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Fraud alert: Prize scams

July 17th, 2012 No comments

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 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.