***Now Who In The World Would Believe This?***

United States
January 6, 2010 8:45pm CST
I found this ridiculous letter in my spam box, and I can't even imagine who in their right mind would believe such a stupid scam. Are people really this dumb? After all the warnings, scams, phishing, malware, and news stories telling you to be careful on the internet, they still must be getting people to believe this garbage because it's still going around. I just thought I'd bring it here for everyone to see. And for anyone reading this who thinks it might be real, think again, it's NOT! Oh, and by the way, this is not intended to upset anyone from the United Kingdom because it SUPPOSEDLY was sent from there,............I'm sure they get plenty from the USA too! Spam is Spam, no matter where it's sent from! I just wanted everyone here from all "over the world" to see it!! Doesn't this stuff just get disgusting after a while? Microsoft Award Team 20 Craven Park, Harlesden London NW10, United Kingdom. Batch number: 12/25/0340 Ref number: MSN-L/200-26937 Winning number: GQ-88790-D Attention: Lottery Winner, This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND POUND (? 950,000.00) for the New Edition 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE in conjunction with a few other internet providers. YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected. TO RECEIVE AND CLAIM YOUR PAYMENT OF PRIZE You are therefore advised to send the following information to the claims agent(Mr. Andre Bach " microteamboard@live.com " ) to facilitate the remittance of your winning prize to you at once. 1. Full name............ 2. Country.............. 3. Contact Address........ 4. Telephone Number....... 5. Marital Status......... 6. Occupation............. 7. Company.............. 8. Age.................... Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. Congratulations!! once again. Please contact Mr. Bach for all necessary proceeds in receiving your prize. Mr. Andre Bach. (VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER) Email: microteamboard@live.com
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19 responses
@allknowing (85914)
• India
7 Jan 10
You showed some kindness to the senders by reading the mail and copying it here for our perusal. I just delete it the moment I see it. I would advise you to do the same. I get legacies particularly from Africa and even this mail I must have received. Also my anti-virus software Kaspersky places it in my junk folder as it is!
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• United States
7 Jan 10
I receive these at least a couple times a month, and it's been years already. This time I decided to show it to everyone all over the world. It's already been deleted as I copied and pasted it here. This automatically went into my Spam folder, but I always look at what is in there because of fake Paypal and Ebay notices. I send them back to Paypal and Ebay so they can see them.
@allknowing (85914)
• India
7 Jan 10
Opening spam mail could be risky too as it may contain some virus!
• United States
7 Jan 10
It's scanned before I open it.
@PastorP (1173)
• United States
7 Jan 10
, I've gotten something like that. It gets boring after a while. It's rare to hear a new one. This junk usually winds up in my spam folder. Sad to say, there are some people that fall for stuff like this. Woe to the scammer! The Holy Bible says there is a curse that enters into the house of a thief!
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• United States
7 Jan 10
It was in my Spam folder, that's where I found it. I always look in there for fake Ebay and Paypal scams so I can send them back for identification. I get these all the time too so I thought this time I'm going to show everyone from all over the world.
@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 10
hi yes its so blatantly a scam you would think any thinking person who read it would immediately hit the delete button but they claim there are some out there who are that naive and will throw away their hard earned money. They really think they are going to get this nine hundred and fifty thousand pound for nothing. so they will spend that money and thats it. they will not hear another word from this Mr. Andre Bach, even the name Bach should ring a scam scam scam bell. he he he
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• United States
7 Jan 10
HaHa, I was going to ask everyone here if they knew Mr. Andre Bach, I'd like to have a little talk with him, lol! Yes, unfortunately, some people will receive this and be jumping all around thinking they won all this money. I'm sure they'll ask for all your information too, and that's where it all starts. Next thing you know, there savings account will be drained with nothing in it, and all their credit cards will be used. Can't believe people still do this.
• United States
7 Jan 10
That was a waste of your time and mine to read. thanks god I stopped when I read it was a scam. Good for you to know the difference.
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• United States
7 Jan 10
Oh, I didn't even have to read it all, I just took one look at it and new what it was, that's why I thought I'm going to bring it here to show everyone. It's not the first time I've received this, I get them at least a couple times a month for years already, and it's STILL going around. How pathetic. I feel so sorry for the people who actually will believe this when they get it, and I'm sure they will. Many have fallen prey to these scumbags, and I hope someday in the future, they'll be able to get rid of them all.
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jan 10
I've seen similar emails to this on Hotmail (they always tend to be on there and not other emailing mediums for some reason) and if you look closely, the English isn't that great. One bit that convinced me of this was "TO RECEIVE AND CLAIM YOUR PAYMENT OF PRIZE." It's bad English, pure and simple. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. These people sending such emails are scumbags. The email address at the bottom looks dodgy too doesn't it? Do you ever get emails from "people" pretending to be a bank you're not even WITH! Those always make me laugh.
@Janey1966 (24141)
• Carlisle, England
8 Jan 10
I've not looked in my Hotmail email account for a while (as it's not my main email address) but I might take a look in a few hours, see if there are any more "gems" in my inbox! It is great that you share this information though. Education is the key isn't it? If it's too good to be true it generally is...and all lies hehe lol.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 10
Unfortunately Kash some People do believe it and fall for it which is so sad A Friend of mine her Mum believed it and because my Friend's Mum asked her a Question, my Friend got suspicious and asked her what she wanted to know for, so she told her about the Lottery win, my Friend deleted everything and explained to her Mum to never fall for anything like that
• United States
9 Jan 10
Ohhhh nooooo! I'm so glad that lady's daughter knew better! See how scary it is out there for people? I'd be happy if I could save one person with this message from getting scammed, that would mean my job is done, haha. Why oh why do people believe such nonsense, is it just wishful thinking?
