Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

The email message below: "Microsoft account unusual sign-in activity," is a fake. The email message was NOT sent by Microsoft and is a phishing scam created by cybercriminals to steal Microsoft, MSN, Hotmail, Live or Outlook usernames and passwords. Therefore, recipients of the fake email message are asked not to click on the links or follow the instructions in it. Microsoft email users who have received similar emails and who want to know if there is something actually wrong with their accounts, may go directly to, or and sign into their accounts. If there is something wrong, or if there is something that needs to be done on their accounts, they will be notified after signing in.

Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

It is recommended that Microsoft Hotmail, Live or Outlook users never click on a link to sign into their accounts. They should go directly to, or sign-in from there instead.

The "Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity" Phishing Scam

From: Outlook Administrator
Date: September 8, 2016 at 8:46:48 AM EDT
Subject: Microsoft account unusual sign-in activity

Unusual Activity Detected

We detected something unusual about a recent activity to the Microsoft account. To help keep you safe, we required an extra security challenge. You will need to verify your Microsoft email account below to confirm that the recent activity was yours and to regain access and enjoy our unlimited service.

Verify Now

What happened?

Using a shared computer to access your account.

Logging in your microsoft account from blacklisted IP.

Not logging off your account after usage.

Thanks for using your Microsoft account to bring the people who matter most together in one place. You can change your connection settings anytime and find more ways to connect at fourteen/genericons/font/dirrect.php.

See you online,
The Microsoft team

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August 14, 2019 at 9:46 AM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam


We Have Detected Unusual Activity With Your Windows Account on Your Computer.

Login Has Occurred on 08/10/2019 @ 5:23 AM EST From IP: 128.58.457.54 Geo

Location Found: Eastern Russia.

If This Was Not You Please Call the Windows Security Team at 1-858-451-4210.

(Be at your computer)

Windows Security Team


Here is another scam.


August 13, 2019 at 12:47 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam
an anonymous user from: Webster, New York, United States

This appears to be another similar message:

"Account unusual sign-in activity


We Have Detected Unusual Activity With Your Windows Account on Your Computer.

Login Has Occurred on 08/10/2019 @ 5:23 AM EST From IP: 128.58.457.54 Geo

Location Found: Eastern Russia.

If This Was Not You Please Call the Windows Security Team at 1-858-451-4210.

(Be at your computer)

Windows Security Team



August 13, 2019 at 12:55 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

Yes, it is another scam.


July 12, 2019 at 8:14 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

"From: Microsoft <>

Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:52 AM

Subject: Microsoft Office 365 Sign-In Activity

Make business tasks easier | View it online

Microsoft Office 365 Sign-In Activity

Microsoft takes securing your email service seriously, your mail servers reported unusual email activity we'd like you to address, click to view reports below


View Report

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Outlook Customer Manager

Automatically organizes information,

Here is another scam.


October 7, 2018 at 10:58 AM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

Here is another scam:

"Security Information

Outlook service <>

Today, 7:58 AM

Dear subscriber,

We have detected an unusual recent connection to your Microsoft account. For security reasons your mail will be temporarily blocked in order to continue using our services, please follow the procedure Click here

Thank you for using our services

Copyright 2018"


August 21, 2018 at 4:48 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: -Hotmail- Office Support <>

Date: 21 August 2018 at 14:22:31 BST

Subject: Temporary error: Email Delivery failed!


Unusual sign-in activity


We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the Microsoft account.

Review recent activity

The information in this electronic e.Mail message is private and confidential, and only intended for the addressee.


Nick Lane

MicrosoftOutlook account team"


June 15, 2018 at 3:58 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam
an anonymous user from: Fullerton, California, United States

This must be a scam:

"Microsoft account team <> Unsubscribe

12:02 PM (1 hour ago)

to me

Microsoft account

Unusual sign-in activity

We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the Microsoft account ***

details

Country/region: Vietnam

IP address:

Date: 6/15/2018 12:02 PM (PST)

Platform: Windows

Browser: Firefox

Please go to your recent activity page to let us know whether or not this was you. If this wasn't you, we'll help you secure your account. If this was you, we'll trust similar activity in the future.

Review recent activity

To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.


The Microsoft account team


July 10, 2019 at 2:06 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam
an anonymous user from: Ulster Park, New York, United States

Just got this one. Different details, but same exact format. Figured it was a scam, email pushed it to my "junk" folder. Just looked over my MS account (not through their "Review Recent Activity" link, of course), everything looks normal. Figured I'd do some additional digging to be sure.

Thanks for the info.


June 20, 2018 at 7:44 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam
an anonymous user from: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

I got a similar email (claiming that my account was signed into from Vietnam as well, but a different IP address) - only, my account is with Gmail!

They must have gotten something mixed up there...Usually such emails come from Google. I did click the link (silly me!) but didn't enter passwords or anything. Hopefully my computer will be okay...


June 20, 2018 at 10:10 PM by
Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam

Yes, you are OK.


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Microsoft Account Unusual Sign-in Activity Scam