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Phishing Scam - "Final Warning - Closure of Your Outlook.com Account Is Been Processed"

2016-01-31T23:15:59 -  +
Phishing Scam - "Final Warning - Closure of Your Outlook.com Account Is Been Processed"

The email message below with subject: "Final Warning: Closure of Your Outlook.com Account Is Been Processed," is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to gain access to the potential victims' accounts by hijacking them, and then using them fraudulently.

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The Fake and Phishing Microsoft Hotmail/Outlook Email

From: member.service@ outlook.com
Subject: FINAL WARNING: Closure of your Outlook.com account is been processed.
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:09:33 +0000

Dear User,

This e-mail has been sent to you by Microsoft to inform you that we detected some unusual activities performed with this account.This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information. (e g: address, password)
2. Illegal use of your account.

Due to this, to ensure that your Microsoft account is not permanently terminated,we request you to verify and confirm your information today by following the link below:

Authenticate Your Microsoft Account

Regards,

Windows Live 2015 member services.

The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the 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, the information will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.

If you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the 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. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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