Beware of "Notification of Account Suspension" Outlook Security Issue Phishing Scam

Beware of "Notification of Account Suspension" Outlook Security Issue Phishing Scam

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The email message below with the subject: "Notification of account suspension‏," which appears as if it came from Microsoft Outlook, claiming the recipients' email accounts have been suspended, is a phishing scam. The phishing email scam was sent by cyber-criminals and not by Outlook or Microsoft, to steal Outlook users’ account credentials by frightening them into clicking on a link that the cyber-thieves claim will update the recipients' accounts and fix the problem. So, recipients of the same email message should delete it and should never follow the instructions in it.

The Microsoft Outlook Security Issue Phishing Scam

From: Outlook Security Issue <ID131SX3 @m.outlook.com>
Sent: 20 June 2016 21:37
Subject: Notification of account suspension‏

Outlook Security Issue

Dear <email address removed>

We are writing to alert you that your Outlook account has been suspended.to remove any restrictions, you need to confirm your email address and log-in using the following link:

Confirm your account

© 2016 Outlook. All Rights Reserved

The links in the phishing email message will take potential victims to a fake Microsoft Outlook website created by cyber-criminals.The fake website will ask potential victims to submit their user names, email address, password, phone number and zip code. If the potential victims enter the requested information, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use it to hijack the victims’ Outlook accounts and use the accounts fraudulently.

Outlook users who were already tricked by the phishing scam, should change their Outlook account passwords immediately. And, for those Outlook users who are unable to change their passwords, should click here to contact Microsoft Outlook.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • June 7, 2017 at 5:16 PM by an anonymous user from Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany

    I have received the following email today:

    "Outlook Security Issue
    This message is from Hotmail Customer care messaging center, to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base servers, and e-mail account center.
    We are deleting all unused Hotmail accounts to create more space for new accounts.
    You will have to Authenticate your Hotmail Account below to show you are human and to prevent a permanent closure of this email address, you need to confirm your email adress and log-in using the following link:"

    I can see there are a couple of spelling mistakes, so this looks like a scam, but I'm still not convinced it is. Should I ignore this? Is it really from Outlook Security?

    Many thanks


    • June 7, 2017 at 6:15 PM by info

      It is a scam.


  • December 29, 2016 at 7:31 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Msn Team
    Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 6:58 PM
    Subject: Account Closure
    To: noreply@hotmail.com
    Security alert

    Protecting your account is a matter taking seriously.

    Due to recent activities going on in your account we here by suspend your account from sending and receiving of messages.if you do not update your account in the next 24 hours you will lose access to your account totally.

    Follow the account service link below:
    Click Here
    Email Service


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