Beware of "Microsoft Warning - Your Outlook Account Might Be Deleted and Closed Now" Phishing Scam
February 23, 2017
The email message below: "Microsoft Warning: Your Outlook Account Might Be Deleted and Closed Now," is a fake. The fake email message was NOT sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, who created the fake email message to steal their potential victims' Microsoft Hotmail, Live, or Outlook user names and passwords. So, recipients of the fake email message should not not click on the link or follow the instructions in it. The link in the phishing email message will take recipients who have clicked on it, to a phishing Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook website, where they will be asked to sign-in. Once the potential victims attempt to sign-in, their email account credentials(usernames and passwords) will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the phishing scam. Once cyber-criminals are in possession of their victims' email account credentials, they will hijack and use their victims' email accounts fraudulently.
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The Microsoft Outlook Phishing Email Message Scam
From: Microsoft account team email@example.com
Date: February 22, 2017 at 5:27:35 PM CST
Subject: Microsoft Warning: Your Outlook Account Might Be Deleted & Closed Now
Microsoft Security info
Welcome to new Outlook.com
Due to the ongoing update in our system/server you are required to re-verify your account within 24 hours to enable us register your country/device in our database. Failure to re-verify your account will lead to account De-activation and you will no longer have access to many of the features for improved Conversations, contacts and attachments.
Take a minute to re-verify your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.
Your security tight is our concern!
Click here to re-verify your account
If you were tricked into entering your user name and password on the fake or phishing Microsoft Outlook website, please change your password immediately, before your Microsoft account is hijackced and used fraudulently.
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