get a call from Microsoft for license audit but didn't get any email yet.

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get the call 2 days ago, but didn't get the email yet.  is this normal or is spam? how to tell if this call is spam or not?  I saw in eBay there is Microsoft 2016 office license key very cheap , I bought and test is valid, so if Microsoft audit my license, I go to eBay buy enough licenses key and provide to them ,is that OK to pass the audit?

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Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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get the call 2 days ago, but didn't get the email yet.  is this normal or is spam? how to tell if this call is spam or not?
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I saw in eBay there is Microsoft 2016 office license key very cheap , I bought and test is valid, so if Microsoft audit my license, I go to eBay buy enough licenses key and provide to them ,is that OK to pass the audit
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I won't buy keys from EBay. Please message me the key so I can check what type of key this is. (Private not in this thread)
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I download the office Image from Microsoft and activate the key from ebay purchase, so any problem from that?
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The key might be an MSDN key, someone else's VLK etc. so, yes, it might present a problem
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then how to check if this is MSDN key or VLK.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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I just checked these eBay listings, these are OEM software and you will not pass a MS Audit
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why?
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is that mean OEM license key only come with PC?I can't install separately?
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Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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is that mean OEM license key only come with PC?I can't install separately?
Yes, that is what these scamsters do
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but how come it can be acitaved, if OEM license it seems already come with the PC and acitave. right?
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and most of these license seem only can use on one machine.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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OEM licenses are not transferable. They might activate but upon closer inspection, like and MS Audit, might find that they are not valid
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sounds like a scam to me.
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Good to know.

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