caution

A student received this message today that he had won five hundred thousand dollars. After a round of congratulations and requests to share the money from fellow students, we took a closer look at the email. Despite claiming to be from Microsoft, the individual writing the message had a Yahoo email. We conducted a web search for the Microsoft Awards team and found this forum with similar messages. This site also breaks down the message and highlights the clues that reveal it to be a fake..

Unfortunately the prize turned out to be untrue for the student. Be careful about responding to messages that claim you have won something, especially if it requests personal information like the message below. I have removed the names and contact details.

Dear Winner,

The prestigious Microsoft and aol has set out and sucessfully
organised a Sweepstakes marking the end of year 2007, we
rolled out over $ 5,000.000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for the Anniversary
Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected
and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which we enjoy their
patronage.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to Ticket
number 676/07 with serial numbers MCS/777/854/532/07 and drew
the Lucky numbers (14-21-29-39-43-47-90) which subsequently won
you $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as one
of the 10 jackpot winners in this draw. You have therefore won the
entire winning sum of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United
StatesDollars).

Dr. ————–,
Fiduciary Agent,
Microsoft Award Team,
Microsoft Corporation.
Email: ————-@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: +———-

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

1. Full Name:………………………..
2. Address:…………………………..
3. Age/Sex:………………………….
4. Occupation:………………………
5. Country of Residence:…………
6. Telephone Number:…………….
8. Batch Number:…………………..
9. Amount Won:…………………….
10. Reference Number:……………

Thank you for being part of this promotional award program. Our special
thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates and his Associates. We wish you the
best of luck as you spend your good fortune. Thank you for being part
of our commemorative end of year 2007 draws.

Sincerely,
Dr. ————–,
Microsoft Award Promotion Team.

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