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Beware of "Microsoft Account Closure Notice" Phishing Scam

2018-01-18T20:38:35  +
Beware of "Microsoft Account Closure Notice" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: "Microsoft Account Closure Notice," which claims that a closure request will be processed shortly to remove all data from the recipients' email accounts, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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The "Microsoft Account Closure Notice" Phishing Scam

From: Outlook.com Team angie_tavares@hotmail.com
Date: February 15, 2017 at 10:32:24 AM EST
Subject: MICROSOFT ACCOUNT CLOSURE NOTICE‏‏‏‎

Microsoft security alert

We have received your request to close your Microsoft account. Your request is being processed and the email address and all associated data will be removed from our servers shortly. If this request was received in error and you do not wish to terminate your account, indicate this by choosing I choose to keep my account and cancel termination request.

http://outlook.microsoft.com/en-us/verify-account

If you have chosen to keep your account, click the link above and log in to terminate the request automatically.

Thanks,
The Microsoft account team
Copyright © 2017 (Co. Reg. No. 2344507D) All Rights Reserved

The link in the email message goes to a fake Outlook or Microsoft 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 Outlook, Hotmail, Live 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.

If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

This scam is similar to the following:

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  • Posted: Oct 16, 2018 at 5:56 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Tirana, Albania

    Here's what I received...

    "EMAIL ADMIN
    Tue 10/16/2018, 11:20 AM
    HI xxxxxx@hotmail.com
    On 16 October 2018, we received a request to close your account, your request is being processed and all associated data will be removed from our server shortly.

    If you made this request, you're all set and no further action is required from you.

    If not, use this link to cancel request and continue account usage.
    * Failure to carry out the above as soon as possible could lead to all incoming/outgoing email being blocked *


    To stop separating items that are identified as clutter, go to Options.
    To stop receiving notifications about Clutter, go to Options and turn them off.
    This system notification isn't an email message and you can't reply to it."

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 15, 2018 at 10:39 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Portland, Oregon, United States

    Received this scam:

    "CLOSURE OF EMAIL

    We informed you that your account will be closed ON 16/10/2018 because you have ignoring our update messages sent you.

    If you wish to continue using your account update now to continue using our service.

    Click here to update

    Notice: Ignoring this message will cause your account to be terminated without your permission.

    Thanks ,

    Sincerely
    Mail Protector ©2018"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 4, 2018 at 5:01 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Windows Live
    Sent: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 1:10:44 PM
    To: member.service@outlook.com
    Subject: Microsoft 2018 (Email Closure)

    CLOSURE OF EMAIL

    We inform you that your account will be closed on 10/04/2018 because you have been ignoring all our update messages sent you.

    If you wish to continue using your account update now to continue using our service.

    Click here to update

    Notice: Ignoring this message will cause your account to be terminated without your permission.

    Thanks ,
    Sincerely
    Mail Protector ©2018"

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 6:52 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Email Admin
    Date: August 20, 2018 at 9:29:49 PM EDT
    To: "USER@t-online.de"
    Subject: Account De-activation


    CLOSURE OF MAIL


    Respected User,

    We inform you that your account will be cancelled at 25/08/2018 because you have been ignoring the update messages sent to you. If you wish to continue using your account;

    Update now to continue using our services. Ignoring this message will cause your account to be close unexpectedly.

    Click here to Update

    Thank you,
    Mail administrator
    (C) 2018

    Sent from Outlook"

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 16, 2018 at 10:52 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: EMAIL SERVICE
    Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:44 AM
    To: security_drive@microsoft.com
    Subject: Your Microsoft account will be close in few hours.

    Microsoft Security Alert
    This message is being sent to you to inform you that your account is to be closed after this final warning

    UPDATE NOW

    If you wish to continue using this account please upgrade to our services. Ignoring this message will cause the account to be closed

    Thanks ,

    Regards

    Customer Care Service ©2018"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 18, 2018 at 7:15 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

    This is the email I received:

    "Dear User,

    We received your instruction to empty all your folders and close your email account. You need to ignore if you made this request or click on CANCEL REQUEST below if not.

    CANCEL REQUEST

    Warning: You will no longer send or receive email if updated response is not received from you within the next 72 hours.

    Thanks for using Microsoft
    Customer Security Microsoft Team.

    Confidentiality Note: This email may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the individual or entity named above. If the reader of this email is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, transmission or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please immediately notify us through our website http//www.microsoft.com or info@mocrosoft.com and delete the original from your computer."

    delete


  • Posted: Jun 28, 2018 at 12:42 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

    Here’s what I got in my email...

    "Subject: Your account may be closed on 07/06/2018


    Dear Attn User

    This message is being sent to you to inform you that your account is will to be closed at 07/06/2018

    If you wish to continue using this account please upgrade to our services. Ignoring this message will cause the account to be closed

    Update your account


    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message

    Thank you
    Account admin"

    delete


  • Posted: May 2, 2018 at 6:03 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Benghazi, Shabiyat Banghazi, Libya

    I got this email:

    -------------------

    ACCOUNT DE-ACTIVATION IN PROGRESS
    MlCROSOFT ACCOUNT TEAM
    Wed 5/2/2018, 12:33 PM

    Update Your Account

    Our record indicates your account is not updated, which may lead to the close down of your account.
    If you don't update your account, you will not be able to send and receive emails again, and you will no longer have access to many of our latest features for improved Conversations, Contacts and Attachments.

    Take a minute to update your account for a faster and full featured mail experience
    Re-sign in and update your account
    Note: Failure to update your account might lead to permanent deactivation of your account.

