Aug 132012

An e-mail received by one of our employees who does not even have a Facebook account:

From: Facebook Microsoft
Date: August 13, 2012 11:50:30 MDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: [Possible Spam] Congratulations!!

Lucky Winner,

Thank you for Using Microsoft and Facebook, Your Email has won you a $20,000 from Microsoft and $20,000 from Facebook, Kindly sends us your:

1. Full name,
2. Residential address and
3. Telephone numbers
4. The time you will be in your house for the delivery man to get your $20,000 money delivered to you at home.

Send the information listed above to this email: before the end of today’s working hours for the insurance and Accountancy Company to stamp and overnight the winning check of $20,000 to you.

We await your quick and positive responds,

From: Microsoft & Facebook monthly promotion
Copyright 2012.

Too funny!  We can’t figure out what they are trying to copyright – their appallingly poor English?  The hilarious e-mail addresses? The Accountancy Company? There is something to laugh about in just about every line of this e-mail.

 Posted by at 9:04 pm
Jun 192012

We had heard about it, but it actually happened to us: a phone call from a “Microsoft technical specialist” telling us they had received a report from our computer in the last 30 days and there was a problem.

After a hearty laugh and an “Are you kidding me?” we hung up.

Unfortunately, many people don’t.  It’s a scam to get your credit card information and/or damage your computer.  Remember:  

Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer

Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center details some of the most recent scams using both e-mail and the telephone being committed under the Microsoft name.

6/26/2012.  Another call today, telling me those reports kept coming in to the “International Server” and my computer would be shut down in two weeks if I didn’t take action.  I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.