that he had deposited Rs 1.47 lakh in their account after receiving an email that he had won a £1-million online lottery, police said today.

    Although Sauguna deposited the money, he became suspicious after reading reports about email fraud, the police said. They traced Prashant, the account holder, and arrested him and accomplice Abhay.

    The police said the accused told investigators that they worked in call centres in Karol Bagh and Gurgaon. They came in contact with one Chaman Preet Singh and Success Victor, a Nigerian, who allegedly recruited them into the racket.

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Wednesday, December 5, 2007
    2 arrested for online fraud
    TWO CALL centre employees have been arrested for allegedly duping several people of money by sending them fraudulent emails claiming they had won an online lottery, south district police said. The accused, Prashant and Abhay, have allegedly duped more than 10 gullible people. They work in call centres in Karol Bagh and Gurgaon and were friends. Police got on their trail after Manoj Kumar Sauguna, a victim of the fraud, complained that he had deposited about Rs 1.47 lakh in an unknown bank account after receiving an e-mail that stated he had won a million pounds in an online lottery, police said. Sauguna deposited the money but soon became suspicious after reading press reports about rising e-mail fraud, police said. "Sauguna told us he was asked to pay Rs. 2 lakh as processing fees and tax, before the promised award could be transferred to his account. He deposited Rs. 1.47 lakh," said Anil Shukla, DCP (South). Investigations reportedly led the police to the holder of the bank account where..
    To read the complete article click here..
    To read the complete e-paper click here: epaper.hindustantimes.com

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Won online lottery? Beware!

    New Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Two call-centre employees were arrested for allegedly duping people of money by making them believe that they have won online lottery.

    Prashant and Abhay were nabbed after Manoj Kumar Sauguna complained that he had deposited about Rs 1.47 lakh in their account after he got an e-mail that he had won a million pound online lottery, police said today.

    Though Sauguna deposited the money, he became suspicious after reading reports about e-mail fraud, they said.

    After receiving the complaint, Delhi police traced the account holder Prashant and arrested him and his accomplice Abhay.

    Police claimed that the duo, during interrogation, told investigators that they worked in call centres in Karol Bagh and Gurgaon.

    They came in contact with one Chaman Preet Singh and Success Victor, a Nigerian national, who allegedly lured them into e-mail lottery fraud.

    The duo, thereafter, used to allegedly sent emails to unsuspecting people claiming that they had won lottery.

    Police have seized two bank accounts operated by the duo.

    A case of cheating was registered against him, police said adding Rs 70,000 was also recovered from them during the arrest.

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Nigerian Extortion Tactics - Threats to your safety: are they real?

    Both music producer Chris Julian and singer-songwriter Leah Winslett received personal threats from Nigerian scammers, more...

    If you are being threatened by Nigerian scammers, please go HERE immediately.






    What do they want?

    Lottery scam letters are sent out by the thousands and thousands every day. There are only two things the bad guys want: your money and your identity. Your identity is just as important or even more important than any money you send them, and they can get your identity when you open the very first letter if it contains a Trojan horse or spyware; scam letters often do.

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    What will they say to get what they want?

    They will tell you whatever you want to hear. They will tell you whatever they feel you will believe. They will pretend to be lawyers, claims agents, bankers, law enforcement agents, people of high rank in the government, gaming officials, tax collectors, and any other title that will convince you they are good people.

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    When do they ask for personal identification?

    After you answer the first letter, they will write back asking for your personal identification. This is used to steal your identity. They steal your identity by using your personal banking, passport, driver's license, or credit card information to open accounts you don't know about - it doesn't matter if you have bad credit! Felons get jobs using your name. Illegal aliens and drug smugglers could care less about your credit - that will not keep them from getting a driver's license with your name and their picture, faking your birth certificate for a passport in your name with their picture, or anything else they want to do.

