Who’s more likely to fall for scams? The answer might surprise you

A recent Ponemon Institute study (in cooperation with PC Tools) challenges the myth that people who fall for scams are generally older. According to survey results, 18-25 year olds are among the groups that are more susceptible to online scams. Respondents also said that a free prize or free antivirus software were the most likely scam offers that they would respond to.

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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 have an e-mail from yahoo classic asking for my user name passords DOB occupation and country of residence–Is this fraud or legitimate  

  2. Anonymous

    I am getting emails rom a few different people each day. They hav ediffernt saying about thier problems,an dhow much money they hav e,an dhow much they want me to have. I am tired of getting these emails . they say they are from

    ( Malaysia ) One email said they were from ( Lybia ) trying an dasking for them to send money. what can you do to help me stop this from coming to my email. I dont like this kind of stuff. please respond to me soon.

    If you need a copy I will keep my last one ,and copy and paste it ,and send it to you so you can see what I get. some of them are different.Please let me knwo if or how to stop this .

    Thank you .

    I also am using window live email .

  3. Anonymous

    Someone with an East Indian accent that I could hardly understand just called me and said he was with Microsoft. I couldn't make out what he was going to do so I said I would call Microsoft and confirm the message and I hung up. My telephone showed a Seattle number but when I asked him if he was from Seattle he said no that he was in New York.

    Was he trying to scam me?

  4. Anonymous

    He just called me again so I told him I was nervous about talking to him because I don't know who he is. He hung up on me.

  5. Anonymous

    i have just had aperson call me to say mu computer was compomised .He had an accent probably indian and said he worked for microsoft. my computer is working perfectly and i terminated the call

  6. Anonymous

    See text of email I just received – suggest you post something on your home page to warn people of this scam, unless you really do want to give me 850,000 British Pounds Sterling!  🙂

    — Forwarded Message —–

    From: MICROSOFT® CORPORATION BOARD <info@microsoft.com>


    Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 2:38:22 PM

    Subject: Congratulation


    {UK. Regional Office}

    Building, 40 Ryecroft Way,

    Stopsley London,

    United Kingdom.

    Winner No: 03,

    Microsoft Corporation wish to notify all online customers as we celebrates the 35th year anniversary 2011; 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.

    A Cheque will be issued in your name by Microsoft Corporation Board UK (MCSP), you have therefore won the entire sum of Ј850, 000, 00(Eight Hundred And Fifty thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) which consequently won in the 2nd category.

    Contact:Barry Donald

    Email: bbcclaimsagent@mail.com

    Provide below information for validation of your prize

    .Residential Address:

    .Tel (Mobile):


    .Full Name:



    Mode of Prize Remittance.

    (1) Cash Pick-Up (You coming Down to United Kingdom Personally to Pick Your Prize).

    (2) Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque Name and

    other Winning Documents safely to you.

    (3): Bank Transfer.

    .What is Your comment On Microsoft Products?:

    Note: your award security information (Data File Number: UK/9420X2/68, Ref.Code:0087955827499, Grant Number: MSC/0080648302/2011).

    To file for your claim, Please contact your Validating Officer for VALIDATION of your winning within Twenty-nine working days of this winning notification. Winnings that are not validated within Twenty-nine working days of winning notification are termed void and invalid.

    The Microsoft Internet E-mail lottery Awards is sponsored by our  CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies.

    Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Microsoft Board Commission.

    ©2011 Microsoft Corporation®

  7. Anonymous

    One make sure your security is up to date , and windows updates are all up to date . If you are not sure delete it or ask friend for help dont trust anything .

  8. Anonymous

    I really like the idea it's an all=in-one program.  All too often I fins vendor try double-up and sell you an antivirus and then an antimalware program too.  It's also free!  I really like that too.   Jim 

  9. Anonymous

    i keep getting emails from strange senders i mark them as junk or phishing scam but they still keep appearing in my in box i do not open these at all just delete as junk or mark is there something i can do to stop them from getting into my in box

  10. Anonymous

    These three comments are looking to be scammed whatever their age is.

  11. Anonymous

    I keep getting info on emails that I have suppose to have sent.  How is this happening?

  12. katherine.moss@gordon.edu

    I know it may seem to you guys that you are being targeted specifically, but in reality, you're just a spammer's lucky email address.  

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