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Beware of "Outlook You Just Violated our Terms of Service" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Outlook You Just Violated our Terms of Service" Phishing Scams

Microsoft users, please delete emails like the one below, which claim the recipients have violated Outlook terms and service(TOS). This is because the fake emails are being sent by cybercriminals to trick their potential victims into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials. The scam works by asking the recipients to click on a link in the emails, which goes to the phishing website. If the recipients attempt to sign into the fake website, their account credentials will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam.

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The "Outlook You Just Violated our Terms of Service" Phishing Email

From: Outlook Notifications <info28404@m9.coreserver.jp>

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Subject: You just violated our Terms of Service (TOS) - Rectify

Resent-From: David Mayer <dmayer@asibuildingproducts.net>

Dear

There are some hidden invisible folders in your email that contains malicious contents.

This is currently against our normal terms of services (TOS) and thus is forcing us to take action against you by interrupting your mail service.

These folders are not visible and cannot be removed manually, however it can be removed by following below.

ELIMINATE HIDDEN FOLDERS

Sincerely

© Microsoft Email Center

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.

Hotmail or Microsoft email account users who have received suspicious email messages can verify the authenticity of email messages, but going directly to www.hotmail.com, www.live.com or www.outlook.com and sign into their accounts from there. If there is something wrong with their accounts, they will be notified once they have signed in.

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Remember to forward malicious or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

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  • Posted: Jan 10, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Outlook Notifications <info21238@sv123.wadax.ne.jp>
    Date: January 9, 2018 at 8:19:04 AM PST
    Subject: You just violated our Terms of Service (TOS) - Rectify

    Dear,

    There are some hidden invisible folders in your email that contains malicious contents.

    This is currently against our normal terms of services (TOS) and thus is forcing us to take action against you by interrupting your mail service.

    These folders are not visible and cannot be removed manually, however it can be removed by following below.

    ELIMINATE HIDDEN FOLDERS

    Sincerely

    © Microsoft Email Center"

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 12, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft Terms noreply-mssimple.apcprd01-45797"@d131.dinaserver.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:52:33 AM
    Subject: You just violated our Terms of Service (TOS) - Rectify

    Microsoft Office 365 Policy Violated

    A recent activity on your Microsoft office 365 account has violated the office Terms of Service.

    You have at least 24 hours to review Microsoft Office 365 Terms of service.

    Your email will be disabled from our service if you do not take actions now!

    Please sign in to Office 365 message center to learn more about this policy and what actions you can take.

    TAKE ACTION HERE

    Sincerely,
    The Microsoft Office 365 Team"

    delete


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