In the past few weeks we've received dozens messages from readers who've received e-mails that claimed to be from Microsoft.  The mails stated that the recipient was the winner of a large amount of money.

 

These e-mails are a type of scam called "advance fee fraud." You should not respond. For more information and tips on how to avoid phishing scams, read Recognize and avoid fraudulent e-mail to Microsoft customers and You have not won the Microsoft Lottery.