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Beware of "Important Outlook Info" Email Phishing Scam

2016-05-27T19:04:35 -  +
Beware of "Important Outlook Info" Email Phishing Scam

Outlook or Hotmail users, please be aware of the phishing email message below, which claims that Microsoft Outlook will discontinue support on the recipients' accounts, which will block the recipients from sending or receiving emails if they do not verify their accounts. The phishing email message is being sent by cyber criminals to frighten recipients into clicking on a link within the same email message. The link in the fake email message goes to a phishing website that will ask the recipients who have clicked on it to sign-in with their user names and passwords to cancel the termination request.

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But, once the requested information is submitted, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the phishing scam. To protect against phishing scams, online users are asked to never click on a link to sign into their online accounts. They should instead, go directly to their online account provider's website by typing the website's address in their web browsers or use a popular search engine to find their online provider's website.

The Phishing “Important Outlook Info” Email Message

From: CUSTOMER CARE
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:05 PM
Subject: Important Outlook Info

Dear Outlook User,

This is to inform you for the final time that on 27th May 2016, Microsoft Outlook will discontinue support on your account and security.

If you choose not to verify your account on or before 27th May 2016, your email will be blocked and you will not be able to read and send emails from the 28th of May 2016, and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.

Take a minute to verify your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

verify your account

Thanks for using Microsoft service

Regards,

Hotmail Member Service .

Once cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims’ account credentials (usernames and passwords), they will use it to hijack their Microsoft accounts and use them fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the phishing email message who were tricked into clicking on the link within it and have attempted to sign into the phishing or fake website that they were taken, are asked to change their Microsoft account passwords immediately, before they are hijacked and used fraudulently by cyber criminals.

Hotmail or Microsoft email account users who have received suspicious email messages can verify the authenticity of email messages, but going directly to www.hotmail.com, www.live.com or www.outlook.com and sign into their accounts from there. If there is something wrong with their accounts, they will be notified once they have signed in.

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  • Posted: 2017-05-15T06:02:08 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Administration Office
    Sent: Monday, 15 May 2017 6:47 PM
    To: account_user@hotmail.com
    Subject: URGENT PROBLEM

    This is to inform you for the final time that on 20th May 2017, We will discontinue support on your account and security.

    If you choose not to renew your account on or before 20th May 2017, your email will be blocked and you will not be able to read and send emails from the 20th of May 2017, and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.

    Take a minute to renew your account for a faster, safer and full-featured experience.

    Renew Your Account

    Thanks for using service

    Regards,
    Customer Member Service."

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  • Posted: 2016-10-05T18:03:34 by an anonymous user from or near: Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

    In the same line, this is e-mail received from following address: noreply@outlookinfo.com

    "Subject: Incoming Emails on Hold (IMPORTANT)

    Dear User,
    Our record indicates your account is not updated, which may lead to the close down of your account.

    Please visit the link Verify Now to avoid the close down of your account and keep enjoying our services


    Sincerely,
    Outlook Team"

    delete


    • Posted: 2016-10-05T20:46:53 by info

      It is also a scam.

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  • Posted: 2016-06-24T06:40:46 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- start of email --
    From: bobbyrashidymyman@ hotmail.com
    To: account-no-reply@ hotmail.com
    Subject: URGENT NOTICE
    Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:17:22 0000

    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you for the final time that on 25th of June 2016, Microsoft Outlook will discontinue support on your account and security.

    If you choose not to verify your account on or before 25th of June 2016, your email will be blocked and you will not be able to read and send emails from the 26th of June 2016, and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.
    -- end of email --

    delete


  • Posted: 2016-06-02T15:29:33 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- start of scam --

    From: CUSTOMER CARE
    Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:48 AM
    To: account.user@ hotmail.com
    Subject: Important Outlook Info

    Dear Outlook User,


    This is to inform you for the final time that on 2nd of June 2016, Microsoft Outlook will discontinue support on your account and security.

    If you choose not to verify your account on or before 2nd June 2016, your email will be blocked and you will not be able to read and send emails from the 3rd of June 2016, and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.

    Take a minute to verify your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

    verify your account

    Thanks for using Microsoft service


    Regards,
    Hotmail Member Service .

    -- end of scam --

    delete