"Your Mailbox Will Expire and Email Address Disabled" Phishing Scams

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Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook users who have received email messages like the one below, which claim that their email accounts will expire or email address will be disabled if not updated, should delete them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cyber criminals to trick the recipients into clicking on the links in them that go to phishing websites that steal email account usernames and passwords.

Your Mailbox Will Expire and Email Address Disabled Phishing Scams
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A Sample of the "Your Mailbox Will Expire and Email Address Disabled" Phishing Scam

From: Account Team <lindasavage65@hotmail.com>

Subject: Upgrade your Sign-in security

Date: 5 September 2017 04:06:30 BST

To: "members_service@outlook.com" <members_service@outlook.com>

Security Info Update

Your Mailbox will expire on Sept 07, 2017

This is to notify you that we are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement. Please keep your security information updated.

Do not ignore!

UPDATE NOW

NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISABLED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

Thank you for using our services.

If the links in the phishing email messages are clicked by the recipients, they will be taken to a phishing website and ask to sign-in. If they attempt to do so, their email account credentials (usernames and passwords) will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once the cybercriminals have gotten the stolen credentials, they will gain access to the accounts, hijack them, and use them fraudulently.

Therefore, online users who have received email messages with a link to update their information or make changes to their accounts should always go directly to their email account provider's website and sign into their accounts instead of clicking on the link. Once online users have signed into their accounts, they will be noticed of changes or updates, if there are any. Going directly to their email provider's website and signing in from there is the only guaranteed way of preventing online users from becoming victims of phishing scams.

Online users who have already been tricked by the phishing scam are asked change their passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently. If their accounts have already been hijacked by cyber criminals they need to contact their email providers for help.

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  • September 17, 2018 at 12:16 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Date: 17 September 2018 at 10:33:01 am AWST

    To: "microsoftteam.account@noreply.com" <microsoftteam.account@noreply.com>

    Subject: 🚩ACCOUNT DE-ACTIVATION

    Microsoft

    Your Mailbox will expire on September 18th, 2018

    Please keep your security information updated.

    Do not ignore!

    UPGRADE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISABLED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services."

  • August 20, 2018 at 8:16 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: microsoft.com team <bulut.tie.cc@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 1:04:28 PM

    Subject: Upgrade Account

    Your mailbox will expire on august 21, 2018

    Dear User,

    We are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement. Please keep your security information updated. This is for your own safety.

    DO NOT IGNORE THIS NOTICE!

    UPDATE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE CLOSED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services.

    We respect your privacy."

  • July 5, 2018 at 10:25 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Account Team <stonesiu@hotmail.com>

    Sent: 02 July 2018 11:48

    To: Microsoft Rewards

    Subject: Final Account Update

    Account Security Info Update

    Your Mailbox will expire on JULY 2, 2018

    This is to notify you that we are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement.

    Please keep your security information updated.

    Do not ignore!

    UPGRADE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISABLED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services."

  • June 14, 2018 at 4:38 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - - - - - -

    From: MSN Service <musicforceent@live.com>

    Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 5:36:57 AM

    Subject: Error Sign-in

    Security Info Update

    Your Mailbox will expire on June 15th, 2018

    This is to notify you that we are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement. Please keep your security information updated.

    Do not ignore!

    UPGRADE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISABLED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services.

  • June 14, 2018 at 4:37 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Mail Support <khidirjaksaa@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 7:16:08 AM

    To: Mail Support

    Subject: Unlock your account

    Security Info Update

    Your Mailbox will expire on TODAY

    This is to notify you that we are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement.

    Please keep your security information updated.

    Do not ignore!

    UPGRADE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISABLED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services."

  • December 3, 2017 at 3:14 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Team <amr_mcsd@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:04 PM

    Subject: 📣 FINAL REMINDER!

    Your mailbox will expire on December 5th, 2017

    Dear User,

    We are currently updating the windows services agreement and privacy statement. Please keep your security information updated. This is for your own safety.

    DO NOT IGNORE THIS NOTICE!

    UPDATE NOW

    NOTE: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE CLOSED IF NOT UPDATED. (UPDATE IS FREE)

    Thank you for using our services.

    We respect your privacy."

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