Below is an award letter claiming to be from Microsoft but in fact is just a scam designed to steal your identity.
Scam Email is shown below:
We are pleased to inform you that as a result of our recent lottery draws held this Year 2010 and this is your Microsoft Award Letter. Your Name and Email address attached to BATCH NUMBER; and REF NUMBER; which consequently won 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$****
Note: ALL participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Companies and 30,000,000 individual Names, email addresses from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Multi Choice, Echina site and other corporate organizations.
This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
We look forward to your active participant in our next year US$50 Million slot. Having received the Microsoft Award Letter, you are requested to contact our office below to assist you with your winning and subsequent payments. All winning must be claimed not later than two weeks after the date of this notice. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of addresses do inform our paying bank as soon as possible. Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
NOTE; YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Mr. Raymond Johnson
FOR FURTHER CONTACTS ON PAYMENT
NOTE: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FILL THE FORM BELOW FOR NOTIFICATION OF YOUR PAYMENT AND ALSO SEND IT TO THE PAYMENT BANK TOGETHER WITH A SCANNED COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE IMMEDIATELY (VIA EMAIL ATTACHMENT), FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT, SO THAT THE PROCEEDS OF THIS TRANSACTION CAN BE CARRIED OUT IN THE NEXT 14 OFFICIAL WORKING DAYS.
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MICROSOFT AWARD LETTER
Do not respond to this email if you receive one, it is a complete scam and I post it to make you aware only.