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Be careful replying to suspicious emails

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NBC12 is working to keep you safe from scams. There are several deceptions that we don't want you to fall for.

A viewer reported receiving email claiming to be from Microsoft. The message said the viewer's email address was randomly selected from over 250,000 email accounts. The message explained that  the viewer had won thousands of dollars. To collect, the viewer had to reply with a lot of private information.  

Of course, there is no Microsoft lottery, and these criminals are just trying to get their hands on your information. If you see this one, don't reply. File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. 

Facebook users are being targeted by criminals, too. It's another fake lottery notification. This time, the email claims to be from the Facebook International Reward Program. You're told that you have won $500,000. The trick is to get you to reply. Most likely, scammers are after your personal information or they will try to get you to send money to claim the bogus prize.  Report this to Facebook if you receive it.

Be warned, the FBI is not emailing you. However, criminals hope the agency's name will fool you into falling for a fraudulent message. It claims you have unclaimed money. $2.3 million is waiting on you. You're told you can either collect by check or the money can be loaded onto an ATM card. To get your hands on the cash, you are told that you will need to reply to the email and pay 280-dollars.  The FBI would never send an email like this. If you see this one, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center

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