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Beware of Microsoft Account Update or Verification Alerts Phishing Scams

2016-08-29T23:04:54 -  +
Beware of Microsoft Account Update or Verification Alerts Phishing Scams

The email message below with the subject: "Account Update Alert!(2016)" or "Microsoft verification alert," which claims that the recipients' e-mail accounts are currently not upgraded and will be suspended, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it and not to follow the instructions in it.

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The "Microsoft Verification Alert" Phishing Email Message

From: Outlook.com . reambs@hotmail.com
Sent: 28 August 2016 14:46
To: Outlook.com
Subject: 193334 - ACCOUNT UPDATE ALERT! (2016)

Microsoft verification alert

Your e-mail account is currently not upgraded.

Kindly sign in below for upgrade to avoid account suspension.

UPGRADE

Thank you for using Microsoft services.

Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our Privacy Statement.

Microsoft Corporation

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052

Copyright © 2016 Microsoft

The link in the email message opens a fake Outlook or Microsoft 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 Outlook, Hotmail, Live 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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  • Posted: May 10, 2018 at 1:25 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Outlook.com
    Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:15:55 AM
    Subject: Outlook Email Account Verification Update!

    Outlook Logo
    Dear Outlook User,

    Our record indicates that you recently made a request to deactivate your email account and this request will be processed shortly.

    If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, please you are advised to cancel the request now.

    Please kindly review your outlook e-mail account by following the reference link below to cancel de-activation.

    https://login.live.com/login.srf?sf=1&id/outlook/account/
    Please do not reply to this message. For questions, we will contact you as soon as possible.

    However, if you do not cancel this request, your outlook account will be de-activated shortly and all your email data will be lost permanently.

    Thanks,
    © 2018 Outlook Account Team™"

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 11, 2017 at 2:35 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Administrator accountfied@kaunitzcpas.com
    Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:39 AM
    Subject: Final Alert

    Microsoft Account

    We've run into a problem with your Account Verification, and we need your help to fix it.

    What do you need to do?

    You need to login securely below and your account will be Verified automatically.

    Verify your account here

    Thank you!
    Microsoft"

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 6, 2017 at 10:22 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Outlook Team
    Sent: 01 February 2017 01:25 PM
    Subject: E-mail Upgrade

    Microsoft final warning verification alert
    Your e-mail account is currently not upgraded.

    Kindly sign in below for upgrade to avoid account suspension.

    UPGRADE
    Thank you for using Microsoft services.

    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our Privacy Statement

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052
    Copyright © 2016 Microsoft"

    delete