A Lottery Present From Microsoft

A Lottery Present From Microsoft

Our string of good fortune continues this fine day. We’ve won yet another lottery. This time we’ve been awarded £500.000.00 from the good people at Microsoft.

From: Xxxxx Yyyyy Z [mailto:Yxxxxx@tulane.edu]
Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:14 AM
To: info@lotto.com
Subject: Prize Award Notice:Foward response to this email:terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

Microsoft Award Notification (You’ve won £500,000.00) in our NEW YEAR Promotional programmme tagged “THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO
OUR FINANCIAL SUCCESS”.

Kindly send: terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

* Name,
*Address,
*Age/Sex,
*Telephone.Num,
Via email to : terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

Xxxxx Yyyyy Z

Yet, something doesn’t quite feel right.

Could this be a Fraud?

Let’s investigate.

From: Xxxxx, Yyyyy Z [mailto:yxxxxx@tulane.edu]

We have removed the actual name as the person referenced does exist and is employed at Tulane University. We have no reason to believe that the person named has any connection to or knowledge of this email. The original name appears to be Indian in nature, consistent with current state of outsourcing in the United States, perhaps in hopes of lending credibility, however the email address suggests that the message has its origins at Tulane University. One might suspect that a program of this magnitude might not actually originate from a university in New Orleans, LA.

Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:14 AM
To: info@lotto.com

The website http://www.lotto.com is less than impressive. More curious though is why would an email directed at that site find its way into our in-box.

Subject: Prize Award Notice:Foward response to this email: terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

Here we see a lack of basic language skills. “Notice:Foward” is both odd and misspelled. If one has ever had the misfortune of reading a Microsoft license agreement, one would be aware that there are many people at Microsoft whose sole purpose is to perfect the language used in their documents. If they are willing to invest that effort into an enclosure in a $50 software package, surely they would check the spelling when the sum in question was £500,000.00.

The larger issue is, of course, the email address to which we are to respond. Http://www.tranphu.com appears, on the surface, to be Vietnamese. Its owner, however, lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. We do not easily believe that Microsoft is this diversified.

Microsoft Award Notification (You’ve won £500,000.00) in our NEW YEAR Promotional programmme tagged “THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO OUR FINANCIAL SUCCESS”.

We have many difficulties with this sentence; where to begin? The spelling “programme” seems to indicate a British touch, where none has been previously evident. The enclosure of the phrase “You’ve won £500,000.00” in parentheses, destroys the sentence’s structure, rendering it meaningless, as it removes the only verb.

Lastly “THANKS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO OUR FINANCIAL SUCCESS” seems a touch elaborate for a company which once marketed an operating system simply named Bob.

Whilst one might appreciate the sentiment, it’s unlikely that we’ve contributed enough to Microsoft’s coffers to entice them to part with £500,000.00.

Kindly send: terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

Here the writer merely reiterates the previous email address, in case we’ve forgotten.

* Name,
*Address,
*Age/Sex,
*Telephone.Num,
Via email to : terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com

As is to be expected, we are presented poorly formatted form which we are to fill in and return to someone who we might assume to be a Vietnamese redneck, forgive the colloquialism.

Xxxxx Yyyyy Z

Finally, the message is ubrupty signed by our hijacked university employee, whose name correctly would be signed Yyyyy Z. Xxxxx.

Please, should you receive this award notification, do not fill out the malformed form. Do not “foward” your information to terrymarkdept2011@tranphu.com. Do not bother yxxxxx@tulane.edu, as they have important things to do. No, merely click “Delete”, “Junk”, “Spam” or whatever command is available to you and flush this piece of detritus into the void as this is a Fraud.

Please, do return tomorrow when we shall investigate an alleged inheritance in “THE WILL HAS BEEN EXECUTED” here at HowToSpotAFraud.com.

That is all.



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