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Beware of "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016‏‏‏" Hotmail/Outlook Phishing Scam

2016-02-11T11:54:31 -  +
Beware of "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016‏‏‏" Hotmail/Outlook Phishing Scam

The email message below: "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016‏‏‏," is a fake. The fake email message was NOT sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, who created the fake email message to steal their potential victims' Microsoft Hotmail, Live, or Outlook user names and passwords. So, recipients of the fake email message should not not click on the link or follow the instructions in it. The link in the phishing email message will take recipients who have clicked on it, to a phishing Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook website, where they will be asked to sign-in. Once the potential victims attempt to sign-in, their email account credentials(usernames and passwords) will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the phishing scam. Once cyber-criminals are in possession of their victims' email account credentials, they will hijack and use their victims' email accounts fraudulently.

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The Hotmail/Outlook Phishing Email Message Scam

From: lmj_111@hotmail.com
Subject: RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016‏‏‏
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:20:04 +0000

RESET ALERT

Dear Account User,

We need to be sure if you are the real owner of this account so please verify your account now.

Please Login Here to continue verification.

Thanks,

Copyright 2016 Inc.

If you were tricked into entering your user name and password on the fake or phishing Hotmail/Outlook website, please change your password immediately.

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  • Posted: Jan 13, 2017 9:43 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Denver, Colorado, United States

    Here's the message I received. It looked immediately suspicious to me. I'm posting it here so readers can see the variations:


    "Dear Customer,

    Your Windows Live Email account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified within 24 hours, we shall suspend your account.
    Click here to verify your email account now

    Thank you

    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

    Sent from Outlook"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 8, 2016 4:28 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia

    My daughter had been receiving emails from me but had an address from hotmail address which i dont use. I contacted hotmail support and after agreeing to allow remote access they said my computer was full of viruses and i needed to have it cleaned up. They hit me with the cost of cleaning my computer hundreds of dollars.

    delete


    • Posted: Nov 8, 2016 4:51 PM by info

      You were trick by cybercrooks. Please have someone check your computer to determine if the cybercrooks installed malicious software on your computer.

      There is no Microsoft technical support that asks people for remote access to their computers. And, never allow a stranger remote access to your computer.

      delete


  • Posted: Oct 30, 2016 9:31 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Tacoma, Washington, United States

    I have received almost daily requests to confirm my account, and today I got this so-called Final Notice:

    "Microsoft final warning verification alert
    Your e-mail account is currently not upgraded.

    Kindly sign in below for upgrade to avoid account suspension.

    UPGRADE

    Thank you for using Microsoft services.

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

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Hounslow, England, United Kingdom

    Received this email today 10th October 2016. It says it's a final warning, but it's the first time I've heard of it!

    "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016
    Microsoft final warning verification alert
    Your e-mail account is currently not upgraded.

    Kindly sign in below for upgrade to avoid account suspension.


    UPGRADE
    Thank you for using Microsoft services.

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

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 9, 2016 3:45 PM by info

    Another phishing scam:

    "From: Microsoft Account
    Date: October 8, 2016 at 6:05:05 AM MDT
    To: "noreply@hotmail.inc"
    Subject: RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2016

    Microsoft Final Warning Verification Alert
    Your e-mail account is currently not upgraded.

    Kindly sign in below for upgrade to avoid account suspension.

    UPGRADE HERE

    Thank you for using Microsoft services.
    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read
    our Privacy Statement"

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 23, 2016 3:51 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Ezemaal, Flanders, Belgium

    Here is another variant received this morning in BELGIUM:

    >>SCAM
    "Microsoft account
    Verify your account

    We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to your Microsoft account. For example, you might be signing in from a new location, device, or app.

    To help keep you safe, we need you verify that this is your Microsoft account to continue using your account, click the button below to verify your Microsoft account.

    Continue[Link]

    Note: Failure to verify your account within the next 48th hours we lead to your to the termination of your account and all your information will be deleted completely.

    Thanks,
    The Microsoft account team."

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:04 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Chester, Vermont, United States

    I received the below message this morning:

    "Dear User,
    We received a request to terminate your account and this request will be processed in the next 24hours.

    Please visit the link UPDATE NOW if this request is a mistake to avoid the close down of your account and keep enjoying our services.

    Thanks,
    Microsoft Team"

    I made no such request, did NOT push the 'UPDATE NOW' button, and presume this is like the scam you described above, and so am going to delete the message. The message came with no way to reply, except to push the 'UPDATE NOW' button.

    My response to their request is, I hope, the proper one, since they said my 'request' (which I never made) would be processed within 24 hours, in other words, there was a 'time limit' threat imposed, along with the letter.

    Thank you,
    Stephen.

    delete


    • Posted: Aug 18, 2016 3:10 PM by info

      It is just another phishing email sent by cybercriminals; do not believe it. Click here to learn more.

      delete


  • Posted: Aug 8, 2016 9:57 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: reambs@hotmail.com
    Subject: RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™
    Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:49:23 -0400

    Dear user,

    Your account has exceeded its storage limit as set by our Administrator, and you might not be able to receive new emails until you Re-Validate your account to avoid deactivation and irregular received of message. Please click on the link below to Re-Validate your account. Click Here

    Signed,
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2016 Inc.
    All rights reserved. Ter"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 22, 2016 9:58 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- start of scam --
    From: Outlook.Team 2016
    Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:09 PM
    Subject: RESET CONFIRMATION™ 2016‏

    Dear Customer,

    Your Windows Live Email account has exceeded
    its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified
    within 24 hours, we shall suspend your account.
    Click here to verify your email account now

    Thank you

    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

    delete


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