Fraudulent emails from Microsoft Canada have been making the rounds. The email contains a link to allegedly install a security update for Microsoft Windows OS. Microsoft does not send security updates through email. Do not reply to this email, click on any links or fill out any online forms with your account information. Instead, please forward a copy of the email including full headers to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from your Inbox or mobile phone. If you think you may have submitted your CWL or login account credentials, go to myAccount and login and change your password immediately. Please remember to notify email@example.com of the possible temporary breach of your CWL account.
For your reference, a copy of the fraudulent email is included below:
From: Microsoft Canada Co. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 3:04 PM
Subject: URGENT: Critical Security Update
Dear Microsoft Customer,
Please notice that Microsoft company has recently issued a Security Update for Microsoft Windows OS.
The Security Update is to prevent malicious users from getting access to your computer files.
The update applies to the following OS versions:
Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft XP, Microsoft Windows 7.
Please notice, that present update applies to high-priority updates category. In order to help protect your computer against security threats and performance problems, we strongly recommend you to install this update.
Since public disitribution of this Update throught the official website would have result in efficient creation of a malicious software, we made a decision to issue this security update via e-mail.
In order to start the update, please follow the step-by-step instructions:
1. Download the update using the following link::
2- Double-click on SECURITY_FIX_0228.exe to start the update.
This is an Automated Message produced by Microsoft Canada Co., Please Do Not Reply
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