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 Anniversary Program in conjunction with the Foundation of
Software Products (F.P.S.) The Microsoft internet E-mail draw is held
periodically and is organized to encourage the users of the Internet and
promote computer literacy worldwide.”

This email message continues with a request for personal and
financial information. This is a scam. Email messages from Microsoft
or other familiar and trustworthy organizations that are full of bad grammar
and misspellings are fraudulent. If you receive one of these unsolicited e-mail
messages, delete it.

For more signs of a scam, see How to
reduce the risk of online fraud
.

 

 

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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9 comments
  1. Anonymous

    ste skell dob 26 feb is fake my son stee skell 5 5 1980 is real one this fake is causing trouble talking filthy and destroying my life please help me my son has one leg this fake  is make this club

  2. Anonymous

    ste skell dob 26 feb is fake my son stee skell 5 5 1980 is real one this fake is causing trouble talking filthy and destroying my life please help me my son has one leg this fake  is make this club

  3. Anonymous

    My email has been breached.  Someone is sending spam from my email to my friends.  I have tried to figure out how to get rid of this problem.  I have been contacted by several friends asking me if I sent them an email with another site to go to.  I haven't been the one sending these emails to my friends.  I wish for this to stop.    If I can't get this to stop I will be forced to close the account.  I might do just that, to deter any more of this going on.  Thank You, Eugenia Conrad

  4. Anonymous

    would someone please help-i receive 15-25 emails in my junk box, none of them are legit, even if they have my email address or name in the subject.AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

    thanks

  5. Anonymous

    I received an email saying my email address had been selected by MS as a winner and gave a phone number to call. Here is a copy of it. Would you check this out and let me know if it is a scam or not? Maybe this will help you track the spammers.

    Thanks, Glenda Prim

    MICROSOFT CORPORATIONS

    45 QUAI DE SEINE. PARIS 75019 FRANCE

    Tell: +33-663-140-643

    EMAIL WINNING NOTIFICATION,

    You have been awarded the sum of €800,000.00Euro in the MICROSOFT NEW YEAR EMAIL PROMOTION AWARD 2011.Cont Mr. Mark Anderson with your

    names,address,phone and Country to Email: microsftdept2011@xnmsn.com or call

    +33-663-140-643 for more information on this award.

    Best Regards,

    Mr Mark Anderson

    Microsoft Award Processing Officer

  6. Anonymous

    Received an e-mail that says it's from Windows Live Team and that they needed my name, address, zip, password, etc. or my service would be cut off.  Didn't sound right to me.

  7. Anonymous

    I need tfswctrl.exe removed from my computer

    thanks

  8. Anonymous

    SOME ONE HAS EMAILED ALL OF MY ON LINE CONTACTS WITH A REQUEST FOR MONEY FROM MY EMAIL ADDRESS . ONLY I DID NOT SEND IT . WHAT DO I DO NOW ALSO MY I CANT ASSESS MY PASSWORD OR MY HOT MAIL ACCOUNT.

  9. Anonymous

    I keep loosing connection. Why could this happen? Other users on same computer dony have problem.

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