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Beware of "Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours" Phishing Scam

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Beware of "Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours" Phishing Scam

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.

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The "Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours" Phishing Scam

From: Microsoft Office 365 Team [mailto: office365@account.microsoft.com]

Sent: 05 June 2017 01:38

Subject: Your Microsoft Email Account Will Expire in 48 Hours

Microsoft account

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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The Microsoft Online Services Team

This is a mandatory service communication. To set your contact preferences for other communications, click here.

This message was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address to [deleted] Please do not reply to this message and if found in junk move to inbox.

Microsoft Office

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA

98052-6399 USA

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.

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  • Posted: Dec 1, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Dallas, Texas, United States

    I received this today:

    "Your Office 365 Personal subscription will expire on Monday, January 01, 2018. To avoid a possible interruption of your service, please renew your subscription by Monday, January 01, 2018.
    To renew your subscription, go to https://office.com/renew/. Thank you for being a valued member of Office 365. We're happy you're here.
    To update your payment info, go to https://account.microsoft.com/payments
    Please disregard this notice if you have already resolved this issue.
    Microsoft Office Team"

    I did not click on the link.... I assume this is also a phishing expedition...


    • Posted: Dec 1, 2017 by info

      Yes, it is also a phishing scam.


  • Posted: Aug 23, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Penshurst, New South Wales, Australia

    Thank goodness for services like yours to keep us safe. Thank you.


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