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Some people on some forums are sharing free Office 365 student subscriptions

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HotCakeX
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A while ago, I reported this to one of the moderators of the Office 365 community, didn't hear anything back.

There are forums that give out free Office 365 subscriptions to people, they all belong to Chinese entities.

I have the domain, Email, password of the account.

I don't think this is ok, so I hope someone in charge see this post and personally follow up on this. but if you (Microsoft) is OK with this then it's all good.

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I agree @HotCakeX

If you have examples of this on the Tech Community than please share here the links.

Bringing this to the attention of the team - @Eric Starker @sarah gilbert and @Dylan Snodgrass to help report and purge these from the community.

Hope that answers your question

Best, Chris
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I also agree, @HotCakeX
If you have seen any posts like this on the Tech Community, please feel free to link them here so we can investigate this further and purge this type of action from the community. 

If this has happened elsewhere in the Microsoft Sphere, then following the usual reporting process is the right call. 

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@Dylan Snodgrass@Christopher Hoard 

Thanks, of course this is happening on another forum, Not Microsoft community/forum.

I can provide full details about it but I'm not sure what is the "usual" reporting process of such things.

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It's a rather old and big forum, run by people that have no relation with Microsoft.
Nothing related to Microsoft sphere at all.
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Hi @HotCakeX

In that case, I would personally report it via the Counterfeit Software report

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/howtotell/cfr/Report.aspx

Best, Chris
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Thank you, I tried following the 6 steps in there but to be honest most of them are not applicable, mainly because I didn't actual purchase a counterfeit product.
this act of them is more like distributing keygens, cracks etc. goes against Microsoft's terms of service. (they do also distribute those tools)
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Hi @HotCakeX

I guess, there could be a few ways to possible escalate this.

1.) Open a support ticket requesting where to send the information too (I.e. legal)
2.) There is a site here which points to the email address piracy@microsoft.com however I don't know whether this address is still in use

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/msrc/faqs-report-an-issue

3.) You could look to report it here as part of a technical support scam

https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/concern/scam

Best, Chris
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"I would like to report pirated Microsoft software" section sounds like the right place, it also
points to https://www.microsoft.com/piracy/
which says:
"We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found."
(someone needs to get that fixed)

and as you said about piracy@microsoft.com, I'm not 100% sure if it's the right Email address or if it's still being monitored.

BTW, the post in the forum that is about these, are restricted, users who are not logged in cannot view it, even if you create an account you can't view it, you will need to have a certain rank to be able to view it. so whoever from Microsoft wants to go after this can use my account, np.

also, on another Chinese related Office 365 account that I managed to get from there I could access its AAD users list, with read permissions only, there were tons of accounts.

I don't wanna put lots of stuff publicly here so I'll understand if someone decides to hide this post.



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