Watch out for prize scams

We’ve seen an increase in scam email messages that promise recipients they have won some kind of prize or a lottery. These unsolicited messages will often claim that the prize is sponsored by Microsoft or another well-known company. They request personal information that cybercriminals can use for identity theft.

Do not respond to these fraudulent messages with personal information. There is no Microsoft Lottery.

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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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  1. Anonymous

    I still need help. I can't download the Security Update for Windows (KB2757638). It would always say "failed." Please help.

  2. Anonymous

    lso look out for hackers getting into your computer pretending to be police officials. I recently had this happen to my computer, where they lock your computer, and tell you youve violated copyright laws or looked at porn,and they ask you to send 100 or more dollars or pay a fine, to unlock your comuter. Its false!! RANSOMWARE

  3. Anonymous

    How do I get rid of these email scams on my computer screen?

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