"Deactivation Alert and Update Confirmation" Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail Phishing Scams
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A Sample of a Phishing Microsoft Outlook Email Message
From: ACCOUNT TEAM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DE-ACTIVATION ALERT
Date: 5 September 2017 02:30:59 BST
Security Info Update
Dear E-Mail User,
On 12th September 2017, We are deactivating all email accounts that are not updated as we look forward to terminate all dormant accounts in our email service.
If you like to continue using your email address, Update your e-mail account below.
Confirm And Update Here
This is to reduce the number of dormant account.
©2017 Mail Service. All Rights Reserved.
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 you have signed into it. 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.
This scam is similar to the following:
Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.
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