Microsoft Hotmail users who have received email messages like the one below, which ask them to upgrade their accounts due to a recent security incident online or else their accounts will be closed, shut down or suspended, should delete the email messages. This is because Hotmail users do not need to upgrade or update their accounts because all of that is taken care of for them by the Microsoft Hotmail team. Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook is a Web-based email provider, this means that users do not need to do any forms of updates, upgrades or changes to their accounts because their accounts are in the cloud. This is why we ask Hotmail users to delete all email messages which claim they should upgrade or update their accounts.
A Sample of a Microsoft Hotmail Phishing Scam
From: hotmail.co.uk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 20 June 2017 at 09:52:30 BST
Subject: Settings for hotmail.co.uk
Security Update info
We are asking all user to upgrade due to recent security incidents online. This is for your own safety to continue using your account.
Click the Update button below.
If you are unable to follow the above link, kindly find attached to Update Now
Note: You account will be closed if not updated within 48-hours.
We apologize for any inconveniences
The Microsoft Account Team
Microsoft Hotmail users are also asked to never click on a link to sign into their accounts. They should always go directly to www.outlook.com, www.hotmail.com, or www.live.com. Once they have signed into their accounts, they will be notified of important changes and announcements, if there is any.