    They buy things in your name and do not pay for them. They take out loans in your name and do not pay for them. They commit crimes using your name and leave you holding the bag. Creditors will contact you asking for their money. Police will contact you and may even hold you for questioning to determine if you are telling the truth. Unless you've been interrogated by the police, held for questioning, and spent time in jail while waiting for everything to be sorted out, you simply don't know the real meaning of a nightmare. We work with fraud victims and their Criminal Defense Attorneys, both public and private, on a daily basis and see the damage all the time.

    Identity Theft is a very serious thing and is a life sentence. If you have sent scammers a copy of your passport, birth certificate, identity card, or driver's license; if you have sent them your banking information or your credit card information, or if you have merely been opening their emails - which provides your IP address by receipt, giving them a specific location to send their malware, please go HERE immediately (http://www.fraudaid.com/ID_theft.htm) ! ^ Top



    When do they ask for money?

    They usually ask for money in the second or third letter; sometimes they ask for money in the first letter or the fourth letter.

    Legitimate lotteries, free lotteries (also known as Sweepstakes) never, NEVER ask for money. They do not have to. There are no fees of any kind. If you really win a lottery or Sweepstakes, the only money you owe is the tax you personally pay directly to your government. This tax is never paid through anyone else or by anyone else. This is true in every country.

    They tell you that you must pay money for bank fees, storage, shipping, and a long line of false reasons. Every single reason, every document is false. All documents are counterfeit or forged. There are no fees for insurance. There is no document or charge stating that the "winnings" will not be used for terrorism or illegal purposes. No such document exists. Lottery money is not stored at a security house. Lottery money is not shipped in cash. Lottery money is not sent by courier.

    Lottery money or Sweepstakes (free lottery) money is sent by check using DHL, UPS, or FedEx. The check is from the Lottery Company and has the lottery company name on the check. For instance, if you win the ABC Lottery, the check will say ABC Lottery on it. The address for ABC Lottery will be correct. It will be one that you can verify on your own, without asking the people who wrote the letters. Why does the check come from the lottery company and have the lottery company name on it? Because the lottery or Sweepstakes wants you to make copies of the check. They want you to show it to everyone so that more people will register. This is very important to them. ^ Top



    Is anything in the winning notification letter true?

    NO. Nothing in the winning notification letter is true. All the letters are sent by people in a fraud cell. A cell is a part of a fraud ring that consists of a few members who work under instructions from the fraud ring leader. The fraud cell works from hotel rooms, back rooms ("boiler" rooms) and Internet Cafes.

    If you walk into one of these boiler room, you see a lot of laptop computers and cell phones. Cell phones might be piled on tables or on beds. Each cell phone has a different name taped on the back.

    Actually, two names are written there. One is the name of a scam victim, the other is the name of the character the scammer is playing.

    That is how each criminal knows what to say on the phone because the lies are based on the victim's name written on the tape and the phony name attached to that phone number.

    Each criminal in the fraud cell knows which one of them is corresponding with that particular victim, and knows what part to play. One single criminal in a boiler room can be using as many as 30 different false names and titles. ^ Top



    I have received a check/money order or other drafts and I am supposed to send

    some of the money to ____________.

    DANGER!! DO NOT TOUCH THAT DRAFT! The check or money order you have received is COUNTERFEIT or stolen and you are responsible for the entire amount. You are responsible for any money you spend and any money you send to anyone else. If the bank or check casher is not aware of this crime, then you could be arrested. Also, you owe taxes on the money that you kept. ^ Top



    I wired money by Western Union or Moneygram. Can I get it back?

    No, I am afraid you cannot get your money back. This is true for 3 reasons. (1) Once the funds are sent through Western Union and picked up at the other end, there is no trail to follow. (2) You don't really know where you are sending the money or who is going to pick it up. The funds you wired can be picked up at any Western Union office anywhere in the world, and they can be picked up by anyone who furnishes the specified identification, which is often false. (3) The criminals do not put the money in a savings account. It is spent immediately. The money goes to fund further scam operations, amusement, opening and maintaining drug routes, and funding terrorism. ^ Top



    What if the winning notification refers to a web site?

