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Beware of "Your Microsoft Account has Reached an Upgrade" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Your Microsoft Account has Reached an Upgrade" Phishing Scams

The email message below which claims the recipients' Microsoft accounts have reached an upgraded stage, is a phishing scam sent by cyber criminals, and not by Microsoft. The fake email message was created by cyber criminals to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on the link within it. The link goes to a phishing website or a fake website looking like Microsoft’s website, created by cyber criminals to trick potential victims into entering their Microsoft account usernames and passwords on it, by asking them to sign in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cyber criminals.

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Once cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims’ account credentials (usernames and passwords), they will use it to hijack their Microsoft accounts and use them fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the phishing email message (see below) who were tricked into clicking on the link within it and have attempted to sign into the phishing or fake website that they were taken, are asked to change their Microsoft account passwords immediately, before they are hijacked and used fraudulently by cyber criminals.

Sample of the "Your Microsoft Account has Reached an Upgrade" Phishing Scam

From: Windows_live update <user-maintenance-team1001@outlook.com>

Sent: June 6, 2017 7:44 PM

To: member_service@outlook.com

Subject: Your Microsoft account has reached an Upgrade

E-mail Upgrade

Your Microsoft account has reached an Upgrade stage. Verify Your User Email to continue usage.

This is for your own safety to continue using your account, click the button below.

Update Now

To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.

Note: Please do not ignore this email to avoid your account been closed

Thanks,

The Microsoft account team.

Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://account.microsoft.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified. This is will prevent Microsoft users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steal account credentials.

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  • Posted: Feb 14 at 2:12 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Admin Team
    Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:16 AM
    To: Admin Team
    Subject: EMAIL DE-ACTIVATION !!

    Microsoft

    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you that your Your Microsoft Account has reached an Upgrade stage, due to you are using our old version of Microsoft Outlook

    If you choose not to update your account on or before 1t5h of February 2018, your account will be permanently deleted from our database.

    Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

    Click Here To Update Your Outlook Account

    Thank You for Being A Loyal Outlook Mail User
    We hope you enjoy the newest version of Outlook.

    Thank you.
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2018 Inc"

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 13 at 1:12 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: "Microsoft.com Office365" <dez_des@live.com>
    Date: Feb 12, 2018 11:18 AM
    Subject: Re: EMAIL DE-ACTIVATION !!
    To: "Microsoft.com Office365" <dez_des@live.com>

    Microsoft


    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you that your Your Microsoft Account has reached an Upgrade stage, due to you are using our old version of Microsoft Outlook
    If you choose not to update your account on or before 14th of February 2018, your account will be permanently deleted from our database.
    Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.
    ClickHere To Update Your Outlook Account

    Thank You for Being A Loyal Outlook Mail User
    We hope you enjoy the newest version of Outlook.

    Thank you.
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2018 Inc

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 12, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Office365 <thegentrys@hotmail.co.uk>
    Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:48:53 PM
    To: Microsoft.com Office365
    Subject: Re: EMAIL DE-ACTIVATION!!

    Microsoft

    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you that your Your Microsoft Account has reached an Upgrade stage, due to you are using our old version of Microsoft Outlook
    If you choose not to update your account on or before 13th January 2018, your account will be permanently deleted from our database.
    Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

    ClickHere To Update Your Outlook Account

    Thank You for Being A Loyal Outlook Mail User
    We hope you enjoy the newest version of Outlook.

    Thank you.
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2018 Inc"

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 10, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Office365 <dez_des@live.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:14:01 AM
    To: Microsoft.com Office365
    Subject: Re: EMAIL DE-ACTIVATION !!

    Microsoft

    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you that your Your Microsoft Account has reached an Upgrade stage, due to you are using our old version of Microsoft Outlook
    If you choose not to update your account on or before 13th January 2018, your account will be permanently deleted from our database.
    Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

    ClickHere To Update Your Outlook Account

    Thank You for Being A Loyal Outlook Mail User
    We hope you enjoy the newest version of Outlook.

    Thank you.
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2018 Inc"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 29, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com member
    Sent: Friday, September 29, 2017 6:14 AM
    To: Microsoft.com member
    Subject: RESET ALERT CONFIRMATION™

    Microsoft

    Dear Outlook User,

    This is to inform you that your Your Microsoft Account has reached an Upgrade stage, due to you are using our old version of Microsoft Outlook

    If you choose not to update your account on or before 30th September 2017, your account will be permanently deleted from our database.

    Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.

    Click Here To Update Your Outlook Account

    Thank You for Being A Loyal Outlook Mail User
    We hope you enjoy the newest version of Outlook.

    Thank you.
    Windows Live ID Customer Support.
    Copyright 2017 Inc"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 6, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Mail Notification <ali.sd89@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:16 AM
    To: member_service@live.com
    Subject: Your accοunt has reached an Upgrade stage

    E-mail Upgrade

    We are asking users to upgrade due to recent security incidents online.
    This is for your own safety to continue using your account, click the Update now button below.
    Update Nοw
    To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.

    Nοte: Please do nοt ignore this email to avοid your account been closed
    Thanks,
    The Micrοsοft account team."

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 23, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: EMAIL ADMIN <personalsecurity@outlook.com>
    Sent: July 21, 2017 2:14 AM
    To: noreply@outlook.com
    Subject: YOUR ACCOUNT HAS REACHED AN UPGRADE STAGE.

    E-mail Upgrade

    We are asking users to upgrade due to recent security incidents online.
    This is for your own safety to continue using your account, click the Update now button below.
    Update Now
    To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.

    Note: Please do not ignore this email to av?id your account been closed
    Thanks,
    The account team."

    delete


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