The email message below which claims that the recipients' Hotmail accounts might have been used by someone, which have generated multiple password errors, is a phishing scam created to steal Hotmail user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft Hotmail, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack Hotmail email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete and do not follow the instructions in it.
The Phishing Microsoft Hotmail Email Message
From: Microsft Account Team
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:24 AM
Subject: Microsoft Account Team
Someone else might have use your account and multiple password errors have been entered, So we need to verify that it's yours. Please you have to Verify Now to avoid the close down of your account and keep enjoying our services. VERIFY NOW and confirm again the validity of your Microsoft Windows Live® On-line Account.
The Microsoft Account Team
The link in the email message goes to a fake Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their Microsoft Hotmail usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.
If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into account. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.
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