"Free Xbox Live Points" message from Microsoft Rewards is a Scam
Did you get a new Xbox 360 for Christmas and you want to add some Microsoft Points to your Live account? Microsoft Rewards claims to be giving away points but we have discovered that it is an outright scam.
We are warning our readers today of a new scam that was discovered to be offering free Microsoft Points for those with a Microsoft Xbox 360 that has a Xbox Live account. Thousands of people may have received a new Xbox 360 for Christmas this year and many of them have signed up for a new Xbox Live account. They may have the urge to purchase additional Microsoft Live points so they can download additional content, games and other media to their new Xbox 360 gaming console. What if you were presented with an offer for FREE Microsoft points for your account? Sounds too good to be true right? Well it is just that.
Below are a couple images of the fake spam messages being circulated offering free Microsoft points if you send someone your username and password. That is a big NO NO! You must not reveal your password to anyone! To many it may sound like a scam from the get-go but to others they will fall victim to this scam.
image source: blog.spywareguide
The scam message reads similar to the following:
Hello we are a company called Microsoft Rewards. We have an overstock on Xbox Microsoft points. We are now giving them out but hurry because everyone on Xbox Live will be getting this message.
If you want points all you have to do is send us your username, email and password. After that we will log in and give you the points.
Once again, DO NOT give your password to anyone! We cannot stress this enough. This is a new scam that may be created by some of the same hackers that create spyware programs or viruses. If you have made the mistake of giving away your password then it is recommended that you change it and contact Microsoft directly immediately before the thieves are able to charge additional purchases on your account.
Have you ever been offered free Microsoft Points? Have you recently signed up for a Xbox 360 Live account?