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The "Mail Security Center 2018" Shutdown Request Phishing Scam

Online users who have received "Mail Security Center 2018" email messages like the one below, which claim that a request to shut down their account will be processed shortly, should delete them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals to trick the recipients into clicking on the links in them that go to phishing websites that steal email account usernames and passwords.

The Mail Security Center 2018 Shutdown Request Phishing Scam
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The "Mail Security Center 2018" Phishing Scam

FINAL UPDATE REMINDER

Tue 11/20/2018 6:06 AM

From: Mail Center

Dear User ,

We received a request from you to shut-down this email () account. This request will be processed shortly

if you did not authorize this action kindly cancel now if not disregard this message.

CANCEL REQUEST

Thanks for taking additional steps to keep your account safe.

Regards,

Mail Security Center ! 2018

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 cybercriminals they need to contact their email providers for help.

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The "Mail Security Center 2018" Shutdown Request Phishing Scam