Remember when e-mail scams only tried to sell you something you didn’t want?
Lately a new type of e-mail scam has been circulating. This one promises you something you probably do want – money. Don’t be fooled.
The scam, known as an “advanced fee fraud,” was around long before e-mail. These days its most common form is an e-mail that says you’ve won a large sum of money, or that a person will pay you a large sum of money for little or no work on your part. It’s also known as the Nigerian Letter or the 419 scam because the scammer often claims to be from
The stories behind the scams are different, but the result is the same. The victim parts with cash or sensitive personal information and ends up with nothing in return but a big headache.
Recently, Microsoft customers have become a target of this scam with false e-mails promising that you’ve won “The Microsoft Lottery.”
We’re sorry to say that you did not win the Microsoft Lottery, because there is no Microsoft Lottery.
These e-mails are intended to start a dialogue with people in order to convince them to hand over money or personal information or to click dangerous links on the Web.
· Don’t respond to suspicious e-mails.
· Don’t click links in suspicious e-mails.
· Delete suspicious e-mails and move on.
· If you feel like doing a good deed, report suspicious e-mails to the Anti-phishing Working Group.