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Beware of "Outlook Account Closure Confirmation" Phishing Scam

2017-01-24T11:52:32 -  +
Beware of "Outlook Account Closure Confirmation" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: "Outlook Account Closure Confirmation," which claims that a closure request to terminate the recipients' accounts permanently was received, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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The Phishing Microsoft Outlook Email Message

From: Microsoft account team customersupport@meezanbank.com

Sent: Monday, January 16, 2017 5:53 PM

Subject: Outlook Account Closure Confirmation

Microsoft

Account Confirmation

Dear User,

We received a request from you yesterday to terminate your account permanently and the process has started by our account team.

If you didn't request this, click the button below to cancel the request immediately.

Cancel Request

If you actually request to delete your account, please ignore this email.

Thank you for using Microsoft services..

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

The link in the email message goes to a fake Outlook or Microsoft website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail, Live usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.

If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into account. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

This scam is similar to the following:

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