    Anyone can purchase and register a domain name. A domain is the name of the web site. For instance, fraudaid.com is Fraud-Aid's domain. No background check is made to determine if the person who is purchasing and registering a domain is legitimate because a domain is merely a rented space on the Internet. Nothing more.

    Lottery winning notifications often refer to web sites that are supposed to be a bank, or a security company, or a courier service, or an online lottery web site. Fraud criminals purchase domains by the hundreds. These false web sites appear to be legitimate unless a person is trained to recognize them as false.

    One of the many ways in which fraud criminals trick their victims is to create a false bank web site. They tell the victim that the lottery money has been deposited in the [false] bank in the victim's name. They give the victim a user name and password to look at the "money" in his or her account.

    When the victim looks at the online account he or she will see a balance equal to the promised winnings. If the amount is not equal to the promised winnings, it still shows a very large balance. The truth is that there is no money. Anyone can create a password protected web page in just a few minutes. It is very easy to do. Making the page look like an online bank account is very easy.

    The victim is told that the money cannot be withdrawn unless a large cash deposit is made to "release" the money. The fraud criminal gives the victim the name of a different bank, an account number, an account name, and a bank routing number. Once the victim sends the cash and the cash reaches the fraud criminal's bank account, the money is withdrawn and the account is closed. The criminal then gives the victim many false reasons for why the deposit did not release the money. The victim is told that more money has to be sent for other false reasons. ^ Top

    Can I or my family be physically injured by lottery fraud criminals?

    Yes! You can be physically injured and even killed by lottery fraud criminals. They are very dangerous people. So far, physical injury, kidnapping, and murder have only occurred in West Africa and South Africa. Some people who travel to South Africa to take possession of their [false] winnings have terrible things happen to them. People who travel to West Africa (Nigeria and neighboring countries) have also been beaten, kidnapped, or murdered.

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Scam phone numbers in India (Country code: +91):

    Mrs.Roseline Scapin
    Online Cyber Promotion Information Department
    mrsroselinescapin@spt.co.uk
    =
    Mr. Srinivasa Kumar
    Manager Remittance Department
    Government Accredited Licensed Claim Agent.
    Information and Payment Bureau.
    Asian Representative Office in India.
    FAX: +91 9845281907
    E-mail:- vasakumar1@yahoo.pl
    =
    (fake lottery scam)



    MR & MRS MARIA CLIFF [ C.E.O]
    ANGLO SWISS HOTEL U.K
    TEL. +447031918656
    ANGLO SWISS HOTEL LONDON
    NO: 16 Gervis Road East Cliff Bournemouth
    Dorset BH1 3EQ London.
    =
    UK,CONSULATE INDIA
    00919867285367,
    email ukdeputyhighcommission@gmail.com
    NAME Mr MICKY DOUGLAS
    =
    (fake job scam)



    Parcels
    ScarLet Courier LTD
    ADDRESS OF HEAD OFFICE:Link Place, BRIGHTON,
    Sussex, BN1 7DX,ENGLAND
    Tel: +44 70111 28626
    Scarlet Couriers
    scarletcourierdelliiverydeptt@yahoo.co.uk
    =
    CONTACT NAME: Micheal Robert
    PHONE: +919819060830
    EMAIL micheal_robertconsult@hotmail.com
    =
    ("diplomatic delivery" scam)

    =
    (fake lottery scam)



    smartino2ky@hotmail.com
    SMART
    +919910601366
    +919873889518
    =
    Received: from 69.44.123.7 with HTTP; Mon, 08 Jan 2007 14:01:48 GMT
    X-Originating-IP: [125.23.54.6]
    X-Originating-Email: [smartino2ky@hotmail.com]
    =
    (diplomatic delivery scams)


    SHOP INDIA IMPEX (P) LTD., Level III;
    7/1, Ushaganj; Chhawani INDORE - 452001 (MP) INDIA,
    info@shopindiaimpex.net
    =
    (check fraud / representative scam)



    Ukachukwu Iroka
    from UMUHIA
    uka_iroka@yahoo.com
    00919873115924 or 9910453021
    =
    guyman in India / Bangla Desh
    ("diplomat" scams / "wash wash")


