Fraud alert: Prize scams

John writes: 

I received an email that said that I won a prize from Microsoft and I am concerned that others may fall for this scam. Can’t anything be done about these types of scams?

The Microsoft Lottery scam is a fraudulent email that claims that you have won a lottery, a prize, a sweepstakes, or another kind of award. The goal of this phishing scam is to convince you to send money to claim your award or to turn over personal information.

Learn more about scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently.

There is no Microsoft Lottery. If you receive an email like this, you can delete it or you can report it.

How to report an email scam

You can use Microsoft tools to report a suspected scam.

  • Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon and then point to Safety. Then click Report Unsafe Website and use the web page that is displayed to report the website.
  • Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click the check box next to the message in your Hotmail inbox. Click Mark as and then point to Phishing scam.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook. Attach the suspicious email message to a new email message and forward it toreportphishing@antiphishing.org. To learn how to attach an email message to an email message, see Attach a file or other item to an email message.

You can also download the Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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4 comments
  1. Anonymous

    ON JUNE 12 I GOT AN EMAIL ,I WON YAHOO, MSN, LOTTERY….. MY EMAIL IS RNRNANA@HOTMAIL.COM AND dwbceb4@yahoo.com . i never herd hmmm another scambacjavascript:WebForm_DoPostBackWithOptions(new%20WebForm_PostBackOptions("ctl00$content$ctl00$w_49824$_b43d85$ctl00$ctl00$ctl00$ctl05$bpCommentForm$ctl05$btnSubmit",%20"",%20true,%20"BlogPostCommentForm-ctl00_content_ctl00_w_49824__b43d85_ctl00_ctl00",%20"",%20false,%20true))k

  2. Anonymous

    My wife and I are both hotmail users. She has recently opened an e-mail which was purportedly sent by her close friend in america as a private message. when opened, this has frozen her account and caused no end of worry, as it shows that her account has been 'hacked'. We are very worried as we have numerous personal details in this account. Why hasn't the hotmail security prevented this.

  3. Anonymous

    Read carefully the next to last sentence in your message below (third paragraph), then correct your Website by deleting the final word:

    The Microsoft Lottery scam is a fraudulent email that claims that you have won a lottery, a prize, a sweepstakes, or another kind of award. The goal of this phishing scam is to convince you to send money to claim your award or to turn over personal information.

    Learn more about scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently.

    There is no Microsoft Lottery scam. If you receive an email like this, you can delete it or you can report it.

  4. Anonymous

    G’day  can we report a scam to you , people ring us and they ask do we have windows software they want to take   over the computer, sell stuff, it’s obviously fraudulent and it will give Microsoft a very bad name and do damage to your worldwide Brand and your  windows clients, they ring from a number in Sydney probably masked , but it’s  02 8014 7459 if you can advise receipt of this that’d be great thanks Ryan

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