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Beware of "You Have Reached the Storage Limit of Your Mail and Your Incoming Mails" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "You Have Reached the Storage Limit of Your Mail and Your Incoming Mails" Phishing Scams

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Online users, if you have received email messages like the one below, claiming that your email accounts, especially Microsoft Hotmail, Outlook, Live accounts, have reached their storage limit, and ask you to click on a link to verify your accounts or correct the problem, please delete the email messages and do not follow the instructions in them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams sent by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims’ email account credentials. And, once cybercriminals have stolen their victims’ email account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently.

A Sample of the "You Have Reached the Storage Limit" Phishing Email

From: Outlook©

Sent: 26 October 2016 10:59

To: noreply@outlook.com

Subject: Microsoft Account

Microsoft Account

Dear user,

You have reached the storage limit of your mail and your incoming mails will be pending until you verify your Mailbox.

Please follow the link below to Expand your Storage Limit:

Expand Mail Storage

Thanks ,
Microsoft team
Microsoft

Online users who have already been tricked by the phishing emails, are asked to change their passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked or used fraudulently. For Microsoft users whose email accounts have already been hijacked, may click here for help to recover their accounts.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 7:37 PM by info

    "Dear %0%,

    Your email address has reached the memory limit defined by the administrator. You will not be able to send or receive messages if it is not verified within 48 hours 7/16/2019 9:44:19 a.m.

    Nonetheless, you have 3 incoming messages.

    Click below to quickly validate and additional space will be automatically updated.

    Current Uses : 945,60 Megabytes (945.82 MB)

    Threshold warning : 821,20 Megabytes (821.00 MB)

    Limit Size : 876,800 Megabytes (876,80 MB)

    V-a-l-i-d-a-t-e

    Regards.

    Mailbox support manager 2019 ."

    Here is another scam

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  • March 17, 2019 at 9:38 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Email Service <salaxlay@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Monday, March 18, 2019 10:02 AM

    To: Email Service

    Subject: OutlooK_ Team Service

    Hotmail Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: Click Restore

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team

    The information in this mail is confidential and is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this mail and the information by anyone other than the intended recipient is unauthorized. The opinion expressed in this mail is that of the sender and do not necessarily reflect sanction of MicroSoft Ltd."

    remove

  • March 30, 2018 at 6:11 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Subject: E-mail notification

    Date: Fri 3/30/2018 2:02 AM

    From: "Email Alert"

    Mail Quota: (98% Full)

    Attention: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

    Your email quota has reached 98% and will soon exceed its limit.

    Follow the URL below to upgrade your quota to 25GB for free to avoid loss of email data.

    Upgrade Email Quota

    Source: Email Administrator"

    remove

  • March 29, 2018 at 3:42 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft-Outlook Calendar <robertwainwright@live.co.uk>

    Date: 6 September 2017 at 08:19:47 BST

    Subject: Active Reset: Email Disconnection Service

    Outlook Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: CONTACT US

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team"

    remove

  • September 26, 2017 at 10:26 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Team <jameel-ur-rehman@hotmail.com>

    Sent: September 27, 2017 2:52 AM

    To: msn_members@outlook.com

    Subject: Mail Update!

    Dear user,

    You have reached the storage limit of your mail and cannot receive new messages until you Expand Your Storage Limit.

    Follow the link below to Expand Storage Limit so it will enable you receive your new messages

    Expand Limit

    Thanks ,

    @Email team

    Netease respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement

    Account Corporation, One Account Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2017 Netease Corporation. All rights reserved"

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  • August 18, 2017 at 5:28 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    --- --- --- ---

    From: ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATION <acopuroglu@hotmail.com>

    Sent: August 16, 2017 5:40 PM

    To: no-reply0070@outlook.com

    Subject: FINAL WARNING:Your account unit has reached storage limit

    Microsoft account

    The capacity storage of your email has dropped to 1MB from your 20GB. This is why we have placed your incoming emails on hold.

    We may be forced to shut down your email if data exceed below capacity. You are required to upgrade your email capacity immediately to avoid suspension.

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Upgrade my email capacity

    2. You can also Increase your capacity to 25GB

    3. Login to your email with correct email and password with the above link for an automatic upgrade

    Your security and safety is our primary concern.

    Thanks,

    The email security team."

    remove

  • August 14, 2017 at 2:23 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Windows Live <rythom1@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:26 PM

    To: no_reply@outlook.com

    Subject: Confirmation

    Dear user,

    You have reached the storage limit of your mail and cannot receive new messages until you Expand your storage limit.

    Follow the link below to Expand Storage Limit to prevent email closure.

    Expand Limit

    Thanks,

    The Account Team"

    remove

  • July 5, 2017 at 8:31 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: MSN Service <happydal@hotmail.co.uk>

    Date: 5 July 2017 at 11:30:56 BST

    To: "replynot@msn.com" <replynot@msn.com>

    Subject: Active Reset :Email Disconnection Service

    Outlook Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: CONTACT US

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team"

    remove

  • May 30, 2017 at 11:21 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "FINAL WARNING ACCOUNT UPDATE VERIFICATION™

    Thu 18/05/2017 07:21

    From: Mail service

    your current mailbox capacity has reached 97% of the total capacity, Therefore, access to your outgoing mail / incoming mail is Iimited.

    Update your mail, re-activate and restore system back to normal

    Upgrade your mailbox quota here >>

    After the upgrade is complete, your mailbox will work effectively

    Mail administrator | all rights reserved."

    remove

  • May 24, 2017 at 6:34 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Von: Mail Team <msn-services14@outlook.com>

    Betreff: MAIL TEAM!

    Datum: 24. Mai 2017 10:12:01 MESZ

    An: "member@hotmail.com" <member@hotmail.com>

    OutlookMail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: Restore Now

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team"

    remove

  • May 23, 2017 at 8:15 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: MSN 2017 <tumusiimer@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:44 AM

    To: members@outlook.com

    Subject: mail team

    Outlook Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    NOTE: your mailbox might be close down kindly

    Follow this link to complete the process: Restore Now

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team"

    remove

  • May 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: circulation desk

    Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017 4:41 AM

    To: no_reply@hotmail.com

    Subject: Mail Box D_activated ........

    Hotmail Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: Click Restore

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team

    The information in this mail is confidential and is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this mail and the information by anyone other than the intended recipient is unauthorized. The opinion expressed in this mail is that of the sender and do not necessarily reflect sanction of Microsoft Ltd.

    Team Outlook

    Title

    Company"

    remove

  • April 20, 2017 at 1:42 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Account Security

    Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:44 PM

    To: noreply@msn.com

    Subject: Mail BoxD_activated ........

    Hotmail Mail

    You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to complete your e-mail access restore.

    Follow this link to complete the process: Click Restore

    System Administrator.

    Outlook Team

    The information in this mail is confidential and is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this mail and the information by anyone other than the intended recipient is unauthorized. The opinion expressed in this mail is that of the sender and do not necessarily reflect sanction of Microsoft Ltd.

    Team Outlook"

    remove

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