    IFEANYI.+919873386275
    cash.money_brothers@yahoo.com


    Dr. Ashok Hooli
    Managing Director,
    Ashok Pharmaceuticals.
    Personal Email: ashok_pharmacy@walla.com
    Website: http://business.vsnl.com/ashokpharma
    Address: 41, Ormes Road,
    Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamilnadu 600010
    India
    choi_kyu_china@sympatico.ca
    ashok_pharmacy@zwallet.com
    =
    (check fraud / representative scam)
    (the real company has no connection to the scam)


    ASAM MITCHEL,
    OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR-GENERAL,
    00 91 9873320288.
    mailto:nigeria_payunit_india@yahoo.com

  • Su
      6th of Dec, 2007
    0 Votes

    Saturday, August 18, 2007
    Online Lottery Scam Can Ruin Your Life

    Christina, a struggling mother of four, couldn't believe her luck when she got a letter in the mail saying she won a lottery in Australia. "I have four children and I was living with my mother, and I was like, 'Wow. I can put a down payment on a house. I can pay a lot of my bills," Christina says.

    The letter said Christina had just three weeks to claim her $50,000—all she had to do was pay the taxes, and the remainder of her winnings would be sent to her. Three days later, Christina received two checks in the mail for a total of a little less than $8,000. "[One was for] federal fees and one was for state fees," she says.

    Because she was skeptical, Christina says she did some legwork to try to make sure the checks were legitimate. She called the Better Business Bureau and learned that a company referenced in the documents—a firm that deals with unclaimed funds—was an actual business. Christina says she tried to verify the checks' authenticity by calling the phone number written on them and pretending to be a bank official who wanted to confirm the routing and account numbers. The person who answered the phone said the information was correct. Christina also had a friend look on the Internet to check the bank's address.

    After doing everything she could think of to find out if the checks were genuine, Christina finally went to the bank. She says the bank cashed the checks for her right away—no questions asked—and the people there even congratulated her. "They put the money in my hands. I was like, 'I really actually truly did win the lottery,'" Christina says.

    Reality sets in.

    Following the instructions given to her by the people who sent her the letter, Christina wired the money she received from the checks to New York. She thought she was paying taxes on her lottery winnings. Then, Christina got a third check in the mail. "They said they did not send enough for the federal fees the first time, and once I sent that, I would have my money," Christina says.

    So, Christina took another trip to the bank to cash the third check, but there was a problem. "[The bank] said, 'Oh no, the first check came back. It's counterfeit,'" Christina says. "I thought I did my homework. I thought I was very thorough, and they said I'm responsible for the money."

    Instead of reaping $50,000 in lottery winnings, Christina ended up being scammed out of nearly $8,000—even though she says she tried to protect herself. "She did all the right things. The fact of the matter is that these are professional con men who do this."

    Red flags on Christina's checks.

    By examining Christina's documents closely, there are several red flags—starting with the grammar of the letter. "This is allegedly an Australian lottery, yet read it—this [is] scammer grammar. Australians know the English language better than this. There are misspellings. There's improper grammar use."

    The fact that the scammers asked Christina—who lives in Alabama—to mail her supposed tax money to New York is another hint that something is wrong. "When you pay your taxes, you're paying it to the regional office, probably in Atlanta."

    Even the phone number that Christina called to verify the check's authenticity—which she found on the check itself—is part of the scam. "These scams operate on a sense of urgency. It's like, 'You won $1 million. How come you haven't claimed your prize yet? Time's running out! Here is the number to call.' It's a boiler room. She dials a toll-free number. It could be set up anywhere."

    Christina's bank cashed the checks so quickly, because federal mandates require that banks make the funds available within one to five days. But that does not necessarily mean that the bank had actually gotten any money. "You have to hear that the funds have been collected. That will take two weeks. That means the … bank has gotten those funds from the check issuer."

  • Ya
      13th of Jun, 2008
    0 Votes

    Yahoo/Msn Lottery Incorporation
    Baley House, Har, Road Sutton,
    Greater London SM1 4te
    United Kingdom.

