Get Safe Online is an ongoing government initiative that's supported by commercial organisations including Microsoft - I've written about our engagements several times over the last two years. This November the team will be back on the road as they have done for the previous couple of years. The aim of the "road trip" is to raise awareness and therefore help UK individuals to understand how to safely embrace the opportunities the online environment offers.
Note: if you are based outside the UK the website is still worth a visit as it provides a wealth of non-technical advice that's applicable Worldwide.
The official description of Get Safe Online is as follows:
"Get Safe Online, the UK’s first national internet security awareness campaign, is a joint initiative between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, retail and finance. The campaign raises awareness of the need for internet security, and provides information, advice and updates through its website: www.getsafeonline.org. It is one of our highest profile Citizenship initiatives. "
The tour is described as follows:
"Get Safe Online Awareness Week is being held from 12th to 16th November. The week will comprise a comprehensive range of activities, designed to reach consumers and micro-businesses with the Get Safe Online message, as well as a range of key stakeholders from the worlds of Government, NGOs, trade organisations, charities and the private sector. Once again, one of the main events is the Get Safe Online Roadshow which will visit SIX key cities throughout the UK in 3 days and this is where we need your help."
Note: The dates quoted on the GetSafeOnline website (at the time of writing) are incorrect as last years dates are listed - last time we ran the tour in October.
The tour will visit the following UK cities at the dates listed below:
Tuesday, 13 Nov Tour 1: Edinburgh / Tour 2: BristolWednesday, 14 Nov Tour 1: Newcastle / Tour 2: CardiffThursday, 15 Nov Tour 1: Manchester / Tour 2: Birmingham
Who would you contact for a probable fraud with your company, Micrsoft - UK office (supposed online promotion to me in the US).
Here is an email with the logos of Microsoft and MSN with the WA & UK address info. As you will see below, the graphics did not carry over here though.
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 10:07:54 +0100 (BST)
From: "KEN GATE" <email@example.com> Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
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Subject: CONTACT OUR AFFILIATED COURIER FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH OF WINNINGS AND GET BACK TO ME
To: "cheryl cluff" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM
#1 Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052.
Attn:cheryl cluff ,
PAYMENT OPTIONS / DELIVERY PROCEDURE
This is in receipt of your mail and required data inclusive. Also the verification process has been completed.
However for your notification, your winnings is not in cash form but in Certified Bank Draft, this advice complies with the Anti-Fraud policy existing between Lottery companies and the British Government.
The payment process involves your making a choice from these two(2) options of payment, the one that suits you the most for the release of your winnings.
1. Have your winning certified draft couriered by our affiliate Courier firm to you personally so that you can take it to your local bank to cash.
2. Have your winning certified draft also couriered directly to your nominated Bank and be deposited in your account on your behalf.
Consequently, you have been directed to contact our affiliate courier firm by email with your batch and reference numbers immediately for the delivery of your winning draft.This certified cheque would be taken by you to any of your local Banks to cash or deposited in your Bank accounts as preferred by you. In this regard, you would contact the courier company and state your choice of delivery from the above listed option and also notify us on your most suited option.
Stated below is the courier contact details for immediate delivery.
Mr kingsley hereford
UK Office Information
swift courier express delivery company Ltd(U.K.)
Unit 1 Barton Road, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 2FN
Tell:+44 704 574 8306
You are hereby directed to make the above contact immediately stating your pin numbers also (92166676) and inform them about your winnings and that you want your delivery made as soon as possible. Inform me as soon as you contact the courier company.
Congratulation once more from the entire staff of MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM
Tell:+44 704 571 5657
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Please email me some information as to who to send this to. I have all the emails that have come from this person. He still continues to email me declaring he is whom he says even after my calling him a fraud and saying i was notifying Microsoft and anyone else i needed to.
Your help is very much appreciated with this matter, cheryl cluff
I'm having a security issue with a (Supposed) agent through Micosoft UK and an online promotion. Who would you suggest i contact about the email below and all the others i have saved. Unfortunately the graphics showing the logos of Microsoft & MSN do not show up here, but the company addresses and phone #'s do.
The person still continues to contact me and claim his situation is as he presents. I have been warn that it is a fraud by Western Union, that lottery and promotional rules do not allow winings to go to people outside of the country holding it.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, cheryl