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Beware of "Microsoft Office 365 Message Concerning Your Security Update" Phishing Scam

2017-12-06T15:55:02 -  +
Beware of "Microsoft Office 365 Message Concerning Your Security Update"  Phishing Scam

Microsoft Office users are asked to delete email messages like the one below, which claim they have security update messages. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on the link within them. The link goes to a phishing website or a fake website looking like Microsoft’s website, created by cybercriminals to trick potential victims into signing in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cybercriminals.

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The "Microsoft Office 365 Message Concerning Your Security Update" Phishing Scam

Top Urgent, security update required

Wed 12/6/2017 4:43 PM

From: "Microsoft account team"

You have 2 new Office 365 Message Concerning Your Security Update

Go to Office 365 message center here

Thanks,

The Office 365 Team

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.

Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://www.office.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified. This is will prevent Microsoft users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steals account credentials.

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