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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 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.

Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

March 18th, 2011 Comments off

Microsoft, in
cooperation with industry and academic partners, has taken down the Rustock
botnet, a notorious source of spam, fraud, and cybercrime.

The Rustock botnet is a network
of infected computers
controlled by cybercriminals and used for a variety
of illegal activities. The owners of the infected computers probably had no
idea that their computer was being used to send spam. To learn how you can
avoid being a victim of a botnet, see How to better
protect your PC with botnet protection and avoid malware
.

What did the Rustock
botnet do?

Most of the spam messages generated by the Rustock botnet promoted
counterfeit or unapproved generic pharmaceuticals from unlicensed and
unregulated online drug sellers.  Rustock
spam also used
Microsoft’s trademark
to promote these drugs. In another scheme,
Rustock-generated email lured people into lottery
scams
in which spammers attempted to convince people that they had won a lottery.
The victims were told that they needed to send the spammers money to collect
the larger lottery winnings.  To help
protect yourself against these kinds of scams, see Email
and web scams: How to help protect yourself
.

Learn more about the
Rustock botnet takedown

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