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Beware of "Outlook Special Announcements New Version" Microsoft Phishing Scam

2017-05-30T00:57:10  +
Beware of "Outlook Special Announcements New Version" Microsoft Phishing Scam

Microsoft users who have received the email messages like the one below which claim they are advised to switch to a new version of Outlook to avoid disconnection is a phishing scam. The links in the fake email messages go to phishing websites operated by cyber criminals that steal Microsoft or Outlook account usernames and passwords.

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Sample of the "Outlook Special Announcements" Phishing Email Message

From: Microsoft Admin <[email protected]>

Sent: March 25, 2017 10:48 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Outlook Special Announcements

Outlook Mail

You're advise to switch to the new version to avoid disconnection.

Start Now

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

For assistance, log in to your email! website and choose the "Help" link on any page.

Customer Service Email ID # 1009.

c 2017!, Inc. All rights reserved.

Once the cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims' Microsoft account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, hijack them, and use them fraudulently. Hijacked accounts that are used fraudulently will be blocked by Microsoft, therefore, Microsoft users who have been tricked by the phishing scam are asked to change their passwords before their accounts are hijacked.

Microsoft users whose accounts have already been hijacked may follow the instructions below to recover their accounts:

  • Go to https://login.live.com/
  • Enter your email address and click the "Next" button
  • Click the "Forgot my password" link
  • Click "I think someone else is using my Microsoft account" link
  • Follow the rest of the instructions

Remember, never click on a link in an email message to sign into your Microsoft account. Always go directly to www.hotmail.com, www.outlook.com, or login.live.com to sign-in instead. After signing in, important notifications, changes or updates will be shown to you, if there is any.

Please share with us what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Also, check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any.

Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: [email protected]

Also, report scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent.

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  • Posted: 2018-03-29T09:09:14 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: MSN Service
    Date: 29/03/2018 12:54 (GMT 00:00)
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Your Email Access (Final Notification)

    Outlook logo

    Dear email user

    You are advised to switch to the new version to avoid service interruption switch below

    Switch Here


  • Posted: 2018-02-13T00:46:47 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Mail Alert
    Sent: 12 February 2018 09:45
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Email Safety (UPGRADE)

    Image result for Outlook logo

    Dear email user

    You are advised to switch to the new version to avoid service interruption switch below

    Switch Here




  • Posted: 2017-10-18T03:00:53 by an anonymous user from or near: March, England, United Kingdom

    I have just received this email saying exactly the same wording. I clicked on the link for 'read more' and then saw that the link was a strange address so came out of it and have now changed my password. Do you think my account has been compromised?


    • Posted: 2017-10-18T06:10:19 by info

      No, you have not been compromised.


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