Dangerous spam mails

Earlier this week, a client emailed me a copy of an email that seemed to come from Microsoft asking him to install an update for Outlook Express. The client was wondering if he should install the update.

The answer was “NO” – the email was a complete fake and led to a link that would install spyware on the computer.

Microsoft will NEVER email individuals with software updates.

The text of the email in question is pasted below – stay well clear!!!

FAKE EMAIL ====

Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721)

Brief Description

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express and offers the highest level of security and stability.

Instructions

•    To install Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721) please visit Microsoft Update Center:
http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftofficeupdate/KB910737/
Quick Details
•    File Name: officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe
•    Version: 1.5
•    Date Published: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 11:13:39 +0000
•    Language: English
•    File Size: 100 KB

System Requirements

•    Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows Vista
•    This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express

=== FAKE EMAIL

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