The email message below, which claims a request to delete the recipients' Microsoft Hotmail, Outlook or Live accounts will be processed within 48 hours, is a phishing scam. The fake email message was created and sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients’ email account username and password, by frightening them into clicking on the "Cancel Request" link in it, which goes to a fake Microsoft website that steals account credentials. 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.
Recipients of the fake email message, who have already followed the instructions in it, should change their email account's password immediately. And, should never click on a link to sign in their Microsoft accounts. They should go directly to www.outlook.com, www.live.com or www.hotmail.com instead. Once signed in, Microsoft will notify them of any activity.
The Phishing Microsoft Account Email Message
Subject: Microsoft Account: Your request is in progress
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:26:03 +0100
We received your request to delete your account
We will process your request within 48 hours.
All features associated with your account will be lost.
If you didn't make this request, Kindly cancel Request to continue using our services.
The Microsoft account team
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