MC910216371[1]I was asked today…

I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the claims officer of overseas Winner of the Microsoft National Lottery."

Is this real?

Nope, sorry… See this post at http://spamemailgraveyard.com/2010/04/microsoft-notification.html.

As I noted in my prior post, "Did you win One Million Euros in a Microsoft Lottery? Think again: it's a phishing attempt", a lottery scam is a common phishing scam known as advanced fee fraud. One of the most common forms of advanced fee fraud is a message that claims that you have won a large sum of money, or that a person will pay you a large sum of money for little or no work on your part. The lottery scam often includes references to big companies, such as Microsoft.

In short: there is no Microsoft lottery.

For more information on how to protect yourself from fraudulent emails, please see Microsoft's Anti-Phishing Site, and my posts on Phishing: Don't get caught and FYI: new scams featuring the IRS logo to get your PII.

Other related links and resources…

*Tip from the Microsoft Anti-Phishing site: To see updated examples of popular phishing scams or to report a possible phishing scam, visit the Anti-Phishing Working Group Archive.

Tags: Microsoft, your questions, email, phishing, Security.

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