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Beware of "Your Mailbox has Exceeded the Storage Limit" Phishing Scams

2018-04-30T09:37:38  +
Beware of "Your Mailbox has Exceeded the Storage Limit" Phishing Scams

The email messages below, which claim that you have exceeded your email account storage limit or quota, are phishing scams. The email messages are fakes and were not sent by your email account administrator or provider. The fake email messages were instead created by cyber criminals to trick you clicking on the links in them that go to a phishing website that steals email account username and password.

Please continue reading below.

Once the cyber-criminals behind the scam receive your email account username and password, they will use it to hijack your email account, send spam and other malicious email messages to your friends, family, and other persons, in an attempt to trick them into stealing their account usernames and passwords.

Remember, your email account will never be closed, deactivated, shut down, suspended, deleted because you have exceeded your storage limit or quota. What will happen is: you will not be able to receive new email messages. New messages will return or bounce back to the sender, letting them know that your mailbox is full. Also, in some cases, you may not be able to send email messages.

Therefore, never respond to any email message like the ones below, which threatens to shutdown, delete or suspend your account, and asks you to click on a link or visit a website. Go directly to your email account and sign-in from there instead. After signing in, you will be notified if your mailbox is full or you have exceeded your storage limit.

Samples of the "Your Mailbox has Exceeded the Storage Limit" Phishing Scam

Subject: Account Re-validate. (FINAL WARNING)

Thu 29/06/2017 18:49

From: "Mail.Service"

Dear user,

Your mailbox is almost full.

1969MB

2000 MB

Current size

Maximum size

Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Quota/Limit, And You May Not Be Able To Send Or Receive New Mails Until You Re-Validate It.

To Re-Validate, Please Click : Click here to resolve this Issue to add more MB to your mailbox

Warning!!! if User warning, sorry to say you will lose your account permanently

Copyright © 2016 Email! Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject: Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit

Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit which is 20GB as set by your administrator, you are currently running on 20.9GB,To re-validate your mailbox Clickhere: or copy this (website address) and paste in your browser to increase your mailbox size or you loose your account within 24 hours. System Administrator Center.


Subject: Your Email Account has exceeded limit quota

Your E-Mail account has exceeded Its storage limit as set by our Administrator, and you will not be able to receive new emails until you re-validate it.to re-validate Click-Here to renew your account.

NOTE: That failure to re-validate your email account will result to loss of your account and you will not be able to receive or send mails.


Dear account user,

We hereby announce to you that your email account has exceeded its storage limit. You will not be able to send and receive mails and your email account will be deleted from our server.to avoid this problem, you are advised to verify your email account by clicking on the link below.

Click here
Thank you.


Your Email Account has exceeded limit quota

We are sending this e-mail to inform you that your e-mail account has excedeed it's sending and receiving limit in the last 7 days. Due to this , your account was suspended in order to prevent unwanted spyware and bots using our customer's accounts.

In order to verify your e-mail and lift the suspenion limit, please verify your hotmail information on the link below:


Subject: Your Email Account has exceeded limit quota

Your Email Account has exceeded limit quota, click the link below and fill your email account information to upgrade.

https://docs.google.com/ spreadsheet/view form?formkey=dGJ uV2NtRktnYU 9tMFd2Qj RBdGUzbXc6MQ

We have send you this upgrade notification times without number, and you have refuse to upgrade your user, note that failure to upgrade this time, would result to termination of your user account.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Copyright © 2012 Webmail Helpdesk Center® Inc. All rights reserved.Copyright


Subject: Dear Webmail User

The assigned storage limit of your mailbox has been exceeded due to the high rate of spam/junk mails, and incoming mails are currently being rejected. For re-validation, click the below link and fill the form to increase your quota limit.

CLICK HERE

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  • Posted: Jul 24, 2018 11:11 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Huntsville, Alabama, United States

    This is still going around:

    "Dear: Outlook webmail user,

    We hereby announce that your email account has exceeded its storage limit. You will be unable to send and receive mails and your email account will be deleted from our server. To avoid this problem, you are advised to verify your email account via the link below.

    -------->Click Here
    -------->

    Thank you.

    The Outlook Team."

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 30, 2018 9:38 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com TEAM
    Sent: Monday, April 30, 2018 6:18:29 AM
    Subject: Mailbox Storage Exceeded Limit UPGRADE NOW!!

    Server Message

    Hello user,

    Your mailbox quota is full

    This may cause your mailbox to be terminated and you will no longer receive more emails

    To continue using your mailbox, you are required to immediately
    upgrade your mailbox to increase your capacity to 15 GB.
    This service is free.

    Upgrade mail quota here

    Once the upgrade is complete, your email Box will work effectively.
    Regards.
    Email Administrator

    This message is auto-generated from E-mail security server, and replies sent to this email can not be delivered. "

    delete


  • Posted: May 28, 2017 11:57 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Final warning: Update your info@onlinethreatalerts.com account
    Sat 27/05/2017 07:53
    From: Mail Team
    Warning update your email address

    Dear,
    Your mailbox has Exceeded limit and will be shutdown in 24Hours

    Please visit the link Update Now to avoid the close down of your account
    Sincerely,
    Mail Active Directory Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 16, 2014 2:34 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Seattle, Washington, United States

    The best thing is they use 'loose' instead of lose and there instead of their.

    I noticed this a lot in various scams. One was to 'bank of amrica' which went to a scam site.

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