Beware any emails which claim to come from firstname.lastname@example.org. It could be that you’re being targeted in an attack designed to steal your AOL, Gmail, Yahoo or Windows Live password.
At first glance, if you don’t look too carefully, the emails entitled “Microsoft Windows Update” may appear harmless enough. But the grammatical errors and occasional odd language should raise alarms bells that the emails may not really be from Microsoft.
The email reads:
Dear Windows User,
It has come to our attention that your Microsoft windows Installation records are out of date. Every Windows installation has to be tied to an email account for daily update.
This requires you to verify the Email Account. Failure to verify your records will result in account suspension. Click on the Verify button below and enter your login information on the following page to confirm your records.
Microsoft Windows Team.
If you do make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a third party website (not the real Microsoft.com), where you are warned that your computer is at high risk and told to choose between logging in via Gmail, Windows Live, Yahoo or AOL.
As always, delete any emails that look suspicious. I always recommend manually typing in website addresses instead of clicking on links as well. Sometimes they make the URLs look really identical to the legitmate ones.