"Microsoft Verification Alert" Phishing Scam

Advertisement

The email message below with the subject: "Microsoft verification alert," which claims the recipients need to verify their outdated email account version to prevent account closure, is a phishing scam sent by cybercriminals, and not by Microsoft. The fake email message was created by cybercriminals to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on the link within it. The link goes to a phishing website or a fake website looking like Microsoft’s website, created by cybercriminals to trick potential victims into entering their Microsoft account usernames and passwords on it, by asking them to sign in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cybercriminals.

Microsoft Verification Alert Phishing Scam
Advertisement

Once cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims’ account credentials (usernames and passwords), they will use it to hijack their Microsoft accounts and use them fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the phishing email message (see below) who were tricked into clicking on the link within it and have attempted to sign into the phishing or fake website that they were taken, are asked to change their Microsoft account passwords immediately, before they are hijacked and used fraudulently by cybercriminals.

The "Update to 2017 Outlook - Microsoft Security info" Phishing Scam

From: Outlook abdco@live.com

Date: 12/01/2017 10:41 (GMT+07:00)

To: norelpy@hotmail.com

Subject: MICROSOFT VERIFICATION ALERT.

Microsoft verification alert!

Hi User,

Your Mail version is outdated, failure to verify will lead to permanent account closure because our Administrator is shutting down every unverified e-mail address on its server soon.

VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT NOW

Enjoy the Microsoft experience.

Thanks,

Microsoft Team

Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://account.microsoft.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified. This is will prevent Microsoft users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steal account credentials.

Check the comment section below for additional information, share what you know, or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. And, to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search Search engine.

Note: Some of the information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.
Would you share this article with others?  +

DonateHelp maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

Comments, Questions, Answers, or Reviews

Comments (Total: 5)

To protect your privacy, please do not post or remove sensitive information in or from your comments, questions, or reviews. NB: We will use your IP address to display your approximate location to other users. That location is not enough to find you.

Your comment, answer, or review will be set as anonymous because you are not signed in. An anonymous comment, answer, or review cannot be edited or deleted, therefore, review it carefully before posting. Sign-in.

The comments, reviews or answers below do not necessarily reflect the views of Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

  • June 10, 2019 at 11:53 AM by info

    "From: Outlook Security Team <Mona_guenther@t-online.de>

    Sent: Monday, June 10, 2019 12:13:27 PM

    To: Recipients

    Subject: Please sign in to your Outlook account

    Microsoft Verification Alert

    We noticed some unusual activity in your Outlook.com account. To help protect you, we've temporarily blocked your account.

    Why are you seeing this?

    Someone may have used your account to send out a lot of junk emails or something else that violates our Terms of Service.

    How can you unblock your account?

    The fastest way to unblock your Outlook.com account is to Verify your account.

    If you haven't setup a mobile phone in your account, please contact Customer Support.

    Thanks,

    The Outlook.com Team"

    Received this scam.

  • April 23, 2018 at 12:33 PM by an anonymous user from: Wayne, Michigan, United States

    I do not know if this is a scam or not. I never asked microsoft to verify but it says maccount@microsoft.com, is it a scam?

    • April 23, 2018 at 1:23 PM by info

      Yes, it is a scam. And, although the email appears to have been sent from a Microsoft account, it was not. It was actually spoofed.

      Use the Search above to find information about email spoofing.

  • August 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM by an anonymous user from: Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada

    Same scam... Click Here leads to phony sign in page, located on wix.com

    "FROM: Micro-soft

    Karen Cappelan

    Outlook

    Dear account User,

    A few of your incoming mails were placed on pending status due to the recent upgrade on our database. In order to receive your messages,

    click on the link below to login and wait for response from Webmail.

    CLICK HERE

    We apologies for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

    Thank You.

    Copyright © 2017 Webmail .Inc . All rights reserved.​"

  • May 29, 2017 at 4:41 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:10:44 AM

    Subject: 193334 - ACCOUNT UPDATE ALERT! (2017)

    Microsoft verification alert

    IMPORTANT MAIL UPDATE,

    Dear Customer:,

    Note:

    Your e-mail account will expire at the end of the month. Order to remain active, Use the following link to update your account

    Thank you for using Outlook Account.

    Copyright 2017 Outlook. All Rights Reserved"

Comments Show More Comments (4)

Write Your Comment, Question, Answer, or Review

Recommendation / Advertisement
"Microsoft Verification Alert" Phishing Scam