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Beware of "Administrative Notice - Scheduled Maintenance and Upgrade" Phishing Email

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Beware of "Administrative Notice - Scheduled Maintenance and Upgrade" Phishing Email

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The email message below: "Administrative Notice - Scheduled Maintenance and Upgrade," is a phishing scam created by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims' email account usernames and passwords. So, recipients of the email should not follow the instructions in it, because they run the risk of having their accounts hijacked by the cyber-criminals behind the scam.

The Phishing Email Scam

From: Help Desk [mailto:info @helpdesk.org]
Sent: 01 August 2014 09:12 PM
Subject: RE: Administrative Notice

Help Desk

Attention Account User,

Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade

Your account is in the process of being upgraded to a newest Windows-based servers and an enhanced online email interface inline with internet infrastructure Maintenance. The new servers will provide better anti-spam and anti-virus functions, along with IMAP Support for mobile devices to enhance your usage.

To ensure that your account is not disrupted but active during and after this upgrade, you are required to kindly confirm your account by stating the details below:

* Domain\user name:
* Password:

This will prompt the upgrade of your account.

Failure to acknowledge the receipt of this notification, might result to a temporary deactivation of your account from our database. Your account shall remain active upon your confirmation of your login details.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Sincerely,

Your Customer Care Team

(c) Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved..

Never send your password to anyone. Your password should only be known to you and should not be shared with anyone. Never give your password to anyone. And, if you were tricked into sending your user name and password by the phishing or fake email message above, please change your password immediately.

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Beware of "Administrative Notice - Scheduled Maintenance and Upgrade" Phishing Email