Scam Emails and a bit of baiting


Published / by Dave McDave / 6 Comments on MICROSOFT MICROSOFT AWARD 2017

WARNING: These are scams. They are Emails sent to a honeytrap address only ever used for this purpose. Do not reply to these people, they will try to con you into paying out money in return for nothing.

CAVEAT: Please note that some of these Emails may be impersonating a genuine company or person. We wish to make it clear that any such name mentioned within these Emails has no connection to the scam. For the sake of searching, we leave these messages untouched, but we will respond to any concerns left in our comments.

From: "MICROSOFT"<[email protected]>
Reply: <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:17:20 -0800

Attention E-mail Prize Winner,
We wish to congratulate you for being one of the selected E-mail
Kindly view the enclosed annex/attachment for the MICROSOFT WINNING
A lot of Microsoft Winners do ignore to open the attached file to see
their winning letter due to fear of virus thereby
losing the opportunity to receive their award,
But Microsoft urges you to open it and claim your prize. MICROSOFT
values your right to privacy.
Your information is 100% secured and will be used exclusively for the
purpose of this Award Prize Claim only.
If this Notification Email Letter hits your Junk/Spam folder,
simply move the email from your Spam/Junk folder to your inbox for
better viewing and easy accessibility.
Congratulations on behalf of Staffs and Members of Microsoft GB Board
Michel Van Der Bel
Microsoft GB Managing Director
Piense antes de imprimir. Ahorrar papel es cuidar el medio ambiente.
Ley 14472 —

This particular Email omitted the attachment but the reproduced document has been retrieved from another mailing.


    1. Its a scam. Do not reply to these people!

      In fact, this one looks like an attempt to get you to open an infected file. My copy had no attachment so I can not confirm this, but we advise against opening any unsolicited file that has come via Email.

      1. sir I too got a mail saying
        That I claimed a cash prize on my phone no. From Microsoft company uk

        It has been sent that a person named
        James Desmond is the consultant for claiming the cash prize
        And also his email I’d is given as
        [email protected]

        Is it real or fake Pls inform me

        1. FAKE

          Ask yourself: Did you claim a prize on your phone? Did you give them an Email address to contact you? Do you really believe Microsoft give away large sums of money to random strangers for no reason?

  1. Sir , i to got a message frm Microsoft uk of winning a lottery of 800000 British pounds . They referenced me to a lawfirm . This law firm is asking for 670 pounds to proceed the legal process .
    Sir , if youcan help me as you have got the same email that if this is a fake or you got ur reward .

    1. Our website publishes emails sent to email addresses that have only ever been used for scams. There is no legitimate reason for a genuine email to appear. If you find your email on this site, you can be pretty sure it is a scam.

      Also ask yourself this. Have you actually entered a Microsoft lottery? No genuine lottery would ask you to pay a fee before you get your prize. Look at the attached letter I have copied to this page. Do you think Microsoft would produce such an awful looking design?
      Based on what you have told us, we would advise you to stop all further correspondence. You will lose £670. I’m sorry there is no prize!

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