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Scam - "Office 365 Email Quota Almost Exceeded"

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Scam - "Office 365 Email Quota Almost Exceeded"

The email message below, which claims that the recipients' Office 365 email account storage has almost exceeded its limit and they should click on a link to add additional storage, is a phishing scam. The fake email message was created and sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients’ email account username and password. Once cyber-criminals have gotten their victims’ email account credentials, they will hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the fake email message and others like it should delete them and never attempt to click on the links or follow the instructions in them.

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Recipients of the same message who have already followed the instructions in it should change their email account's password immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

The "Office365 Email Quota Almost Exceeded" Phishing Scam

From: "Microsoft Office" <brent@ncdinc.net>

Subject: Office365: Email quota almost exceeded

Date: 19 December 2017 at 11:12:41 CET

To: undisclosed recipients:;

Dear Client,

Your storage space for your Office account is almost full.

92% Used

To prevent your Incoming/Outgoing mail from getting bounced back,

Extend your mailbox quota to prevent permanent loss of incoming messages.

Add 5 gig for free / 1Year

Add 10 gig for €10 / 5Years

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The link in the fake email message goes to a fake Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail or Live website. On the fake website, visitors will be asked to sign-in, if they attempt to do so, their email usernames and passwords will be sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the phishing email message. Once the cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims Microsoft account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, hijack the accounts by changing passwords, and use the accounts fraudulently.

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  • Posted: Dec 20, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Irvine, California, United States

    I’m getting these almost daily now...is there anyway to stop them?

    delete


    • Posted: Dec 20, 2017 by info

      You cannot stop them, but you may flag them as spam so they are automatically sent to your spam/junk folder.

      delete


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