R-UTN member Ed Nostrand shared this warning information from Senior Net. It should be of interest to Windows users.
This information is culled from various sources.
USERS WARNED OF BOGUS WINDOWS 10 EMAILS
For people who are impatient for their Windows 10 upgrade, don’t fall for an email scam that includes a zipped file that is supposedly Windows 10 sent by Microsoft. It’s not the OS, but it will install ransomware on your PC.
The “Upgrade to Windows 10 for free” email appears to be coming from Microsoft via email@example.com
. It actually comes from an IP in Thailand. The email is using the same color scheme as the Windows 10 update app and claims, “This message has been scanned for viruses and dangerous content by MailScanner, and is believed to be clean.” If you receive the email, you’ll note that a number of characters, especially apostrophes, are improperly displayed.
The attachments contain a ransomware program that, when opened, locks all the data on a computer and demands payment to release them.
First and foremost, don’t click on any attachments you weren’t expecting, and be wary of download links in email messages. Microsoft isn’t distributing Windows 10 through email attachments or links embedded in emails. Instead, your reserved copy of Windows 10 will be automatically downloaded onto your system at some point in the next few days or weeks, and you will receive a notification on your PC when it’s time to install.
Bottom line – Safe computing includes never opening email attachments from unknown sources, and look carefully even when you think is it legitimate.
Happy Safe Computing,
Your Friends at SeniorNet