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  • Blog Post: Tax scams: 6 ways to help protect yourself

    We’ve received reports that cybercriminals are at it again, luring unsuspecting taxpayers in the United States into handing over their personal information as they rush to file their taxes before the deadline. Here are 6 ways to help protect yourself. 1. Beware of all email, text, or social...
  • Blog Post: Filing taxes? Beware of scams

    It’s tax season in the United States, which means it’s time for us to remind you about tax scams—especially email messages that appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or another legitimate organization. These seemingly valid offers are designed to trick you into turning...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for prize scams

    We’ve seen an increase in scam email messages that promise recipients they have won some kind of prize or a lottery. These unsolicited messages will often claim that the prize is sponsored by Microsoft or another well-known company. They request personal information that cybercriminals can use...
  • Blog Post: Fraud alert: Prize scams

    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...
  • Blog Post: Sign of a scam: bad grammar and misspelled words

    We received a message from a reader who asked whether or not this email was a scam: "Microsoft Corporation wish to notify all online customers as we celebrates the 35th year anniversary 2010; and also to inform you that you have emerged one of the beneficiary Selected in this ongoing 35th...
  • Blog Post: Hotmail hijacked? Here’s what to do

    Most of us have received suspicious email that looks like it came from someone on our contact list. These emails could contain a virus or other type of malware, or they could be a scam designed to trick you into turning over personal information or money. Did the person from your contact list suddenly...
  • Blog Post: Fraud alert: UPS package scam

    A reader asks: "I recently received a package from UPS. This Overnight Air envelope contained three postal money orders for $820.00. I called the UPS number on the envelope and spoke to someone about tracking the envelope and found out it was a scam. Whoever sent it believed that I would deposit...
  • Blog Post: You’ve inherited money! Or not

    April Fools' Day has come and gone, but cybercriminals have not stopped trying to trick Internet users into parting with their hard earned cash. A popular technique these days is the advance fee fraud . That's when a cybercriminal sends you an e-mail message that promises a large amount of money in...
  • Blog Post: Steer clear of the MSN Auto Protection scam

    Most Internet users have probably seen e-mail scams that include promises of large amounts of money in return for a small initial payment. This is called advanced fee fraud , and every year, victims lose money to this scam and often inadvertently turn their personal information over to cybercriminals...
  • Blog Post: Avoid Haiti donation scams

    In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people from all over the world have been moved to donate money to relief organizations. Unfortunately, scammers have already begun to take advantage of people’s goodwill. If you plan to donate online, beware of scams and hoaxes. Tips on how to avoid...
  • Blog Post: Don’t fall for the Microsoft Lottery scam

    If you receive an e-mail message that tells you that you have won the Microsoft Lottery or any lottery, delete the message. There is no Microsoft Lottery. There are other lotteries, of course, but if you don’t remember entering them, then the e-mail message is probably a scam. This type of scam is...
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