The email message below, which claims that the recipients' Microsoft email account will expire in 48 hours, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail usernames and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.
The "Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours" Phishing Scam
From: Microsoft Office 365 Team [mailto: email@example.com]
Sent: 05 June 2017 01:38
Subject: Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours
Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours
Your Microsoft Office 365 Email account [deleted] will expire in 48 hours re-activate account by clicking on the reactivation button below.
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One Microsoft Way
The link in the email message goes to a fake 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 cybercriminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.
If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.