For several years scammers have called computer owners, claiming to be from Microsoft, telling them that there was something wrong with their computers and offering to fix the “problem” remotely.
Now, scammers are sending emails claiming to be the Microsoft Lottery, Annual Lottery Promotions, Nokia Lumia Smartphone Promotions, or March 2015 Lottery Promotions. You are informed that you have won $500,000 (or some large amount of money). To claim your “winnings” you are asked to pay for some sort of costs such as taxes, courier services, attorney fees, or other fees. The scammers will ask for your bank account information for a wire transfer of funds.
This offer has the classic signature of a scam; a lottery that you did not enter; an amount of money that is too good to be true; a request for payment for your “free” money, and a request for access to your personal information.
If you receive an email with this “offer” delete it! Do not click on any links or open any attachments.
If you do fall victim to this fraud, Microsoft recommends that you report it to your local police. Then, send the police report or incident number to Microsoft at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then follow the checklist recommended by the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.identitytheft.gov/.