A Sample of a Microsoft Password Expiration Phishing Scam
Your Outlook Mailbox password will expire soon and we are migrating to Office 365. You are to send your USERNAME (___________) and PASSWORD (______________) to our Staff Helpdesk Email at email@example.com for immediate Validation/Migration. You may not be able to send or receive Emails if you fail to do this.
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If recipients of the phishing scam respond with their account usernames and passwords, it will be sent to the cyber criminals behind the phishing scam. Once the cyber criminals receive the stolen usernames and passwords (credentials), they will use it to gain access to their victims' accounts, hijack them and use them fraudulently.
Microsoft users who have already been tricked by the phishing email messages are asked to change their Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail or Live account passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked. Microsoft account users whose accounts have already been hijacked are asked to click here for help recovering or gaining back access their accounts.