Latest Fake Email Spoof to Beware Of

Thanks to one of our well-informed customers (you know who you are Kate 🙂 ), we’ve seen a new circulation of emails that appear to have come directly from Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.  As I tell all my customers, Microsoft would NEVER spend the time to research YOUR email address .  How would they get it?  Let’s face it.  When you bought your computer, you may have purchased it through a big box store, and you may have even given the store your email address to receive future store specials, but you didn’t also supply Microsoft with your personal details!

Any emails you get that say they are from Microsoft, asking you to click a link, especially a link with a .exe (executable program) in the name is a NO-NO!

Here’s the latest example of what NOT to click on…….(PS – I disabled the link in the message below just in case 🙂 )

Subject: Critical Security Update

Importance: High

Dear Customer,

Please notice that Microsoft has recently issued a Security Update for Microsoft Windows OS.

The Security Update is to prevent malicious users from getting access to your computer files.

The update applies to the following OS versions:

Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 7.

Please notice, that present update applies to high-priority updates category. In order to help protect your computer against security threats and performance problems, we strongly recommend you to install this update.

Since public disitribution of this Update throught the official website would have result in efficient creation of a malicious software, we made a decision to issue this security update via e-mail.

In order to start the update, please follow the step-by-step instructions:

1. Download the file from :

2- Double-click on SECURITY_FIX_0492.exe to start the update.

This is an Automated Message produced by Microsoft Canada Co., Please Do Not Reply

Microsoft Canada Co.

1950 Meadowvale Blvd

Mississauga, ON


Tel: 905-568-0434

Fax: 905-568-1527