Don’t fall for the Microsoft Lottery scam

If you receive an e-mail message that tells you that you have won the Microsoft Lottery or any lottery, delete the message. There is no Microsoft Lottery. There are other lotteries, of course, but if you don’t remember entering them, then the e-mail message is probably a scam.

This type of scam is designed to convince you to send cyber criminals money or to hand over your personal information in advance of receiving your prize. That’s why this scam is sometimes called Advance Fee Fraud.

For more information about Advance Fee Fraud or how Microsoft is working with Western Union and The United States Postal Inspection Service to help you avoid this scam, see Avoid Advance Fee Fraud and other lottery scams.


For more information about other kinds of fraud, see How to reduce the risk of online fraud.

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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 »