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Beware of "Microsoft 2016 Outlook Support - Security Info Replacement" Phishing Scam

2016-03-20T23:07:29 -  +
Beware of "Microsoft 2016 Outlook Support - Security Info Replacement" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: "Security info replacement," is a phishing scam, which was created and sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients’ email account username and password. Once cyber-criminals have gotten their victims’ email account credentials, they will hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the fake email message should delete it and never attempt to click on the links or follow the instructions in it.

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Recipients of the fake email message, who have already followed the instructions in it, should change their email account's password immediately. Also, the website: "useroutlookserver .33re.dyndns-mail.com," where the links in the fake email message will take potential victims to, should never be visited.

The Phishing 2016 Outlook Support Email Message

From: 2016 Outlook Support
Sent: ‎20/‎03/‎2016 20:35
Subject: # Security info replacement #

[[ - Security info replacement -

[[Someone started a process to replace all of the security info for the Microsoft account rebeccaquine@hotmail.com .

[[If this was you, you can safely ignore this email. Your security info will be replaced with 1000359701 when the 30-day waiting period is up.

[[If this wasn't you, someone else might be trying to take over [email address removed] . Click here: http://useroutlookserver .33re.dyndns-mail.com/ and we'll help you protect this account.

[[2016 The Microsoft account team

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  • Posted: Jan 2, 2017 at 8:50 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

    I am assuming the below e-mail is a scam because of the address...can someone confirm this at all?

    "OUTLOOK SECURITY
    account-no-reply@hotmail.com
    Microsoft Outlook

    Dear Outlook User,

    We received a request from you to update your security information. If this request was not sent by you, follow the reference below to cancel the request.

    Cancel Request

    Ignore this message if the request was sent by you. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by our server mix-up problems. We are doing our best to avoid future occurrences.

    Enjoy the Microsoft experience.

    To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.

    Thanks for using Microsoft service,
    Microsoft Account Team,
    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft"

    delete


    • Posted: Jan 2, 2017 at 9:13 PM by info

      It is a phishing scam; delete the email.

      When you are unsure about an email regarding your Microsoft account, instead of clicking on the link in it, just sign into your account. Once you are signed in, you will be notified of updates or other important notifications.

      delete


      • Posted: Jan 2, 2017 at 9:22 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

        Thank you very much for the confirmation. I didn't click on any links in the e-mail...but I did compare it to the address/formatting of previous legitimate e-mails from when I did make changes. I appreciate you answering my question so quickly! Have a Happy New Year!!

        delete


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