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I have gotten several of them...one in particular asks for your ss number..like I would give that to anyone.....they just keep on trying. I did have one of my friends granddaughters fall for a scheme sorta like that....but it had to do with free puppies and paying to ship them to you....so they shipped them to the wrong place...so you have to pay more airfare.....then they get to another wrong place....more airfare and dog food.....some people will try anything!
• United States
7 Jan 10
OMG, are you serious? Didn't anyone try to stop them from doing that? That's terrible. I remember years ago I fell for a stupid craft website thinking I could make money at home. That was the first and last time I ever fell for that garbage and I feel so sorry for people who get stuck believing this. Ever since that happened to me, I'm on the lookout.
• United States
7 Jan 10
I used to work at a bank and our customers would come in with scams like this all of the time. Usually the ederly would be the ones to fall for them. What a shame.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Yes, the elderly do fall for these which aggravates me the most. After all the warnings put out by the news media, they still do it and think it's real. I don't get it, and yes, it is a shame.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Ive gotten several of these and wondered if the sender was crazy or what? There are so many of these type of scams out there its unreal. Ive gotten ones from a window who wants me to be her beneficiary of her estate because she has no children (Yeah right...never even heard of the person) I get the one that says they are an attorney and have been searching for me for months because my long lost relative passed away in another country and Im the only living relative alive (thats interesting I have a huge family....maybe I was adopted and no one told me. LOL Whats really sad is many aren't in their right minds and do fall for this non sense. That's why these type of scams are still out there. All any of us can do is keep letting others know its not real.
@bounce58 (17451)
• Canada
7 Jan 10
Hi Kashmeresmycat. For scammers and the like, these are all a numbers game. The more letters they send out there is bound to be one who would be, as they say, born yesterday, and would be taken in by this. For them to continue doing this, I guess it is still worthwile. And that they still continue to victimize people. I feel sorry for whoever those people are.
• United States
7 Jan 10
I feel sorry for them too, even after all the warnings about how NOT to fall victim, they think it's real and go for it. It's so sad and if this message stops just 1 person from believing it, I'll be happy.
• China
7 Jan 10
the saddest thing about it is that people still fall for these kind of things, i mean you figured this one out but there are surely people out there expecting money from Bill gates, or forwarding mails to save babies, or helping out african princes in dilemma's. i think its good you posted this so many at least 1 person will be saved.
• United States
7 Jan 10
If I could help just one person not to fall prey to these scumbags, I'd be very happy. I get these all the time so I thought I'd show it to the world.
• China
7 Jan 10
Yes, If people wants to get something without paying, they will become stupid.
• United States
7 Jan 10
It's too bad people believe this stuff. Thanks for responding.
• United States
7 Jan 10
I ignore it completely. It is in my spam for a reason, and that is because I want nothing to do with it.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Exactly, and that's where I found it so I thought I'd share for the people who don't know any better and are completely clueless.
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
7 Jan 10
I just wonder how come yahoo and microsoft would come together to organize a lottery when they are big companies and can do it by themselves and I beieve that the HQ of these companies are in the US. Also a managers host email should be the name of the company. When will people stop this act.
• United States
7 Jan 10
These are not from microsoft or yahoo, it's all a scam, and it might not even be from the United Kingdom either. No one can be certain where they actually come from and that's the scary part.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Thankfully I haven't gotten these types of spams in awhile, but it does make you wonder if some people are so gullible to fall for these things. The most hilarious one though, and should win a prize for, was that I was to receive a lot of money...and from whom? Why, the FBI..like huh? Gee nice to think the FBI wants to send me money
• United States
7 Jan 10
I remember reading something about that one!, hahaha! Can you imagine? That's just too funny! Yeh Pye, people are still falling for this because I've received this one for years already, at least a couple times a month. It's such a pain and it must be working because it's still going around after all this time. What a bunch of scumbags.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I always reply with " this is my courtesy to forward your message to FBI, they can use your money in better way"...
• United States
7 Jan 10
Good one Pola!
• China
7 Jan 10
I do not believe this kind of prize information ,either . but the cheat do not think so ,Just like throwing a net to river ,some "fish"know it is dangerous but perhaps a few of them can not identify the scam .So finally ,certain people lose their money .
• United States
7 Jan 10
HaHa, I like the way you put that, throwing a net into the river. Yes, unfortunately, some do fall prey to these people and lose all their money.
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
..thanks for the early warning for the scam.. thanks a lot.. this is a real scam..
• United States
7 Jan 10
Yes it is and it's still going around after many years. That means people are still falling for it so I thought I'd share it with the world this time. I get them at least a couple times a month.
@GardenGerty (116448)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Obviously it attracts a few nibbles or it would not be making the rounds. I think it is funny to share it. I do not know anyone who has fallen for the Lottery thing, but I do know of others who have fallen for other scams online. It hurts my head to even think about them.
• United States
7 Jan 10
Isn't that the truth!!! I think, if I'm not mistaken, about a year or two ago right here on myLot, some guy from China received this, and he was really going to go for it. I did all I could to stop him and I don't know what ever happened to him. He's probably living in a box right now outside because he lost everything. He was all excited but everyone told him NOOOOOOOOooooooooo! It is amazing isn't it.