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Beware of "Microsoft E-mail Account Upgrade 2018" Phishing Email Scams

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Beware of "Microsoft E-mail Account Upgrade 2018" Phishing Email Scams

There is no "Microsoft E-mail Account Upgrade 2018". Therefore, Microsoft users who have received the email message below, which claims they won't be able to sign into their email accounts, 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.

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The "Microsoft E-mail Upgrade 2018" Phishing Email

From: Windows Live 2018 <joymaria.a@hotmail.com>

Sent: 05 February 2018 03:31

To: noreply@microsoft.net


E-mail Upgrade 2018

Starting from 06/02/2018 you won't be able to sign-in into your email account unless you fix this urgent issue now.

Please confirm this request to complete our deactivation process:

Yes, I would like to upgrade my account

No i will not complete this request, Cancel upgrade request

This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm update successful.

Thank you,

Account service 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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Remember to forward malicious or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

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  • Posted: Feb 6 at 12:02 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Microsoft.com Team" <youngpamela@outlook.com>
    Date: 2/6/18 6:03 AM (GMT-06:00)
    To: msn_members@outlook.com
    Subject: Account Upgrade 2018

    Account Upgrade 2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we have stopped processing incoming emails on your account

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service and we have been forced to block your account if this notice is ignored.


    Note: This restriction will be disabled intermediately we confirm upgrade successful.

    Thanks ,

    Customer Care Team ©2018


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