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"Outlook Group - New Message" Hotmail Phishing Scams

The email message below with the subject: "Outlook Group - New Message," which claims the recipients need to re-activate their e-mail accounts due to a recent upgrade to the new Outlook.com, 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.

Outlook Group - New Message Hotmail Phishing Scams
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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 "Outlook Group - New Message" Phishing Scam

Date: 23 January 2017 18:15:30 GMT
Subject: Outlook Group - New Message (ID: 54L3)

Hotmail upgrading e-mail account – [email address removed]

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://logins.live.com/activate-user-outlook/ User-id-confirmation-5463PMR.wsignin1.login

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.

Thank you for your support,

The Microsoft Security team 2017

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.

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  • January 30, 2017 at 12:40 PM by an anonymous user from: Nanaimo District, British Columbia, Canada

    Yup, that's what I thought when I got it this morning. When in doubt, google the email address it originated from. I never click links anyway.

    Thanks for the info!

  • January 29, 2017 at 5:39 PM by an anonymous user from: Kenora District, Ontario, Canada

    I got one saying that I changed my password and to click on a link. I didn't click it.

  • January 27, 2017 at 1:04 PM by an anonymous user from: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

    Thanks for this info. I'm glad I didn't click the link.

    Frank.

  • January 25, 2017 at 5:33 PM by an anonymous user from: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    If one clicked on this link, what should be the steps to take to rectify this?

    • January 25, 2017 at 7:03 PM by info

      Change your email account password.

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"Outlook Group - New Message" Hotmail Phishing Scams