    This is to inform you that you have won a prize
    money of Five hundred
    thousand, Great Britain Pound Sterlings
    (£500, 000.00) for the month of

    JUNE 2008 Lottery promotion which is
    organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY
    INC & WINDOWS LIVE.

    You are to contact the events manager on or
    before your date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with
    his/her Settlement Centre.

    These are your identification numbers:
    Batch number...YM 09102XN
    Reff number...YM35447XN
    Winning number...YM09788

    How ever you will have to fill and submit this
    form to the events manager for verification & direction on how you can claim your winning
    fund.

    1. Full name...
    2. Contact Address...
    3. Age...
    4. Telephone Number...
    5. Marital Status...
    6. Sex...
    7. Next Of Kin...
    8. Zip Code...
    9. Occupation...
    10. Company...
    11.State:...
    12.Country... ...
    13.Nationality...
    14. Your Reference and Batch number at the
    top of this mail:

    (CONTACT EVENTS MANAGER)
    Name:Dicson Raffles
    Email:info_msnclaimsagent01@yahoo.co.uk
    Thank you and Accept my hearty
    congratulations once again!

    Yours faithfully,
    Mrs.Gloria Bent
    (Lottery Coordinator).

  • Sh
      30th of Jun, 2009
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    Sir. please gave me a knowledge about my lottery on my mobile no.97805-73863 . I shall be very thankful to you for this act of kindness. Your's sincerely. Shaminder Singh Brar

  • Ta
      6th of Jul, 2012
    0 Votes

    Microsoft Spain Online Lottery
    Winning Notification
    Ref.No:919347/749-0
    Batch:3566465021-0TA/06

    Dear Lucky Winner,
    Congratulations as we happily announce to you today the draw of MICROSOFT online Sweepstakes International program held on 17th Of June 2012 in Spain. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: G276017-487 with Serial number 493-678 that drew the lucky numbers:[ 7-28-87-65-69-73 ].

    The Bonus Ball [02], which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e, matches 3 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Ђ2, 500, 000 (Two Million, five hundred thousand Euros) credited to file number KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of Ђ2, 500, 000 (Two Million, five hundred thousand euros) shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 4 plus bonus.
    All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100 Million Email addresses of unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place once in a year. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our U booklet representative office in Spain as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, Your Ђ2, 500, 000(Two Million, five hundred thousand Euros) would be released to you by any of our payment offices here in Spain. Our madrid agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Be warn

    To file for your claim, please contact our Fiduciary claims agent with the verification form below:


    Dr. Frank McAndrous.
    Tel: 0034632289966.
    Email: micro-game2012@europe.com


    KINDLY FILL THE CLAIMS VERIFICATION/PROCESSING FORM BELOW AND SEND IT TO HIM:
    =====================================================
    FULL NAMES OF BENEFICIARY:...
    CONTACT ADDRESS:...
    CITY/STATE:...
    COUNTRY:...
    NATIONALITY:...
    SEX:...
    AGE:...
    MARITAL STATUS:...
    TEL NO:...
    FAX:...
    E_MAIL ADDRESS:...
    NEXT OF KIN: ...
    OCCUPATION: ...
    AMOUNT WON:...
    REFENCE NO:...
    BATCH NO:...
    LUCKY NO:...
    TICKET NO :...
    SERIAL NO:...
    LOTTERY DATE:...
    =======================================================
    Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him on the email and telephone numbers stated above. You may wish to establish contact with him via e-mail with the particulars presented above stating the batch and reference numbers to this letter. All Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of the proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary and security measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.


    Yours Faithfully,
    Mrs. Sandra Mark
    Email; micro-game2012@europe.com
    Online coordinator for MICROSOFT SPAIN ON-LINE PROMOTIONS.
    Sweepstakes International Program.
    Copyright © 1994-2012 The Micro Soft Spain Online Lottery Inc.
    All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines.
    2012 Microsoft Lucky Winner.

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