Sunday, June 12, 2011

Microsoft related scams.- Part 2

How to recognize scams

New scams seem to appear every day. We try to keep up with them in our Security Tips & Talk blog. To see the latest scams, browse through our fraud section. In addition, you can learn to recognize a scam by familiarizing yourself with some of the telltale signs.
Scams can contain the following:
·         Alarmist messages and threats of account closures.
·         Promises of money for little or no effort.
·         Deals that sound too good to be true.
·         Requests to donate to a charitable organization after a disaster that has been in the news.
·         Bad grammar and misspellings

How to report a scam

You can use Microsoft tools to report a suspected scam.
·         Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon and then point to Safety. Then click Report Unsafe Website and use the web page that is displayed to report the website.
·         Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click the check box next to the message in your Hotmail inbox. Click Mark as and then point to Phishing scam.
·         Microsoft Office Outlook. Attach the suspicious email message to a new email message and forward it to To learn how to attach an email message to an email message, see Attach a file or other item to an email message.
You can also download the Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook.

What to do if you think you have been a victim of a scam

If you suspect that you've responded to a phishing scam with personal or financial information, take these steps to minimize any damage and protect your identity.
·         Change the passwords or PINs on all your online accounts that you think might be compromised.
·         Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Check with your bank or financial advisor if you're not sure how to do this.
·         Contact the bank or the online merchant directly. Do not follow the link in the fraudulent email message.
·         If you know of any accounts that were accessed or opened fraudulently, close those accounts.
·         Routinely review your bank and credit card statements monthly for unexplained charges or inquiries that you didn't initiate.

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