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Beware of "Final Email Upgrade Now" Phishing Email Scams

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Beware of "Final Email Upgrade Now" Phishing Email Scams

The email message below, which claims that a restriction has been placed on the recipients' email accounts since they have refused to upgrade their accounts, is a phishing scam being sent by cyber criminals to steal Microsoft Hotmail, Live or Outlook user names and passwords. The fake email message tricks the recipients into visiting a phishing website where they will be asked to sign into their accounts, but any attempt to sign-in to the phishing website will result in their account credentials being sent to the cyber criminals behind the phishing email message.

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A Sample of the "Final Email Upgrade Now" Phishing Email

From: Account Security <tmanoilova@hotmail.com>

Sent: August 8, 2017 5:22 AM

To: member_service@live.com

Subject: FINAL EMAIL UPGRADE!!

INTERNAL NOTICE

This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on your account since you have refused to upgrade your account and we might be forced to lock up your account if this notice is ignored.

UPGRADE NOW

This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm upgrade successful.

Thanks

The email security team@2017

The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the 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, the information will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.

If you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account or something needs to be done to it, it will be shown to you after you have signed into your account. If you were tricked by one of these malicious phishing scams, please change your Hotmail, Live or Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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  • Posted: Jan 16, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Webserver Message <pfletch78@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Monday, January 15, 2018 12:50 PM
    To: noreply@microsoft.net
    Subject: DEADLINE FOR YOUR UPGRADE IS TODAY! (DO NOT IGNORE)

    E-mail Deadline Upgrade

    This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on your account

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service and we have been forced to block your account if this notice is ignored.

    UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm upgrade successful.

    Thanks ,

    Regards
    Customer Care Team 漏2018"

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 28, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: EMAIL SERVER <rabih.h.n@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 11:36 PM
    Subject: 馃毄 REMINDER: YOU HAVE 2 DAYS BEFORE CLOSURE!

    UPDATE ACCOUNT


    This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on your account

    since you have refused to upgrade your account and we might be forced to lock up your account if this

    notice is ignored.

    UPGRADE NOW

    This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm upgrade successful.

    Thanks
    The email security team@2017"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 4, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: WINDOWS LIVE <nazimkasoo@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:26 AM
    To: noreply@live.com
    Subject: Re: Upgrade 2017 processed

    INTERNAL NOTICE

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will have to stop processing incoming emails on your account

    We recommend you to update your account to avoid loosing your email account, failure to do so we will de-activate your mail account.

    notice is ignored.

    UPGRADE NOW

    This restriction will be disabled immediately we confirm that the upgrade is successful.

    Thanks
    The team."

    delete


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