    Thanks,
    The Security team

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Gaines, Michigan, United States

    Received today:

    "your account closure request is now in progress Microsoft Outlook "

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: EMAIL MGT TEAM
    Date: 19/04/2018 9:10 am (GMT 00:00)
    To: noreply@outlook.com
    Subject: REQUEST CONFIRMATION

    Dear E-mail User,

    We received A request to terminate your account. Please confirm this request to complete the process:

    Yes, I would like to deactivate

    No I didn't make this request

    Thanks.
    © 2018 Email INC. All Rights Reserved.
    © Email INC. 2018.

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 6, 2018 at 6:20 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Westbury, New York, United States

    This is the source of the emails ... Please report it to authorities

    Careers
    Register your product
    China
    ShanghaI Hangji
    Mechanical Engineering Complete Equipment Co. Ltd.
    R.3101, Sino Life Tower
    No. 707 Zhangyang Road
    Pudong Area: ShanghaI 200 120 P.R. China
    hjmece@outlook.com
    86 21 58 36 19 25
    86 21 58 36 19 81
    Field Services

    delete


  • Posted: Mar 27, 2018 at 3:25 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Microsoft.com team"
    Date: 22/03/2018 12:00 pm (GMT 00:00)
    To: account_user@hotmail.com
    Subject: ACCOUNT CLOSURE

    Dear User,

    Your security info is no longer working

    On 20/03/2018 our system found that your security
    info is no longer working.

    Starting from 24/03/2018 you won't be able to sign in to
    your account unless you fix security info

    To fix your security info,

    Update Your Account Now

    If your security info is already fixed, you can cancel this request. Terms of Use Privacy & Cookies

    © 2018 windows live.

    delete


  • Posted: Mar 6, 2018 at 12:45 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

    I got this one:

    "SERVER ALERT: WE WILL TERMINATE YOUR EMAIL IN THE NEXT 24HOURS!
    Microsoft.com account team
    må 2018-03-05 19:06
    account@update.com

    Update Your Account

    Our record indicates your account is not updated, which may lead to the close down of your account.

    If you don't update your account, you will not be able to send and receive emails again, and you will no longer have access to many of our latest features for improved Conversations, Contacts and Attachments.

    Take a minute to update your account for a faster and full featured mail experience
    Update your account
    Note: Failure to update your mailbox will lead to permanent deactivation of your account.

    Thanks,
    The Security team."

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com account team
    Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:43:36 PM
    To: docs-more
    Subject: Microsoft Email Alert

    Security Information

    We received your request to close your account within 48 hours. Your account will be closed in the next 48 hours as you requested.

    Check below with the confirmation to update. Please proceed.

    Yes, I would like to complete
    No I didn't make this request

    Thank You,
    Accounts Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 27, 2017 at 11:22 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Notification Team
    Sent: Monday, August 28, 2017 9:20:12 AM
    To: dontreply@hotmail.com.ns
    Subject: MAIL CLOSURE NOTICE ON 30-08-17

    User ID 8442

    We received a request on 26/08/17 to terminate your account. Please confirm this request to complete the deletion process or cancel to avoid closure of your email address: Failure to comply will lead to automatic De-activation.We will close your account on 30-08-17

    Yes, I would like to deactivate

    Cancel this request

    Thanks.
    © 2017 Email INC. All Rights Reserved.
    © Email INC. 2017."

    delete


  • Posted: May 24, 2017 at 11:46 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "CLOSURE OF EMAIL ACCOUNT
    Fri 19/05/2017 08:27
    From: "E-Mail Admin"

    Dear,

    We received your request to close your account, we will process your request within 24 hours.

    If not you cancel the request to continue using our services.

    CANCEL AND DELETE REQUEST

    E-mail Administrator
    All Rights Reserved.
    © 2017 Inc."

    delete


  • Posted: May 23, 2017 at 8:40 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft Outlook
    Sent: May 22, 2017 4:07 PM
    To: Microsoft account team
    Subject: Undeliverable: Fw: FINAL WARNING: Closure Of Your Microsoft Account

    SNT004-MC9F9.hotmail.com rejected your message to the following email addresses:
    Microsoft account team (account-security-noreply@account.microsoft.com)
    Your message couldn't be delivered. It appears that the email address you sent your message to wasn't found at the destination domain, or the recipient's mailbox is unavailable. The email address might be misspelled or it might not exist.

    Try to fix the problem by doing one or more of the following:
    Send the message again. Before you do, delete and retype the complete address. If your email program automatically suggests an address to use don't select it.

    Clear the recipient Auto-Complete List entry in your email program by following the steps in this article. Then resend the message, but before you do, delete and retype the complete address. If your email program suggests an address to use don't select it.

    Contact the recipient by some other means (by phone, for example) to confirm you're using the right address. Ask them if they've set up an email forwarding rule that could be forwarding your message to an incorrect address.
    If you're still unable to fix the problem, ask the recipient to tell their email admin about the problem, and give them the server that reported the error below.
    For Email Admins
    When Office 365 tried to send the message, the external email server returned the error below. This error was reported by an email server outside Office 365, and if the sender is unable to fix the problem by correcting the recipient's email address or clearing the Auto-Complete List entry, then it's likely a problem that only the recipient's email admin can fix.

    Check the error for information about where the problem is happening. For example, look for a domain name. The domain name will tell you which organization was responsible for the error. The recipient's email server could be causing the problem, or it could be due to a third-party service that your organization or the recipient's organization is using to process or filter email messages.

    If you can't fix the problem, contact the responsible party's email admin. This could be the recipient's email admin, your smart host service admin, or someone similar. Give them the error and the name of the server that reported the error to help them troubleshoot the issue.

    Unfortunately, Office 365 support is unlikely to be able to help with these kinds of externally reported errors.

    SNT004-MC9F9.hotmail.com gave this error:
    Remote server returned unknown recipient or mailbox unavailable -> 550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable"

    delete


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