Emails asking for Product Keys and
other personal information have been received by some
These are worse
than a hoax, they are dangerous depending on the
information you give.
These are NOT from Microsoft or a
representative of Microsoft.
Personal information is
NEVER needed or requested,
Email, for activation etc.
Registration asks for personal information, giving the
VOLUNTARY and not providing the information will NOT
effect your use
There is usually a button to press to be
directed to a Microsoft secure server. You will
not go to a Microsoft server, you will go to a location
where an unscrupulous person will collect your data to
use or sell at your expense.
See these two links for related
Computer Safety and Security
Below is one version of this Email,
The hyperlinks have been removed, the hyperlinks change
when discovered and/or every few days anyways:
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
1. Click Here to be redirected to Microsoft Secure
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
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