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Beware of "Microsoft De-Activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

2018-01-18T20:38:16 -  +
Beware of "Microsoft De-Activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

The email message below with the subject: "De-Activation In Progress," which claims that a closure request will be processed shortly to remove all data from the recipients' email accounts, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail usernames and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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The "Microsoft De-Activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

Re: De-Activation In Progress

"Microsoft.com Team" <mkh474@hotmail.com>:


Dear Account User,

User ID 84402

We received your request on 18/01/18 12:05 AM (EET) to terminate your account. Please confirm this request to complete the deletion process.

Failure to comply will lead to automatic De-activation.

Yes, I would like to deactivate

No, I didn't make this request

To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.


© 2018 Email INC. All Rights Reserved.

© Email INC. 2018.

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 cyber-criminals 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 signing in. 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: Jun 22, 2018 at 11:38 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    Sent: Friday, June 22, 2018 1:08:45 PM
    Subject: Account De-activation In Progress (A New 2018 Version Is Now Available)


    Your Services Agreement made clearer
    Dear user

    This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on this account
    Please Updαte Your Accοunt Here to the latest Microsoft outlook. We might be forced to lock up this account if notice is ignored.

    This is to improve our service quality. We are sorry for inconveniences
    Case number: 835117652
    Property: Account Security
    Copyright 2018 Inc., Windows Live ID Customer Support"


  • Posted: Feb 28, 2018 at 2:29 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Email Update 2018
    Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:14:08 PM
    To: info@outlook.com

    Microsοft FINAL 2018 UPDATE

    Dear User,

    This message is being sent to you to inform you that your account will soon expire.

    If you wish to continue using this account please upgrade to our services. Ignoring this message will cause the account to be closed

    Update Your Account

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message

    Thank you
    Security account team"