Microsoft: 'Free Xbox points' for company's birthday is a scam

This week happens to be the 38th anniversary of the launch of Microsoft. Unfortunately, it appears that there is a new Internet scam going around that is promising people "free Xbox points" as part of the company's birthday celebrations.

The scam has become so prevalent that Microsoft has decided to make an unusual statement on its official Facebook page alerting people that there is no such "free Xbox points" program that the company is currently running. Here is the full statement:

There appears to be a scam going around that promises free Xbox points for wishing Microsoft a happy birthday today. Please do not respond to it. While our 38th anniversary is this week, there won’t be free Xbox points for the occasion, but we hope you'll celebrate with us nonetheless!

Of course, Microsoft refers to the points that one can buy to download Xbox Live Arcade games and other content as "Microsoft Points," not "Xbox Points." However, there is a legitimate way to gain free Microsoft points from the company via its Bing Rewards program simply by searching on Bing and accomplishing goals every day to earn Microsoft points along with other rewards.

Source: Microsoft on Facebook
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no ****....because it isn't april fools day here in the US. NOTHING....and I mean NOTHING will get over my head today. Man, talk about gullible.......

Edit: I love all of you, neowin! No april fools or nothing. I mean that!

LogicalApex said,
Why do people fall for this crap?

for the same reason people fall for the stupid "Share this post to Test the next Playstation 4!" scams on facebook...

Been getting a lot of these messages while playing on Live. Just got a message saying "it's Microsoft's birthday forward this and get 4000 points for free!"

Stryker297 said,
right because Windows is the only OS with malware and Microsoft is the only company to ever be used in a scam before. good stuff

because windows is the only OS with majority of malware.
i can very confidently say that it has 99.9999% of malware(just a guess)

astalvfnw said,
because windows is the only OS with majority of malware.

Majority of malware because it has the overwhelming majority of users... it's all about money in the end, stealing passwords or accounts, showing ads, etc.. they're going to go where the money is. Has nothing to do with security, any OS can get malware and a user from any OS can be duped.

astalvfnw said,

because windows is the only OS with majority of malware.
i can very confidently say that it has 99.9999% of malware(just a guess)

Of course, cuz Windows is on 99.9999% of the computers in the world.
Would only make sense to attack what is the majority.

astalvfnw said,

because windows is the only OS with majority of malware.
i can very confidently say that it has 99.9999% of malware(just a guess)

no argument Windows has the most malware but as it's been pointed out, it runs the overwhelming majority of the world's PCs. Only makes sense. I do like the part about how you can very confidently say something but then add "just a guess".

astalvfnw said,

i can very confidently say that it has 99.9999% of malware(just a guess)

So you're guessing confidently? Mind blowing! @_@