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Windows 7: possible phishing email claining to be from Microsoft

15 Oct 2014   #1
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
possible phishing email claining to be from Microsoft

I have a hotmail address I have tied into a few online shops and such and I never switched those stores to anything else. This was sitting in the inbox today. Google returned no results for that email address or phone number, and according to my system information my copy of Windows is still active. I compared the key in the email to the sticker on the PC, not a match, and the format of the key seems a bit odd. The obvious grammatical errors are also a huge red flag.

Is this a variation on the phone call scam? Do they hope people will read this email and call them?


From: Windows Support Center (window.technicians02@outlook.com)


Windows Support Center
One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052
+1-888-622-1877

Dear User,
Someone recently tried to use an application to sign in to your Windows Computer. This was the third time login attempt on your windows license key.We tried several time to notify you, but there was no response. Hence, we regret to inform you that your windows license key now has expired. Please renew your windows license key.
We Found several suspicious sign-in attempt on your Windows License Key: CLISD\\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}
May be this was a hijacker trying to access your your computer in order to access your information.


Please review the details of the sign-in attempt. Last log in attempt on your computer was on:
October 14th ,2014 05:15 A.M GMT
Location: Tokyo, Japan
I.P Address : 196.27.255.255

If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to access your Network.For Assistance Contact Customer Support: +1-888-622-1877 Or You can also visit our Website: http://www.microsoft.com/
Once you call, please provide your Reference no: AZ3257 for your windows computer.
Our Microsoft certified Technician will provide you the best resolution.
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Windows Computer.

Thank you,
Randy Williams
Customer Advocate
1-888-622-1877
Extension: 2315
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15 Oct 2014   #2
z3r010

 

It's definitely a scam, I've not seen this one before though.

I would forward the email to abuse@outlook.com and get them to shut the account down.

Something I have just spotted is the IP address given comes back to a Nigerian University - http://www.infosniper.net/index.php?...1&zoom_level=7
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15 Oct 2014   #3
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Indeed this is a scam just delete and don't waste your time thinking about it unless you can somehow find a way to scam the scammers
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16 Oct 2014   #4
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

This was very obvious. Look at the grammar, it fails alot.
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16 Oct 2014   #5
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Another giveaway is the use of +1 at the beginning of the phone number. I've never seen this used on any published phone number in the US. It's more of a European thing.
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