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Solved: Fake Microsoft Email

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Wallenberg, Jan 17, 2015.

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  1. Wallenberg

    Wallenberg Thread Starter

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    This is my first time posting in this forum. I did read the post from CookieGal. Still, I hope it's correct for me to post this here.

    I just received an email purportedly (my big word of the day) from Microsoft which I believe is some kind of scam. But I wanted to post it here so that I could warn everyone if it is indeed a scam. Otherwise, I was hoping someone here might be able to examine it and tell me just what it really is.

    It is supposedly from Microsoft - which was the big ringing alarm bell to my mind.

    Usually, I would not bother posting something like this because there are so many scam emails that appear to be from my bank or Microsoft or Apple, etc.

    But this one looks different. In one way, it is kind of clever. But in another way, it is very silly - if they are indeed trying to make the recipient believe this email came from Microsoft. I get the feeling that two people collaborated on this project. One of whom was kind of clever and aware of how email looks and the other one ... not so much.

    The single headline in my inbox read as follows: Microsoft account team - Verify your email address - Microsoft account Verify your email address To finish setting up this Microsoft account, we just need

    The full message reads as follows:

    Microsoft account
    Verify your email address
    To finish setting up this Microsoft account, we just need to make sure this email address is yours.
    Verify "[email protected]"
    If you didn't make this request, click here to cancel.
    Thanks,
    The Microsoft account team

    I got a big laugh from "If you didn't make this request, click here to cancel."

    I wonder how many poor people will actually click on that link and suffer Lord knows what for doing that.

    If they weren't so stupid, I might have actually fallen for this.

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    Please let me know what you think about this?


    P.S. I use the name "Alishibaz" on other message boards sometimes. I would have changed it, except that I didn't realize my mistake until it had been posted for a while and I figured that changing it could make for more confusion than leaving it. Sorry.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    These emails are always scams. Microsoft doesn't email people unless you've instigated an exchange with them for support or for some other reason.

    Note I've edited out your email address to prevent it from getting harvested by spammers.

    I've also edited your post for language so please be more careful in the future. Even if it's starred out by the board's filters, it's still not acceptable.
     
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