Beware Of Microsoft Critical Update Emails [Imposter Emails]
By on June 22nd, 2008

Email scamming has gone to a new level with people using different ways to scam innocent people. One such email doing the rounds these days is the Microsoft Critical Update Email. The email claims that Microsoft has released a critical update which should be downloaded in order to fix a critical security issue with Windows.

We urge our readers to not click on any links in the email as it is not a update but most probably a scamster trying to get users to install spyware or trojans which can compromise critical information such as bank accounts and password.

The email has been circulating recently and is not being caught by spam filters, if you receive any email for updating your Windows, mark it as spam without opening it.

Here is a snapshot of the email we received in our Inbox today. The link in the email  leads to a imposter site. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Click to Enlarge Microsoft Update Scam Email

A couple of pointers for our readers

  • Microsoft never sends out updates via email no matter how critical the update is, they will use the Automatic Update Service to push critical updates to the users.
  • Always download windows updates from the official Microsoft Windows Update Site.

 

We urge our readers not to click on the links or download any software from unknown users. For a complete guide of staying safe on the Internet read our earlier post where had given detailed instructions on thwarting any attempt to compromise your PC.

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  • http://www.techpavan.com Pavan Kumar

    Hey, thanks for the early warning… Many people click on links without even analyzing where it leads to. I wonder how they believe that MS sends them mails as they have never registered with it before regarding the windows usage…. Even such mails use some good MS corp ids to fool the innocents…

  • http://www.blogsdna.com Sandip

    That Critical Update KB946026 was release on February 13, 2008, This mails looks totally Imposter Mail, very Difficult to Identify.
    Thanks For Sharing

  • http://www.fullpotential.com Ashero

    Why people won’t use their genius to make the world a better place to live is beyond my undertanding. Instead, they won’t stop until they have done damage and destruction. With all that is happening around the world today, do we need anymore of that?

 
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