From bogus ‘Microsoft Tech Support’ phone calls to fraudsters asking for credit card information to ‘validate your copy of Windows’, there are a number of Microsoft scams you need to look out for. [18 August 2010]
Fraudsters often use the names of well-known companies to commit their crime, as it makes their communication with you seem more legitimate. This is why it’s important to think twice before giving out any personal information.
Common scams that use the Microsoft name include:
Microsoft is warning that they do not send unsolicited emails or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to fix your computer. Microsoft advises anyone who receives such communication to delete the email or hang up the phone.
Anyone who has lost money to a scam like this should report it to Action Fraud.
Advice to avoid Microsoft scams
Read more about scams using Microsoft’s name on the Microsoft website.
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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.