Submitted by a reader. I wonder if the reader replied to a scam Yahoo/Microsoft email? I must ask her. This email contained my reader’s name and an address and phone number (which I’ve removed).
Please don’t follow this reader’s example and never give the scammers any personal information.
Attn: My blog reader
Dear Prize Winner,
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your mail and to inform you that my duties as your award coordinator includes representing your interest and guiding you through claiming your winning cash prize. We want to clarify that after a good scrutiny of your batch number and reference number, you are one of the lucky Winners of our annual Yahoo! & Windows Live Awards which was sponsored by Microsoft. Your Winning cash prize of £250,000.00 (Two Hundred & Fifty Thousand GB Pounds) is already in our possession and shall be processed upon meeting the requirements stated below.
This programme is organized to make a notable change in the standard of living of people all around the world. It is our belief that we can achieve a great positive change in the use of Internet and Computer through this programme. that is why Yahoo! & Window Live Inc. is doing everything possible to get all Prize Winners notified. This is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal development strategy We wish to inform you that all authorities involved have certified payment of your Claims amounting to £250,000.00 (Two Hundred & Fifty Thousand GB Pounds) which is your prize money from Yahoo! & Windows Live Awards.
I wish to inform you that all authorities involved have certified payment of your Awards Claims amounting to GBP 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand GB Pounds), which is prize money from Yahoo! & Windows Live Awards Center, which was drawn through a computer random system of all Internet users worldwide.
The original copy of your Winning Certificate, and two other documents (1. Money Laundering protection and 2. Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the British Government stating that the money was obtained legally through the Yahoo! & Window Live Awards Programme will be sent to you via courier as soon as you meet with any of the optional requirements listed below. Meanwhile, your winning certificate will be sent to you first via email attachment so as to enable you acknowledge the correct spelling & Arrangement of Your Names. You can now begin the final step of the claims proceedings, by following the award formalities in order to receive your Funds.
Your winning fund will be sent to you through a certified bank Draft/Cheque which will be delivered to you via our Accredited Courier Company (FEDEX). Please note that you can cash your Bank Draft/Cheque from any bank, any where in the world. The Courier Company would bring the documents and award winning Bank Cheuqe/Draft to your postal home address nominated by you as written below (you are allowed to correct or amend your contact information in your next mail):
Name: My Blog Reader
Address: An address in Egypt.
Tel: phone numbers here.
You will be required to send your international passport, driver’s license or ID card, or any picture of yours, to us via email attachment or through Fax: (+44 871 900 3714) as it will be used for a proper identification of you during delivery of your winning documents and Bank draft by the Courier Company.
I expect an immediate response from your end, and also ensure to call me for further clarification within 7:30am – 9:00pm GMT on +447045741802.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions programme.
Mr. Brad Richards
Yahoo! & Windows Live Awards Center
124 Stockport Road,