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    Default Alert- phishing E-mail asks to update Outlook

    TrendMicro’s TrendLabs identified a phishing e-mail message (see below) which asked the recipient to update Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. Here’s how the e-mail message starts out:

    “Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express and offers the highest levels of stability and security.”

    On a scale of one to 10 the authenticity of this scam e-mail is a nine. It’s very realistic, even the Contact Us, Privacy Statement, and Terms of Use active links direct you to the appropriate Microsoft Web pages.

    There’s no clear cut solution other than to not click on any active link. That’s not always possible though. In which case, please use caution and try the tips I suggested in my linked article.

    E-mail asks to update Outlook: Don?t do it

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    Thanks for posting this Ravi. We all need to be alert and these scammers are getting better and better at what they do. I think the thing to remember is here is, that Microsoft will only do updates through update, so they will never send emails to ask you to update.

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