The email message below: "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION 2017," is a fake. The fake email message was NOT sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, who created the fake email message to frighten their potential victims' into clicking on the link in it, which goes to a phishing website that steals Microsoft Hotmail, Live, or Outlook user names and passwords. So, recipients of the fake email message should not click on the link or follow the instructions in it. The link in the phishing email message will take recipients who have clicked on it to a phishing Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook website, where they will be asked to sign-in. Once the potential victims attempt to sign-in, their email account credentials(usernames and passwords) will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the phishing scam. Once cyber-criminals are in possession of their victims' email account credentials, they will hijack and use their victims' email accounts fraudulently.
The "RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION 2017" Outlook Phishing Scam
From: Outlook © email@example.com
Sent: 10 January 2017 15:18
Subject: RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™ 2017
Verify your account
Your Outlook.com Account needs to be verified to avoid De-activation.
January 2017 00:28:50 -0500
You have less than 24hrs.
Click the button below to continue using this service
Continue with Verification
Attention!! : ACCOUNT OWNER THAT REFUSES TO CONFIRM HIS/HER ACCOUNT AFTER 24 HRS OF RECEIVING THIS WARNING WILL LOSE HIS OR HER ACCOUNT PERMANENTLY. DO NOT IGNORE THIS NOTICE.
Thanks for using Outlook
The Microsoft account team
Copyright © 2017 Microsoft.
All the best,The Outlook Teams
Microsoft users who were tricked into entering their user names and passwords on the fake or phishing Outlook website are asked to change their password immediately.
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