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The "Microsoft Webmail Security Upgrade" Phishing Email Scams

The "Microsoft Webmail Security Upgrade" email below, which claims the recipient will stop receiving emails, are asked to delete it because it is a phishing scam being sent by cybercriminals to steal Microsoft Windows Live or Outlook usernames and passwords. The fake email message tricks the recipients into visiting a phishing website where they will be asked to sign into their accounts, but any attempt to sign-in to the phishing website will result in their account credentials being sent to the cybercriminals behind the phishing email message.

The Microsoft Webmail Security Upgrade Phishing Email Scams
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The "Microsoft Webmail Security Upgrade" Phishing Email

From: WEBMAIL SECURITY UPGRADE <romellekemp@outlook.sg>

Sent: October 27, 2018 9:28:51 AM

Subject: Do Not Delete.

Dear user ID ()

This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming email and files on your account, since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service and we will be forced to De-activate your account if this notice is ignored.Please take a second to update your account below....

Update Here

This restriction will be disabled immediately we confirm your security update is successful.

Your security is our primary concern.

Thanks.

E-mail Security Team

The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the 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, the information will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.

If you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account or something needs to be done to it, it will be shown to you after you have signed into your account. If you were tricked by one of these malicious phishing scams, please change your Hotmail, Live or Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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The "Microsoft Webmail Security Upgrade" Phishing Email Scams