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Beware of "Account update - Verification Due to Recent Upgrade in our Database" Phishing Scam

Beware of "Account update - Verification Due to Recent Upgrade in our Database" Phishing Scam

Recipients of the email message below with the subject: "Account update," which claims Outlook is conducting a verification check due to recent database upgrade, are asked to delete the email and not follow the instructions in it. The fake email message is a phishing scam sent by cyber-criminals to trick recipients into sending them their personal information, which the cyber-crooks will use to scam the same recipients.

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The Outlook or Hotmail Phishing Email

From: Outlook Team database931@
Date: April 1, 2016 at 11:00:53 PM PDT
To: database@
Subject: Account update

We are conducting a verification due to recent upgrade in our database. Reconfirm your email account so that it will be recorded in our new database system to avoid losing your account permanently.

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It is important that online or internet users know that in order to protect themselves against phishing scams, they should never click on a link to sign into your online accounts. They should instead, go directly to their online accounts’ website and sign into their accounts from there. If there is a problem with their accounts, they will be notified as soon as they have signed in.

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