Microsoft Store is giving $100 to random emails: watch out for the inevitable scam

Microsoft is sending thousands of people a gift card for their store via email starting this week. The company suggested sending digital gift cards to random emails* over the next few weeks to “start your holiday shopping.” It is important, at a time like this, to recognize the enormous potential for chaos this will likely bring in the future.

Microsoft Gift Card Email Title

The title of the $100 Microsoft Store Gift Card email here during the 2021 holiday season is simple. The email is titled “Here’s $100 to start your holiday shopping.” Microsoft suggested that these emails were sent randomly, but common sense would dictate a few parameters.

Microsoft doesn’t have a list of every email in the world, so the randomness of their distribution isn’t absolutely really random. Microsoft will almost certainly have chosen email addresses from those they have had access to in their store or one of their products in the past. If you have an email associated with your Xbox, for your Microsoft account, this is the email that Microsoft will likely target.

If you’ve ever blocked emails from Microsoft or asked Microsoft to stop sending emails for its products and services, chances are you won’t get one of those $100 gift cards. .

Malevolent potential

Now that Microsoft has sent a real, real, legitimate $100 gift card via email, there will be malicious actors trying to take advantage of it. They will likely send emails that actually look identical to the one sent by Microsoft, with links that appear to go to the Microsoft Store.

Those malicious emails that will most likely appear in your app or email service in the near future will likely be difficult to detect. It will be a real test of how Microsoft Outlook, Google Gmail and other services detect and deter scammers.

If you see an email in your inbox within the next few weeks that appears to be from Microsoft and/or the Microsoft Store, along with a gift card, absolutely make sure it’s from Microsoft. While there’s no perfect way to do this, a good place to start is to check the email address of the sender of the email.

If the sender’s email is from @microsoft.com, you’re probably safe. The same goes for emails from windows.com. Just make sure there’s nothing in the email address that’s slightly different from that. Don’t trust an email like “[email protected]” or “[email protected]”. Make sure you have already received emails from the address where this new email is coming from. If not, it’s probably a scam. Be safe there!

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