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I received an email from *** Email address is removed for privacy ***.

The text of the email is shown below. Is it a scam?


Security update KB971033 released.

*** Email address is removed for privacy ***


There are important steps you should take to protect yourself from online threats

such as financial crimeware and identity theft. Taking the steps below to protect

your computer not only saves you time and trouble should something go wrong, but

also ensures that you are getting the best online experience.

There's an easy, free way to help keep your PC safer and running smoothly. It's

called Windows Update. All you have to do is turn it on, and you'll get the

latest security and other important updates from Microsoft automatically.

Setting up Windows Update is simple: Just go to the Microsoft Update website. If

you've already got automatic updating turned on, Windows Update in Control Panel

will open and show your update status. If it's not yet turned on, you'll be

guided through the steps to do so. After that, all the latest security and

performance improvements will be installed on your PC quickly and reliably.

It's (mostly) automatic!

When you turn on automatic updating, most updates will download and install

without you having to lift a finger. But sometimes Windows Update will need your

input during an installation. In this case, you'll see an alert in the

notification area at the far right of the taskbar. Be sure to click it. If you

don't respond to a Windows Update alert, your PC might end up missing an

important download.

We recommend that you use automatic updating.but if you choose not to, be sure to

check for updates at least once a week.

We detected that you don't have installed Anti-spoofing update KB971033 from

Microsoft, this update will protect you from accessing fake pages like phishing

site by checking any accessed link without any delay in browsers and also will

fix CVE-2012-3651 (Adobe auto-downloader) exploit.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012 7:40 AM




Yes it is part of a SCAM! Do not click on or use any part of that message.

In USA you can contact FBI, State Attorney General, local law enforcement and consumer
watch groups. Arm yourself with knowledge.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), funded in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance

No, Microsoft would not email or call you unsolicited. Nor would they know if any errors existed
on your computer. So those are frauds or scams, to get your money or worse to steal your

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently - Microsoft does not make unsolicited
phone calls to help you fix your computer

Hoaxes and Scams

Microsoft Consumer Support Center

Microsoft Support

Microsoft - Contact Support

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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