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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday March 05 2014, @06:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the It's-a-trap! dept.

dotdotdot writes:

"I am the IT guy for a small business with about 20 users. We use Microsoft Windows and Office, and I regularly audit our Microsoft volume license usage to make sure we are compliant.

I received an email from Accordo Group Ltd about a Microsoft Volume License Software Asset Management (SAM) License Review. The introduction letter stated, 'Microsoft would like to work with your company to review all Microsoft software products in use throughout your organization. This review process will be undertaken with all customers over a period of time and is intended to help you control your software assets.' The email and all the attachments were written as if they were from Microsoft, not Accordo. My first and last name, as well as the name of my company, were all misspelled.

So this is what I would like to ask SN:
Has anyone else had to deal with this? Are they just phishing for people who will agree to this?"

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  • (Score: 1) by LM-Els on Thursday March 06 2014, @07:45AM

    by LM-Els (2466) on Thursday March 06 2014, @07:45AM (#11824)

    If I'd received that email and not been sure of its authenticity of validity, I'd contact Microsoft directly, to inform them that some company is trying to impersonate a relationship with them, forwarding the email with headers and all.

    I've once done this with an email that seemed to come from my bank, but from a different server than usual. In that case, the bank replied the email was indeed from them, and they would look into the fact that it looked bogus. (and gave me the URL on the bank website where I could check exactly which emails had gone out to customers).