Fraud alerts: Microsoft lottery scam and phony phone tech support

 

At this point in time there seems to be a number of fake and phony scams going on regarding Microsoft, the main two are the Lottery and fake technical support scams. Please read more about these two scams below and do not reply or allow either of these to fool you into giving your credit card details out.

Phoney technical Support

Cybercriminals have started calling people on the telephone, claiming to be from Microsoft, and offering to help solve their computer problems. Once cybercriminals have gained a victim’s trust, they can do one or more of the following:

  • Trick people into installing malicious software on their computer.
  • Take control of a victim’s computer remotely and adjust settings in order to leave the computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so that cybercriminals can bill for the phony services.

Microsoft will not make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up.

Microsoft Lottery Scam

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 your prize.  This is a scam. Delete the email and don’t respond.

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