Beware of "Your Account Will Be Blocked" Outlook Phishing Scam
Sep 15, 2016
The email message below which claims that the recipients' email accounts will be blocked, is phishing scam that has been created to steal Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook user names and passwords. The email messages were not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not to follow the instructions in it.
Please continue reading below.
The Phishing Microsoft Outlook Email
Subject: Security Issues!
Your Account Will Be Blocked!
Security alert your Outlook account has been compromised. You must update it immediately or your account will be close now.
Due to this, to ensure that your email service is not interrupted, we request you to confirm and update your information today by following the link below.
Thanks for using your Microsoft account to bring the people who matter most together in one place. You can change your connection settings anytime and find more ways to connect at https://profile.live.com/services.
See you online,
The Microsoft team
The links in the email messages go to a fake Outlook or Microsoft website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, Live usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.
If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into it.
Now, if you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.
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