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.