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  • 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: Microsoft helps defeat Rustock botnet

    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...
  • Blog Post: Fraud alert: Microsoft lottery scam

    We wanted to remind you about a fraudulent email scam that seems to be on the rise. If you receive an email that claims you've won a lottery that's sponsored by Microsoft , you can be sure that this is an advanced fee fraud . These emails usually ask you to provide cash up-front in order to receive...
  • 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: 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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