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Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail Account Authentication Database Server Upgrade

Cyber-criminal are sending out the email message below, which claims that Windows Outlook, Live or Hotmail is currently upgrading their database servers to delete all unused Microsoft Hotmail, Live or Outlook accounts to create more space for new accounts. And, the recipients need to authenticate their accounts in order to prove that they are humans in order to prevent permanent closure, is a phishing scam. The fake email message was sent by cybercriminal to frighten and trick the recipients to click the link within it, which goes to a phishing website (a fake Windows Live, Hotmail or Outlook website) that steals usernames and passwords. Once the cybercriminals get hold of their potential victims’ email account user names and passwords, they will hijack their email accounts and use them fraudulently. Legitimate companies will never ask their users to send them their passwords via email message. Therefore, if an email message requests such information, it was sent by a cybercriminal.

Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail Account Authentication Database Server Upgrade
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Recipients of the fake email message, who were already tricked by it into sending the cybercrimes their email account user names and passwords, should change their email account passwords immediately before their accouts are hijacked.

The Fake “Windows Live Hotmail Account Authentication Database Server Upgrade” Email Message

From: Outlook Team BearlyReadBooks@hotmail.com
Sent: Saturday, September 3, 2016 11:28 PM
To: Outlook Team
Subject: Email Alert

Windows Live Hotmail - click on ''Show content'' above if you wish to get a better html view

Welcome to Hotmail

The efficient way to do email

Windows Live Account Authentication:

Dear Hotmail Account User,

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.

Do not click on external links, authentication should be done using the authenticate button below. Successfully authenticated addresses will be automatically notified via inbox.

Click here to Authenticate

Warning!

Account owners who do not authenticate their account after a month of receiving this update will have his or her account terminated.

Hotmail is committed to protecting your privacy. Your sensitive details will not be shared with any third party.

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

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  • January 27, 2017 at 12:24 PM by an anonymous user from: Markham, Ontario, Canada

    I received this email today Jan 27, 2017. Is it from Microsoft? Thanks.

    "1 New message - (ID-26HRM)

    Canada-OutlookGroup.264.SentMessagesToAllMembers26472 @hprc.external.hp.com

    Hotmail server upgrading e-mail account xxxxxx@hotmail.com

    We have recently upgraded all our customer e-mail addresses to the new Outlook.com. Due to this your Hotmail e-mail account needs to be re-activated.

    You can do this by just simply logging in on the link below:

    https://www.logins.live.com/ activate-xxxxxx@hotmail.com-login26472.srf

    Note: If your e-mail account is not activated within 2 working days it may expire.

    This is a compulsory process that affects all our customers.

    Outlook IT Security Team 2017"

    • January 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM by info

      It is a scam.

  • January 23, 2017 at 12:38 PM by an anonymous user from: Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

    I had a similar email that said all hotmail accounts are being upgraded to the new Outlook.com. And I have to log into the link to be reactivated.. If I don't, my account may expire in 2 days.it is signed off from 'The Microsoft Security Team 2017. I am ignoring it as it sounds too much like this scam.

    • January 23, 2017 at 2:34 PM by an anonymous user from: Huntington, West Virginia, United States

      Thank you for your question. I got the same email and have been searching for proof that my scam suspicions were correct.

    • January 23, 2017 at 12:52 PM by info

      It is a scam. If Outlook is upgrading, there is no need for the users to reactivate or do anything to their accounts, because Outlook is web based.

      • January 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM by an anonymous user from: West Des Moines, Iowa, United States

        Thanks, I also got the same email. Be careful, as usual.

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