Trick or Legit. E-mail ?

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Bob Maisey, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Bob Maisey

    Bob Maisey Guest

    I have been receiving an e-mail, twice a day, for the past
    5 days.
    It says it is from Microsoft.
    It's subject reads: "Use This Patch Immediately".

    I am afraid to open the enclosure; not knowing if it is
    legit., or some type of a scam or virus.

    Can anyone tel me if this type of thing is real or how to
    check it out.

    If it is not real then, how can I report it to Microscoft?
     
    Bob Maisey, Feb 20, 2004
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  2. Bob Maisey

    *Vanguard* Guest

    "Bob Maisey" said in news:12de201c3f76c$d19f42f0$:
    Microsoft doesn't know you.

    Microsoft doesn't bother sending specialize e-mails like this.

    Microsoft already has a mechanism for providing patches. It's called
    Windows Update.

    Even if you suspected you needed the patch, why would you accept one from an
    unknown sender rather than visit windowsupdate.microsoft.com?

    Take a look at the Received headers in the bogus message. You'll see that
    the source is not a Microsoft domain (but you need to know how to read and
    track through Received headers to recognize the bogus ones that spammer,
    scammers, and scum will insert in their attempt to fool the recipient).

    Are you running executable attachments in e-mails sent from unknown senders,
    especially if you never prompted for it?
     
    *Vanguard*, Feb 20, 2004
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  3. Bob,
    Microsoft does NOT send out fixes thru email.
    I suspect it's one of the critters that is around, and do hope you have an
    up to date antivirus program running there.
    I suggest you dump those mails without opening.

    Ron Chamberlin
    MS-MVP
     
    Ron Chamberlin, Feb 20, 2004
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  4. Don't bother reporting it to MS. They're already doing everything they can
    already to 'help' those people who keep on clicking on attachments, and keep
    on getting infected with viruses. They simply don't have the facilities to
    track down every person who is infected, knock on their doors and tell them
    they're computer has a virus.
     
    Sandi - Microsoft MVP, Feb 20, 2004
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