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Planning to Upgrade to Windows 10? Don't Be Scammed

Microsoft has released Windows 10, the next version of its operating system. It is available as a free upgrade for desktops, laptops, and tablets running Windows 7 and 8.1.

Upgrades must be reserved and you will be provided with a notification from the Get Windows 10 app when your upgrade is ready. It may be days or weeks before you receive the notification.

Scammers are taking advantage of the update method and the time it is taking. Through fake emails, the scammers are distributing "ransomware" malware that encrypts the files on the computer. Paying the ransom is the only way to get the decryption key. The email claims that the attachment is an installer for the operating system upgrade.

The bottom line: The only way to receive the upgrade is to follow these instructions from Microsoft.

This Cisco Blog post provides a detailed description of the scam including screen shots.