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"Windows Live Team Your Account will be Closed" Phishing Scam

The email message below which claims that the recipients' Windows Live email accounts will be closed, is a phishing scam that has been sent by cybercriminals to their potential victims, to steal their Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook usernames and passwords. Once the cybercriminals have gotten the stolen usernames and passwords, they will hijack email accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not to follow the instructions in it.

Windows Live Team Your Account will be Closed Phishing Scam
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The "Windows Live Team Your Account will be Closed" Phishing Scam

Šalje: Windows live Team <odilbrok@mail.ru>

Poslano: 17. listopada 2017. 4:23

Prima: member_service

Predmet: ❶✉ YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CLOSED

Email account

Account expired

Your email will be closed at 20/10/2017

Dear Attn User

This message is being sent to you to inform you that your account will expire on 20/10/2017

If you want to continue using this account, please upgrade to our services. Ignoring this message will cause the account to be closed

Update your account

Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message

Thank you

Security account team

The links in the email messages go 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 cybercriminals 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 at www.outlook.com, instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into it.

Now, if you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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  • August 23, 2020 at 12:51 AM by info

    "From: Account Update <histeen2@msn.com>

    Date: August 21, 2020 at 9:05:44 PM GMT 8

    To: "microsoft@service.com" <microsoft@service.com>

    Subject: New Microsoft World

    

    Outlook/Hotmail

    Dear user,

    We want to inform you that the expiration date of email will be August 22th, 2020.

    When the expiration date has elapsed, the following services will be disabled:

    * Sending and receiving messages

    * Web applications that have been linked to your account

    Renewal is free

    RENEW HERE NOW? "

    Another scam

  • February 22, 2019 at 12:26 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - - - -

    From: WINDOWS LIVE TEAM <chahirfk-9@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Friday, February 22, 2019 2:29:37 PM

    Subject: FINAL 2019 UPDATE IN PROGRESS!

    Dear user ID (...)

    We want to inform you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on your mailbox because you have refuse to update your account security. We might be forced to lock up your mailbox this time around if you ignore this notice...

    Update Here

    This restriction will be disabled immediately we confirm your security update is successful.

    Your security is our primary concern.

    Thanks.

    E-mail Security Team

  • March 17, 2018 at 9:25 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - Ursprüngliche Nachricht -

    Von: Account Security <sjcowan@hotmail.com>

    Datum: 12.03.2018 6:45 (GMT 01:00)

    An: user@outlook.com

    Betreff: Email Security Settings Changed

    Your Email will expire on MARCH 16, 2018

    Kindly update your security or your mailbox will be terminated. This is your final notice.

    DO NOT IGNORE!

    UPDATE SECURITY

    Thank you for using our services.

    Windows team 2018

  • March 17, 2018 at 9:24 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - Ursprüngliche Nachricht -

    Von: process Verification <beanabi@hotmail.com>

    Datum: 14.03.2018 13:19 (GMT 01:00)

    An: account@accountverification.com

    Betreff: FINAL REMINDER!

    MICROSOFT UPDATE

    Attention User,

    This Message is Sent to you to INFORM you that Your Account will expire on 20/3/2018 .

    If you wish to continue using this Account, Please Upgrade, to Our Services. Ignoring this message will cause the account to be closed

    Update your account

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message

    Thank you

    Security account team

  • March 6, 2018 at 1:02 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Office365 <pfc777@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 7:41:55 AM

    To: securityconfirmation@microsoftcommunity.com

    Subject: ✉ YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CLOSED SOON (06/3/2018)

    E-mail Update

    Starting from 06/03/2018 you won't be able to sign in to your email account unless you fix this urgent issue now.

    Please confirm this request to complete our deactivation process:

    Yes, I would like to update my account

    No I will not complete this request, Cancel update request

    This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm update successful.

    Thank you,

    The email security team."

  • January 26, 2018 at 5:45 PM by an anonymous user from: Santiago, Region Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

    Thanks guys! I knew it didn't smell right...

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"Windows Live Team Your Account will be Closed" Phishing Scam