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Beware of "An Unusual Activity Has Been Noticed On Your Account" Outlook Email Scam

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Beware of "An Unusual Activity Has Been Noticed On Your Account" Outlook Email Scam

The email messages below: "An unusual activity has been noticed on your Account" and "We noticed some unusual activities in your outlook Account," are phishing scams designed to steal Microsoft Hotmail, Live or Outlook user names and passwords. The email messages were not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to gain access to Microsoft email account users' accounts and use it for malicious purposes.

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The Microsoft Hotmail, Live or Outlook Phishing Email Scams

From: Microsoft account team (fabienne.domitile @camerooncatalyst.org)
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:49:36 AM

Dear Outlook.com Customer,

An unusual activity has been noticed on your Account. We want to make sure that your account is safe and secure.in support of this commitment, you are mandated to re-validate your account immediately to secure it.

Resolve Now

We've taken this precaution to protect our server from spam activities while we make sure that the activity doesn't cause harm--even unintentionally.

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:56:03 +0000

From: fabienne.domitile @camerooncatalyst.org
Subject: Microsoft Account Upgrade®

Microsoft account
Action Required To Re-Validate Your Account

Dear Outlook.com Customer,

We noticed some unusual activities in your outlook Account and also Your outlook password was recently changed again if this request was made by you kindly click the link below to secure your account.

Secure My Account

Thanks,
The Microsoft account team

If you have received email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in these email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into account.

If you were tricked by one of these malicious phishing scams, please change your Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. This is because, once these cybercriminals gain access to your account, they will lock you out of it by changing your password, and then use it for malicious purposes.

If you are unable to change your password, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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  • Posted: May 12, 2016 by an anonymous user from or near: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    I've just received several emails supposedly from the Outlook Team. The subject line is: "Unusual Activity Detected" and the body of the email says I have used all of my 1GB mailbox storage. The sender is The Outlook Team but the email link is nora.lorentzen@ hotmail.com.

    I am assuming this and the other similar messages are phishing.

    delete


    • Posted: May 12, 2016 by info

      Yes, they are.

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  • Posted: Mar 9, 2016 by an anonymous user from or near: Camden, United States

    Yes, I receive an alert scam notice. I changed my code ending in 98 to 67. After consideration, I thought the scammers may have the new number I provided, so I would like to change the latest number I provided to a new phone I got; but, because I have changed the number, I now have to wait 30 days. I would like to change the original number to my new number, instead of the 67. How can I have me called to verify the new number I now want?

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  • Posted: Jun 16, 2015 by an anonymous user from or near: Greenock, Inverclyde, United Kingdom

    I received this email yesterday, 15th June 2015:

    -- -- --
    "From: The Microsoft Account Team© (cupj@msn.com)
    Sent: 15 June 2015 09:06:29
    To:

    Microsoft account
    Verification activity

    We've detected something unusual about your Microsoft account sign-in. For example, signing in from a new location, device, or app.to protect your privacy so you can continue using your account, we need to verify your identity with few security step. click here to get verified.

    Thanks,
    The Microsoft account team"
    -- -- --

    It's quite persuasive, but I was suspicious:

    i) At the top, the sender's address is given but my own address isn't given in the "to:" box.

    ii) My Microsoft Hotmail account wouldn't show all of the email, giving the standard "Parts of this message have been blocked for your safety" line. If the email really HAD come from Microsoft Hotmail, surely my Microsoft Hotmail account wouldn't have rejected parts of it as being suspicious?

    iii) The email alleges "something unusual" happening to my account, but only gives a vague idea of what it might be ("For example..."). Surely if there really was "something unusual" happening, a genuine sender would know exactly what it is?

    iv) "...verify your identity with few security step": bad grammar. I'd expect Hotmail to proofread an email like this thoroughly before sending it to a customer whose first language is English. If they were sending the same email to a Spaniard, I'd expect the email to be in perfect Spanish. Bad grammar suggests the sender isn't from a genuine, global company like Microsoft.

    v) I googled the exact words of the message and found that the only place it had been quoted verbatim was here: http://www.justanswer .co.uk/ microsoft-office/957vk- hotmail-free-account- tried-sign-usual.html

    I've just googled the wording again (to find the link) but it no longer appears in the results of my Google search (I eventually found it in my search history. This might be coincidence. However, whilst this site looks genuine, I was put off slightly by the fact that Microsoft were making public a conversation in which a customer was asked to reveal (and does reveal) her personal email address.

    Anyway, I thought I'd let you know about this email, as I haven't experienced any trouble logging into my account and assume it's another phishing scam. Thanks for the article above, as it gave me further hope that my suspicions were correct.

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  • Posted: Sep 15, 2014 by an anonymous user from or near: Orlando, Florida, United States

    Every time I log into outlook I get a box asking me to go to a link and verify my account. Then I received this e-mail. Sa....@ Hotmail.com is a user on my computer so I know the address. Is this a scam and how do I get the box to stop popping up every time I log into e-mail:

    "Good news! The waiting period is over. You can now replace all your security info and change the password for the Microsoft account Sa*****@hotmail.com.
    As part of this process, your old security info will be deleted and your contact email k***@cfl.rr.com will be added instead.

    Click the button below to finish replacing your info."

    delete


    • Posted: Sep 15, 2014 by info

      If any of the links in the email message takes you to one of the following websites it is not a scam:

      1. Outlook.com
      2. Live.com
      3. Hotmail.com
      4. Microsoft.com

      If you are taken to any other websites, then the email is a scam.

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  • Posted: Jun 16, 2014 by an anonymous user from or near: Los Angeles, California, United States

    This is a scam.

    For one thing, your in your email account already when they ask you to sign in again and re-enter your information by opening up your...email account twice? From the same site? Hmmm.

    The only unusual activity is the request to re-enter your information.

    That's when they get your name and password. It's like filing a form with all your info and handing it to strangers

    Best wishes

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 24, 2014 by an anonymous user from or near: Davis, California, United States

    I received this email from another address though. Is the sole act of opening this email dangerous? Have you checked if there is any sort of naughty HTML code embedded in it?

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    • Posted: Apr 24, 2014 by info

      Opening the email message will not infect your computer and is not dangerous. The danger is clicking the link in the email and entering your username and password on the fake website that the link takes you to.

      delete


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