Beware of "Microsoft Account Security Info - Welcome to new Outlook.com" Phishing Email
March 13, 2017
The email message below: "Microsoft Account Security Info - Welcome to new Outlook.com," which claims that due to the ongoing update in their system/server, the recipients are required to verify their accounts within 48 hours, is a phishing scam. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack their victims' email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised not to follow the instructions in it.
Please continue reading below.
The "Microsoft Account Security Info - Welcome to new Outlook.com" Phishing Scam
Subject: 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 48 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
The link in the email message goes to a fake Hotmail, 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.
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 account.
And, recipients who have been tricked by the phishing emaill are asked to change their Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook password immediately. And, if they are unable to, they should click here to report it to Microsoft.
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