Outlook Phishing Scam - “Account De-Activation Alert (Confirm Request)”
Feb 23, 2016
The email message below with the subject: "Account de-Activation Alert (Confirm Request)," which appears as if it came from Microsoft Outlook, claiming a deactivation request for the recipient's account has been received, is a phishing scam. The phishing email scam was sent by cyber-criminals and not by Outlook or Microsoft, to steal Outlook users’ account credentials by frightening them into clicking on a link that the cyber-thieves claim will cancel the deactivation request. So, recipients of the same email message should delete it and should never follow the instructions in it.
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The Microsoft Outlook Account Deactivation Phishing Scam
From: "Outlook.com Team" <office@alimon .ro>
Date: 23 February 2016 at 09:26:10 GMT
Subject: Account De-Activation Alert (Confirm Request)
Dear valued user,
WE Received a message from you Requesting for your account De-Activation,
Please ignore this message if the Request was from you.
Your account Would be deleted from our system in the Next 48hrs
(Note:. All mails in your Inbox, spam, Draft, and sent items Would be deleted, and Access to your account Would be denied).
Click on the Cancel Request if the message was not from you.
Cancel De-Activation Request to keep on enjoying your Account!
Thanks. Best Regards,
Windows Live ID Customer Support. Windows Live ID Customer Support.
Copyright 2016 Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service,
The links in the phishing email message will take potential victims to a phishing Microsoft Outlook website created by cyber-criminals. The fake website will ask potential victims to submit their user names, email address, password, phone number and zip code. If the potential victims enter the requested information, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use it to hijack the victims’ Outlook accounts and use the accounts fraudulently.
Outlook users who were already tricked by the phishing scam, should change their Outlook account passwords immediately. And, for those Outlook users who are unable to change their passwords, should click here to contact Microsoft Outlook.
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