"Microsoft Outlook Cancel Request" Phishing Scam

Microsft Outlook users who have received emails like the one below, which claim that a request to terminate their accounts will process, is a phishing scam. The scam has been created by cybercriminals to steal Microsoft Outlook usernames and passwords, by tricking potential victims into visiting a fake Microsoft website.

Microsoft Outlook Cancel Request Phishing Scam
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The "Microsoft Outlook Cancel Request" Phishing Scam

From: Outlook-Staff-Microsoft-ID1827@ship.edu

Date: 3 Nov 2017 10:51

Subject: Deactivation warning To All Employees, Students/Staff ! [Nov.03.2017]

Dear,

Outlook Cancel Request.

Our records indicate that you recently made a request, to terminate your account. We will process your request shortly.

You will lose all emails associated with your account. If you have no knowledge about this request process, kindly cancel the request below.

Cancel Request or confirm click to here

Thank You !

OUTLOOK ITSERVICE DEPARTMENT

Outlook! Member Service ©2017

The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Outlook, which will ask potential victims to sign-in. But, any attempt to sign-in will result in the potential victims' account credentials being sent to the cyber-criminals behind the scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts and use them maliciously or fraudulently.

Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead go directly to their email accounts at www.outlook.com and sign-in from there. After signing in, if there is something wrong with their accounts, it will be shown to them.

Microsoft users who have already been tricked are asked to change their Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook password immediately. If they are unable to do so, they may click here for help regaining access to their accounts.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:04 PM by info

    "Email Admin <joescritters@hotmail.com>

    Sat 8/24/2019 10:26 AM

    email.security.service@hotmail.com

    CANCELLATION 08/24/2019!

    Our record indicates that you mistakenly made a request to shutdown your e-mail on 08/24/2019 and this request will be processed shortly.

    If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are advised to cancel the request now.

    Cancel request to avoid automatic closure

    LAST WARNING: if you do not cancel this request within 24hour's your account will be shutdown shortly and all your email data will be lost permanently.

    CANCELLATION WILL BE SUCCESSFUL...

    Thanks for using service."

    Here is another scam.

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