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"Outlook Account Security Issue" Phishing Scams

Outlook users are advised not to follow the instructions in email messages like the one below with the subject "Outlook Account Security Issue", which claim they need to confirm, verify or authenticate their Hotmail account to prevent permanent closure of their email addresses. This is because the email messages are fakes being sent by cyber criminals to trick Outlook users into clicking on the links in the fake email messages that go to a phishing website that steals Outlook, Hotmail or Microsoft account usernames and passwords.The phishing website, which looks exactly like Microsoft Outlook' sign-in page, will ask potential victims to sign-in with their Outlook or Microsoft accounts’ credential, but once the information is submitted, it will be sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the fake website. The cybercriminals will then use the information to hijack their victims’ Microsoft Outlook accounts and use them fraudulently.

Outlook Account Security Issue Phishing Scams
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The "Outlook Account Security Issue" Phishing Scam

From: OutIook <e-Documents@1gas.co.uk>

Sent: 07 June 2017 16:41

Subject: OutIook account security lssue

Outlook.com

Welcome to a bolder, smarter Outlook.com

Outlook Security Issue

This message is from Hotmail Customer care messaging center, to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base servers, and e-mail account center.

We are deleting all unused Hotmail accounts to create more space for new accounts.

You will have to Authenticate your Hotmail Account below to show you are human and to prevent a permanent closure of this email address, you need to confirm your email adress and log-in using the following link:

Microsoft account users should never click on a link in an email message to sign into their accounts. It is recommended that they go directly to www.outlook.com, www.hotmail.com, or www.live.com, and sign into their accounts from there. This is the best way to protect against phishing scams created by cyber criminals to steal online account credentials (usernames and passwords).

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  • September 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM by an anonymous user from: Newark, New Jersey, United States

    Received the same email this morning. It almost tricked me, luckily I googled it first.

    • November 13, 2017 at 3:31 PM by an anonymous user from: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Yes, I did receive this email but I deleted it after reading; can you tell me that my security is safe or should I change my login information.

      • November 13, 2017 at 4:13 PM by info

        To be on th safe side, please change your email account password.

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"Outlook Account Security Issue" Phishing Scams