I recently encountered a hilarious scam email. It’s an update to an older scam I remember from years ago; supposedly some kind of notification that you won a prize drawing in the U.K., sponsored by “the prestigious Microsoft and AOL”. The sender’s return address? Is a gmail account. They aren’t even trying, are they?

Lengthy scam mail behind the cut. Strap in for a real LOL-ercoaster ride.

> From: rosewebb221@gmail.com
> Subject: PROMOTION AWARD WINNER
> Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 10:55:02 -0500
>
> MICROSOFT PROMOTION AWARD TEAM
> 20 Craven Park, Harlesden
> London NW10,United Kingdom
> Ref: BTD/968/08
> Batch: 409978E
>
> Dear Lucky Winner,
>
> WINNING NOTIFICATION
>
> The prestigious Microsoft and AOL has set
> and successfully organised a Sweepstakes
> marking the Annualanniversary we rolled out
> over £500.000(Five Hundred Thousand Great
> Britain Poundsfor our annual year Anniversary
> Draws.
>
> Participants for the draws were randomly
> selected and drawn from a wide range of
> web hosts which we enjoy their patronage.
> The selection was made through a computer
> draw system attaching personalised email
> addresses to ticket numbers.Microsoft and
> AOL are now the largest Internet companies
> and in an effort to make sure that Internet
> Explorer remains the most widely used program,
>
> Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta
> test.Your email address as indicated was drawn
> and attached to ticket number 080775787555
> with serial numbers BTD/0257903122/07 and
> drew the lucky numbers 04-06-09-90-09-22
> (07) which subsequently won you £500.000
> (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain
> Pounds) as one of the jackpot winners in
> this draw.You have therefore won the
> entire winning sum of £500.000.00 (Five
> Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).
>
> The draws registered as Draw number one
> was conducted in Brockley,London United
> Kingdom on the month of MAY 2009.
> These Draws are commemorative and as such
> special.Please be informed by this
> winning notification to Contact your
> fiduciary agent Mr.Lester Gold, with
> the information listed below.Mr. Lester Gold
> Microsoft Promotion Award Team
> Head Winning Claims Dept.
>
> Email:lesgold02@gmail.com OR micro_team01@upmail.us
> Tel: +44 7045785875
>
> Ref Num:
> Batch Number:
> Ticket Number :
> Serial Numbers:
> Lucky Numbers:
> Amount Won:
>
> 1. Full Names:
> 2. Home Address:
> 3. Age:
> 4. Sex:
> 5. Marital Status:
> 6. Occupation:
> 7. Phone numbers:
> 8. Country:
>
> Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill
> Gates and his associates. We wish you the
> best of luck.Thank you for being part of
> our promotional award program and
> commemorative Anniversary Draws.Sincerely,
> Mrs. Rose Webb
> Head Customer Care Service
> Microsoft Promotion Award Team
> rosewebb221@gmail.com
>

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