A free copy of Vista and a free copy of Office? It must be a scam!

But over 30,000 IT professionals were able to get in on the offer before Microsoft’s affiliate hung the ‘Sold-Out” sign on its Web site.

I saw this posted on one of the forums I belong to. But no one was biting since one of the requirements was that you had to submit identifying information including your social security number since a 1099 form needed to be completed for tax purposes. Seems that any gift over $600 must be reported to the IRS. This turned a lot of folks off, since few wanted to provide this information to a unknown Web site.

This is a good example of how paranoid we’ve all become. Even when something is offered for free, we shy away. Maybe that’s a good thing. 🙂

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