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Rod J
27-12-2003, 12:00 AM
Hi all,

I just got a very interesting email today purporting to be from Microsoft. I nearly thought it was genuine but it wasn't addressed to me and on closer inspection there were grammar and spelling errors in it and one link in it was to a Chinese web site ;-)

I couldn't find anything on this site or a Google search about it either. Watch out for it! The text follows:

"Dear Registered Microsoft User,

Due to validation issues with your Product Key for your Windows OS Platform, we need you to validate your information so we can insure nobody else is using your product key. Each computer must have a unique Product Key, this problem usually happins if you install Windows twice on the same machine and use the same product key.
We need you to verify your information so we can send you a New Product Key VIA USPS. This also includes a information packet including ways to secure your Windows Platform from malicious hackers. Your reply is needed so you can continue to receive updates from Microsoft and always be up to date with the newest Service Packs. Please follow the directions below to complete the process.

1. Click Here {the Chinese web site} to be redirected to Microsoft Secure Server
2. Fill all the required fields and press "Continue".
3. Insure your information is correct, and then fill in the required fields and press "Submit'.
4. Please print the final page to keep reference to.
5. Your done! Please except the package in 4 to 6 weeks.

Please do not reply to this e-mail confirmation. It was sent to you through an automated system that is not monitored. If you have additional questions, you can call Microsoft Customer Service Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. (Eastern Time), at (888) 218-5617 (toll-free in the United States).
Microsoft highly recommends that users with Internet access update their Microsoft software to protect against viruses and security vulnerabilities. The easiest way to do this is to visit the following website: "

27-12-2003, 12:19 AM
Yep, it is another one of those scams! :(

I hope no PF1ers fall for it or any one else (but I bet some one will fall for it)

27-12-2003, 07:15 AM
Ooooooooooooh! Howsabout telling us all that Chinese URL so we can submit loads of fake info? :D

27-12-2003, 07:46 AM
On windows:
cmd ("command" for win9x)
ping -t url_of_bad_stuff.com


Greg S
27-12-2003, 08:26 AM
Microsoft never mass email users anyway, so that shoulda been your first clue.

Susan B
27-12-2003, 08:51 AM
> Microsoft never mass email users anyway, so that shoulda been your first clue.

Yes, but a lot of people do not know that. :-)