Beware of "Notification of Account Suspension" Outlook Security Issue Phishing Scam
Jun 29, 2016
The email message below with the subject: "Notification of account suspension," which appears as if it came from Microsoft Outlook, claiming the recipients' email accounts have been suspended, 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 update the recipients' accounts and fix the problem. 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 Security Issue Phishing Scam
From: Outlook Security Issue <ID131SX3 @m.outlook.com>
Sent: 20 June 2016 21:37
Subject: Notification of account suspension
Outlook Security Issue
Dear <email address removed>
We are writing to alert you that your Outlook account has been suspended.to remove any restrictions, you need to confirm your email address and log-in using the following link:
Confirm your account
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The links in the phishing email message will take potential victims to a fake 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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