I got the following message today from Dr (Mrs.) Mariam Andrew, congratulating me for winning the sum of 1,550,952.00 GBP from Microsoft Online Promo Mega Jackpot Lottery Awards programme. And I have to submit just my personal information. Interestingly, I've never participated in any Lottery Programme.
Beware of following CONGRATULATION message that can hit your inbox also or might be already there in your spam box. This is clearly an effort to steal your private information. Don't respond at all to the mail coming from firstname.lastname@example.org and asking you to contact Kenneth David for claiming your prize
From: "email@example.com" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Fri, December 3, 2010 6:44:22 AM
Subject: WINNING INFO!
We are delighted to inform you that you have won the sum of 1,550,952.00 GBP from Microsoft Online Promo Mega Jackpot Lottery Awards programme. MICROSOFT! Collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Live and Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Five people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. Microsoft Prize Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
For Claims Send Email To Claims Agent: Kenneth David OR Call: +44 70457 69462. Your Payment No -NK115G...Lucky No - 05
FULL NAME AND HOME ADDRESS:.............
Dr (Mrs.) Mariam Andrew
On line co-ordinator.
Too good to be true, isn't it...?? You might heard a proverb "Free cheese in the rat's trap only".