Microsoft Account Security Code Request Email
This morning I received the e-mail message below from "Microsoft account team (account-security-noreply @microsoft.com)" stating that I have verified my Microsoft account by requesting my security code. I did not request such code. The e-mail message also states that, if I didn't request this code I should change my password at https://account.live.com.
The E-mail Message
From: Microsoft account team(account-security-noreply @microsoft.com)
Sent: Wed 8/15/12 7:00 AM
Subject: Microsoft account security code
Hi, Thanks for helping us verify your Microsoft account! Here is your code ****.
If you didn't request htis code, we recommend that you go to https://account.live.com and change your password.
Thanks, The Microsoft account team
On Microsoft Answers (http://answers.microsoft.com/), a super moderator by the name of Joey_D stated that there is nothing to worry about because it seems someone accidentally entered my email address causing the request to be sent to me.
Here is Joey_D response:
This is not a scam. It is a valid Windows Live communication email but chances are, it was not meant for you unless you actually requested for a code.
This email is generated by our system whenever someone with a blocked account tries to unblock it. The system sends this email to the alternate email of the blocked account.
You are receiving this because someone mistakenly entered your email address as their alternate email. You can delete this email without worries.
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