Microsoft ‘lottery’ scam hits Outlook inboxes

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

Microsoft ‘phishing’ scam tells Outlook users they have received a notification of being selected in a lottery email draw United Kingdom.

Users who open the “Word” attachment open themselves unto a virus that scans the computer and targets financial information.

BBB received the complaint about this lottery draw attachment today, and it seems to have been making the rounds already on the East Coast.

Do NOT open these email attachments. Instead, follow the information here.

You can use Microsoft tools to report a suspected scam.

  • Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon and then point to Safety. Then click Report Unsafe Website and use the web page that is displayed to report the website.
  • Hotmail. If you receive a suspicious email message that asks for personal information, click the check box next to the message in your Hotmail inbox. Click Mark as and then point to Phishing scam.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook. Attach the suspicious email message to a new email message and forward it toreportphishing@antiphishing.org. To learn how to attach an email message to an email message, see Attach a file or other item to an email message.

You can also download the Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook.

Report phone scams
Learn about how to report phone fraud in the United States. Outside of the US, contact your local authorities.

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