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Forum Thread: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"

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taffy078 Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
Contributor 25th Feb, 2010 17:48
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I've just had an email from "Microsoft Limited <MicrosoftUK@e-mail.microsoft.com". Lots of tips and an offer to receive a Beta version of Office 2010.
Also how to speed up your browser with "the new accelerators in IE8".
I've never had anything like this from Microsoft before. Is it genuine?

PS I did check their website - I followed a link to "Hoax emails in the UK" and from there another link. That took me to a page that doesn't exist. They are useless at times!

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Maurice Joyce RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
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Dump it like a hot potato. Microsoft do not operate like U suggest.

I am Beta testing Microsoft Office 2010 & never received anything like that.

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thedillpickl RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
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Last edited on 26th Feb, 2010 07:16
Ditto, go to https://profile.microsoft.com/RegSysProfileCenter/ and sign up for Microsoft Download Notifications if you want the official newsletter. Most of it is unimportant advertising but some useful stuff. When receiving the newsletter, the info at top of your E-mail would look llike:

From: "Microsoft" <Microsoft@newsletters.microsoft.com>

ReplyTo: "Microsoft"<abunchofletters&numbers@newslet ters.microsoft.com>

To: <myname@yourmail.com>

Subject: Microsoft Download Notifications: February 19, 2010

Date: Fri 02/19/10 11:27 PM

Also at the bottom it says:

This newsletter was sent by:
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

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This user no longer exists RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
Member 26th Feb, 2010 08:31
Hi,
Microsoft do not send out updates via. email. You should check for updates via. Microsoft Update *only*.
Crackers very frequently employ these kinds of tricks to get people to download and run viruses, and other unpleasantness.

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taffy078 RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
Contributor 26th Feb, 2010 08:42
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Thank you Maurice, Fred and Emil.

What frustrates me is that there is no way to feed back details of this email to Microsoft, as it's not on their list of UK fake UK emails.

Perhaps a Microsoft MVP will read this and action it. Or perhaps there are many of these blasted emails that Microsoft can't keep up.

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Anthony Wells RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
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Hello Taffy ,

I understand that M UK is independent of Redmond so thar Fred's info may not apply to a UK sourced email.

A (very) quick check with Snopes and HoaxSlayer produced nothing .

Only someone at M UK is likely to give you a clear response ; if , as seems highly likely as it stands , it is a nasty then it is worth exposing it to help others .

Take extra care
Anyhony

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thedillpickl RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
Contributor 26th Feb, 2010 23:35
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@Taffy & Ant;

The newsletter I mentioned is just that, a newsletter. I would think anyone could sign up. Anthony may be correct in the fact that its links may not work for you. (Didn't think of that, did I?) It would still keep you abreast of new MS junk.

I just found a new website to check out, iwannabug.com. I'm trying to fit HAL-Jr into a condom as we speak before I surf it! (It's a joke kids, don't send posts.)


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Maurice Joyce RE: Genuine? "Welcome to the first Office Update of 2010"
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David,
I suspect it is a dead link. There are ways to report back to MS or have them authenticated within your in box to save the hassle.

1. Many Corporate Companies including Microsoft & CNet have signed up to authenticated mail. Once U have the widget installed mail received from the registered Companies arrives in your mail box with a green tick indicating it has passed sender verification. This type of scam is then easily spotted.

2. A separate system is offered for online banking - mainly covers US Banks but can be tweaked to use any.

3. Windows Mail has a recommended option to forward such mail direct to MS as does Outlook.

4. Any mail from Microsoft UK will clearly have this on the bottom of the page so U can always contact them.

To cancel your subscription to this newsletter, reply to this message with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the Subject line. Alternatively you can manage all your subscriptions to Microsoft newsletters via 'Manage My Subscriptions' in the Microsoft Profile Centre. In order to access the Microsoft Profile Centre you will need a Windows Live ID.

Read legal information about this communication

This communication was sent by Microsoft Limited, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG.
Sign up for other newsletters | Update your profile
2010 Microsoft Corporation Terms of Use | Trademarks | Privacy Statement


Click on the profile link - if U are not directed to your account it is another way of telling it is a fake. If U have not got a Live ID account with Microsoft U should not be receiving mail from them.

5. U can opt to have all your newsletters delivered by RSS via your mail box. That way U will know it comes from the Microsoft server. If it arrives in any other way it will be a fake. Secunia & many other Companies also offer this facility.

6. U can report dodgy mail. Use this link
https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/emailconta...

7. This information came from this publication which has some very useful advice if all the drop down options are read.
http://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/phishing/Ms...

8. There are very few newsletters that carry advertisements as U will notice from the link above. They do have useful promotional links for various articles & programmes.

U can opt out of Microsoft adverts at any time. The Microsoft Global opt out must be renewed every 5 years.

9. Newsletters are Global.










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