The "Hotmail Software Upgrade Confirmation" Phishing Scam
From: Microsoft Hotmail Support <email@example.com>
Sent: 04 November 2017 17:33
Subject: Confirmation Required
Technical services of HOTMAIL are carrying out a planned software upgrade.
We earnestly ask you to visit the following link to start the procedure of confirmation on customers data.
To get started, please click the link below:
This instruction has been sent to all HOTMAIL users and is obligatory to follow.
HOTMAIL Customers Support Service.
The link in the email message goes to a fake Hotmail 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 Hotmail 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.
Recipients who have received the same email message are asked to go directly to their email account at www.outlook.com, instead of clicking on the links in the email message. If there is anything wrong with their accounts, it will be shown to them after signing into their accounts.
And, recipients who have been tricked by the phishing emails are asked to change their Microsoft Hotmail password immediately. And, if they are unable to, they should click here to report it to Microsoft.