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Fake Email Alert

Watch out for emails purporting to come from Microsoft's 'Office365 Technical Team' reporting 'unusual activity on your Office 365 email account'.

As is usual with these things there is a Verify link which doesn't go to Microsoft, and which I wouldn't touch with a bargepole!

The email is purportedly sent from 'Technical Team <base@micro.soft.office.com>'* and contains dodgy grammar, which is always a giveaway.

Stay safe.


*Note the period in Microsoft.
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Re: Fake Email Alert

I read somewhere that dodgy grammar on these types of emails was deliberate so that it filtered out people with any kind of savvy, so as not to waste the barstewards time.
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Re: Fake Email Alert

Also doing the rounds are fake emails from PayPal informing the recipient of unauthorised account activity etc, with a hyperlink provided to help (!!) log-in to check recent activity.
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Re: Fake Email Alert

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Watch out for emails purporting to come from Microsoft's 'Office365 Technical Team' reporting 'unusual activity on your Office 365 email account'.

As is usual with these things there is a Verify link which doesn't go to Microsoft, and which I wouldn't touch with a bargepole!

The email is purportedly sent from 'Technical Team <base@micro.soft.office.com>'* and contains dodgy grammar, which is always a giveaway.

Stay safe.


*Note the period in Microsoft.
Do a block of the sender & it shows you the real dodgy address.
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I read somewhere that dodgy grammar on these types of emails was deliberate so that it filtered out people with any kind of savvy, so as not to waste the barstewards time.
I am not sure if it is quite as deliberate as that.

I always suspected that they were sent from overseas by people with a poor command of Engrish. But they certainly don't lack skill when it comes to cribbing identities from big corporates.

On a different note, I see the recent cyber attack on the NHS was allegedly launched from North Korea, which is hardly a surprise, but I fail to see what they would have achieved from it.
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I'm still getting regular mail from Nigeria. They are such friendly generous people. Who else would offer to share 3.5 million with someone they don't even know when they are probably living in squalor and powering their PC via a WW2 diesel generator.

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Also doing the rounds are fake emails from PayPal informing the recipient of unauthorised account activity etc, with a hyperlink provided to help (!!) log-in to check recent activity.
I had one recently.

I forward those to spoof@paypal.com

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I read somewhere that dodgy grammar on these types of emails was deliberate so that it filtered out people with any kind of savvy, so as not to waste the barstewards time.
I had one, supposedly from PayPal, that opened "Dear costumer..."; at least it made me smile before I hit the delete button.
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I had one, supposedly from PayPal, that opened "Dear costumer..."; at least it made me smile before I hit the delete button.
Mind you, there is a certain 'Karma' to some of these scams.

A retired lady of our acquaintance who sticks her nose into absolutely everything, and who is on the committee of just about every single village organisation received an email purporting to come from HMRC advising that a charity that she was on the committee of was due a tax refund.

The point is that she was not the Treasurer, (my wife is), but she went along with it all the same, entered her card details and claimed the promised 650 or so. Only when she had done this did she forward the email to us with a message to say that she would be receiving the money within the next 28 days, and that she would let us have it in due course.

It was clearly a scam so I phoned her straightaway and suggested that she get in touch with her bank pronto. Well she was too busy for that as she had people and cream teas to organise, but when she called the bank the next morning her account had been well and truly emptied!
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I'm still getting regular mail from Nigeria. They are such friendly generous people. Who else would offer to share 3.5 million with someone they don't even know when they are probably living in squalor and powering their PC via a WW2 diesel generator.

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..and apart from anything else anyone complying could go to jail for money laundering
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