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Fraud alert: Election scams

Fraud alert: Election scams

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Cybercriminals are nothing if not timely. Whatever’s in the news, you can expect to see a phishing scam to follow.

Since it's election season in the United States, we’ve started to spot scams that attempt to lure unsuspecting voters into fraudulent transactions. The Better Business Bureau warns consumers of text messages and social media postings that claim (among other things) that President Obama will pay your utility bill. They say you only need to provide your social security number.  

Don’t do it.

We agree with the Better Business Bureau that you should never provide your social security number, banking information, or credit card number over the phone. The same goes for offering this information over email, in a text message, or on a social networking site. If you want to donate to a political campaign, learn how to avoid donation scams.

Get more tips on how to recognize and avoid scam emails and websites.  Also, learn how to help protect yourself from phishing scams.

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  • I just received this notice from Microsoft I know its a scam so here it is

    MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM,

    MICR0SOFT SOUTH AFRICA (SANDTON CITY) 111

    NELSON MANDELA ROAD, SANDTION, JOHANNESBURG,

    SOUTH AFRICA.

    Batch: 78536MT

    Dear,

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the Microsoft International programs held on last month Your email address as indicated was drawn

    and attached to ticket number 00873282727499 with Serial numbers MDB/002 0869958/09 and drew the Lucky winning numbers 19-45-87-36-

    76-38(77), which subsequently won you the lottery in your category. You have therefore been approved to Claim a total sum of

    US$2,000,000.00{TWO MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY} in cash credited to file REF NO. : MDB/929/09. This is from a total cash prize of

    US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY) All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Web site through

    computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 email addresses of companies and Individuals. Our agent will immediately commence

    the process to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as you contact him. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice

    and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited Claim agent, for the Processing of your prize awards winning and payment

    to your designated bank account after all statutory Obligations have been concluded satisfactorily.

    To file for your claim, Please Contact your fiduciary agent:

    NAME: BARRISTER FRANKLIN EDWARD

    PHONE: +27-73-639-4004

    E-MAIL: franklinedward@superposta.com

    : franklinedward50@rocketmail.com

    You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:

    1. Your full names……………………………………………………………………………..

    2. Sex………………………………………………………………………………………��……..

    3. Your address……………………………………………………………………………......

    4. Your country………………………………………………………………………………….

    5. Nationality……………………………………………………………………………………..

    6. Your fax………………………………………………………………………………………….

    7. Home phone number………………………………………………………………………

    8. Mobile phone number…………………………………………………………………….

    9. Occupation………………………………………………………………………………………

    10. Your age……………………………………………………………………………………….

    11. Your ref: number…………………………………………………………………................

    12. Your lucky winning number…………………………………………………...................

    13. Serial numbers………………………………………………………………………………….

    For the purpose of confidentiality, be advised not to disclose your winning details to the public until your claim has been processed and your

    prize money remitted to your designated bank account. This is part of precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program

    by some social miscreants.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Elizabeth Henning (Microsoft Promotion director)

    ©2012 Microsoft Corporation

  • Got the same identical letter. Them dumbosses.

  • just got the same mail awhile ago, with identical content from Microsoft, and its a SCAM

  • Got the same letter.

  • I received a labour offer from Oksana Mandrik and her barrister Sacks Russell. Both of them are scams.

  • I was surprised I got the same email just now. But when I checked the attachment, the microsoft logo wasn't even proportionate. Then I was like "what the?!? I didn't even know I joined the damn contest!!" Scambags!

  • MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM,

    MICR0SOFT SOUTH AFRICA (SANDTON CITY) 111

    NELSON MANDELA ROAD, SANDTION, JOHANNESBURG,

    SOUTH AFRICA.

    Batch: 78536MT

    Dear,

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the Microsoft International programs held on last month Your email address as indicated was drawn

    and attached to ticket number 00873282727499 with Serial numbers MDB/002 0869958/09 and drew the Lucky winning numbers 19-45-87-36-

    76-38(77), which subsequently won you the lottery in your category. You have therefore been approved to Claim a total sum of

    US$2,000,000.00{TWO MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY} in cash credited to file REF NO. : MDB/929/09. This is from a total cash prize of

    US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY) All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Web site through

    computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 email addresses of companies and Individuals. Our agent will immediately commence

    the process to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as you contact him. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice

    and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited Claim agent, for the Processing of your prize awards winning and payment

    to your designated bank account after all statutory Obligations have been concluded satisfactorily.

    To file for your claim, Please Contact your fiduciary agent:

    NAME: BARRISTER FRANKLIN EDWARD

    PHONE: +27-73-639-4004

    E-MAIL: franklinedward@superposta.com

    You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:

    1. Your full names……………………………………………………………………………..

    2. Sex………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    3. Your address……………………………………………………………………………......

    4. Your country………………………………………………………………………………….

    5. Nationality……………………………………………………………………………………..

    6. Your fax………………………………………………………………………………………….

    7. Home phone number………………………………………………………………………

    8. Mobile phone number…………………………………………………………………….

    9. Occupation………………………………………………………………………………………

    10. Your age……………………………………………………………………………………….

    11. Your ref: number…………………………………………………………………................

    12. Your lucky winning number…………………………………………………...................

    13. Serial numbers………………………………………………………………………………….

    For the purpose of confidentiality, be advised not to disclose your winning details to the public until your claim has been processed and your

    prize money remitted to your designated bank account. This is part of precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program

    by some social miscreants.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Elizabeth Henning (Microsoft Promotion director)

    ©2012 Microsoft Corporation

  • I was received the same letter one week ago

    MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM,

    MICR0SOFT SOUTH AFRICA (SANDTON CITY) 111

    NELSON MANDELA ROAD, SANDTION, JOHANNESBURG,

    SOUTH AFRICA.

    Batch: 78536MT

    Dear,

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the Microsoft International programs held on last month Your email address as indicated was drawn

    and attached to ticket number 00873282727499 with Serial numbers MDB/002 0869958/09 and drew the Lucky winning numbers 19-45-87-36-

    76-38(77), which subsequently won you the lottery in your category. You have therefore been approved to Claim a total sum of

    US$2,000,000.00{TWO MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY} in cash credited to file REF NO. : MDB/929/09. This is from a total cash prize of

    US$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR ONLY) All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Web site through

    computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 email addresses of companies and Individuals. Our agent will immediately commence

    the process to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as you contact him. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice

    and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited Claim agent, for the Processing of your prize awards winning and payment

    to your designated bank account after all statutory Obligations have been concluded satisfactorily.

    To file for your claim, Please Contact your fiduciary agent:

    NAME: BARRISTER FRANKLIN EDWARD

    PHONE: +27-73-639-4004

    E-MAIL: franklinedward@superposta.com

    You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications:

    1. Your full names……………………………………………………………………………..

    2. Sex………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    3. Your address……………………………………………………………………………......

    4. Your country………………………………………………………………………………….

    5. Nationality……………………………………………………………………………………..

    6. Your fax………………………………………………………………………………………….

    7. Home phone number………………………………………………………………………

    8. Mobile phone number…��……………………………………………………………….

    9. Occupation………………………………………………………………………………………

    10. Your age……………………………………………………………………………………….

    11. Your ref: number…………………………………………………………………................

    12. Your lucky winning number…………………………………………………...................

    13. Serial numbers………………………………………………………………………………….

    For the purpose of confidentiality, be advised not to disclose your winning details to the public until your claim has been processed and your

    prize money remitted to your designated bank account. This is part of precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program

    by some social miscreants.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Elizabeth Henning (Microsoft Promotion director)

    ©2012 Microsoft Corporation

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