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Beware of "Microsoft Account Will Shut Down" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Microsoft Account Will Shut Down" Phishing Scams

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Microsoft account users are asked to delete email messages which claim that their accounts will be shut down. This is because the email messages are phishing scams that have been created by cyber criminals to steal Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook usernames and passwords. The intention of the cyber criminals is to hijack email accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the same email messages are not to follow the instructions in them and just delete them.

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A Sample of the "Microsoft Account Will Shut Down" Phishing Scam

From: E-mail Account Team <sales_tristar@LIVE.COM>

Date: 2017-09-12 10:37 PM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: Account will shut down soon (Final Verification Alert)

E_mail final warning verification alert

This is to inform you for the final time that 16th SEPTEMBER 2017, We will discontinue support on your account and security.

If you choose not to renew your account on or before 16th SEPTEMBER 2017, your email will be blocked and you will not be able to read and send emails from the 16th SEPTEMBER 2017, and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.

Take a minute to renew your account for a faster, safer and full-featured experience.

Renew Your Account

Thanks for using service

Regards,

Customer Member Service

This is to inform you for the final time that on 12th SEPTEMBER 2017, We will discontinue support on your account and security.

The links in the email messages go 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 messages. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing into it.

Now, if you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • Apr 18, 2019 at 1:23 PM by an anonymous user from Butte, Montana, United States of America

    Just got a call. Hung up on her. Figured her claim that Microsoft was shutting down & I'd get some kind of refund was bogus.

    My BS detector was going off in the back of my head. I have a habit of researching things. Turned out I was right! MPC.

    remove

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 12:22 AM by info

    Here is another scam:


    "From: Microsoft.com Account Team <jadcoinc@hotmail.com>
    Date: 14 March 2019 at 07:35:57 GMT
    To: "member.service_@outlook.com" <member.service_@outlook.com>
    Subject: CLOSURE OF EMAIL ACCOUNT ALERT IN PROGRESS ! ! ! [ VERSION 2.0 ]

    Your Email Will Be Shut Down Soon!

    Our record indicates your account is not updated, which may lead to the close down of your account.
    If you don't update your account, you will not be able to send and receive emails again, and you will no longer have access to many of our latest features for improved Conversations, Contacts and Attachments.

    Take a minute to update your account for a faster and full featured mail experience
    Up-dateyour account
    Note: Failure to update your mailbox will lead to permanent deactivation of your account.

    Thanks,
    The Security team"

    remove

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 8:12 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Security Team Email <zambiawade@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 7:44:07 AM
    To: Security Team Email
    Subject: [IMPORTANT NOTICE]:Mailbox Database Update

    Mailbox Database Update

    Mailbox will shutdown today
    Your Account has reached an Upgrade stage, Verify Your User Email to continue usage. This is for your own safety to continue using your account, click the button below ..

    Continue

    This help protects your email from spam
    Thanks,
    Email account team"

    remove

  • Mar 30, 2018 at 6:08 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: account team microsoft.com <hafnan@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Friday, March 30, 2018 5:30:44 AM
    Subject: Shutting Down Of Microsoft Account

    Last Warning

    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

    Nοte: Please do nοt ignore this email to avοid your account been shutdown"

    remove

  • Jan 12, 2018 at 4:51 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Windows Live <andres_fattori@hotmail.com>
    Sent: January 11, 2018 1:21 AM
    To: Microsoft account team
    Subject: ACCOUNT WILL SHUT DOWN SOON (Final Warning Verification Alert) ET

    E_mail Final Warning Verification Alert

    This is to inform you that on 12th Jan 2018,We will discontinue support on your account and security.

    If you choose not to renew your account now we will shut down your account and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments etc.

    Take a minute to renew your account for a faster, safer and full-featured experience.

    Renew Your Account

    Thanks for using service

    Regards,
    Customer Member Service"

    remove

  • Jan 9, 2018 at 6:37 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Van: E_mail Account team <wissam-akl@hotmail.de>
    Datum: 09-01-18 11:37 (GMT 01:00)
    Aan: Microsoft-Konto-Team <account-security-noreply@accountprotection.microsoft.com>
    Onderwerp: ACCOUNT WILL SHUT DOWN SOON (Final Warning Verification Alert)

    E_mail Final Warning Verification Alert

    This is to inform you that on 9th Jan 2018,We will discontinue support on your account and security.

    If you choose not to renew your account now we will shut down your account and you will no longer have access to your email and many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments etc.

    Take a minute to renew your account for a faster, safer and full-featured experience.

    Renew Your Account

    Thanks for using service

    Regards,
    Customer Member Service"

    remove

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