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Beware of "Deactivation Alert and Update Confirmation" Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Deactivation Alert and Update Confirmation" Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail Phishing Scams

Microsoft account users who have received email messages like the one below, which claim the recipients' email accounts are in the process of being deactivated and the recipients must click the link within the same email message to cancel the deactivation process or have their Microsoft accounts terminated, is a phishing scam. The fake and phishing email message was created and sent by cybercriminals to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail user names and passwords, with the intention of hijacking the email accounts and using them maliciously or fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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A Sample of a Phishing Microsoft Outlook Email Message

From: ACCOUNT TEAM <mittalsonali@hotmail.com>


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.

Best Regards

Mail Service.

©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.

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  • Posted: Monday at 10:05 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Ione, California, United States

    I received this message from:

    outlook.com Accounts <hfg@ at121.hostirs.net>

    Is this scam?


    This is to inform you that your request on: ​​2018-02-12 08-53-45 ​to remove your account from outlook.com Servers has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

    Ignore this message to continue with email removal or

    If this deactivation was not requested by you Please reply to this mail directly without altering the subject.




    • Posted: Monday at 2:32 PM by info

      Yes, it is a scam.


  • Posted: Jan 22 at 10:57 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom

    dear Microsoft, been having E-mails come through from account team Microsoft to say for the final time we have stopped processing incoming emails since I have refused to upgrade my account and they will be forced to lock my account if this is ignored. it comes from info@servicelubo.com. Is this a scam?


    • Posted: Jan 22 at 12:25 PM by info

      Yes, it is a scam.


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