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

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

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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 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 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.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • March 11, 2019 at 7:55 AM by an anonymous user from Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


    "From: MailBox Update [mailto:riadishaq@hotmail.com]

    Enviado el: lunes, 11 de marzo de 2019 3:09 a. m.

    To: member_services@live.com

    Asunto: Microsoft Account Reset Update

    Importancia: Alta


    This message is being sent to you to inform you that your account will expire on 03/12/2019.

    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"


  • March 4, 2019 at 3:02 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: <MicrosoftAccountSecurityInfoUpdateMicrosoftAccounthello@lovemadly.ca>

    Date: 4 March 2019 at 17:21:54 GMT

    Subject: Microsoft E-mail Account Upgrade , March 2019


    Your Outlook Account needs to be updated.

    We are upgrading our server to a more user friendly one.


    All customers are required to manually upgrade their Microsoft Outlook accounts.

    Due date 4 March 2019"


  • August 9, 2018 at 4:07 AM by an anonymous user from Bedford, England, United Kingdom

    My wife had exactly the same wording on her Hotmail account 09/08/2018 0945hrs, fortunately we are computer literate and searched for scams?

    My daughter was not so lucky, same sort of message from BT clicked the link instead of opening her BT account followed a very helpful agent and had her bank account emptied.


  • July 13, 2018 at 10:58 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Mail Server <bigzonetech@hotmail.com>

    Sent: July 13, 2018 11:58 AM



    We are informing you that your account will be closed ON 15/07/2018 because you have been ignoring all our update messages sent you.

    If you wish to continue using this account update now to continue using our service.

    Click here to update

    Notice: Ignoring this message will cause this account to be terminated without your permission.

    Thanks ,


    Mail Protector ©2018"


  • April 19, 2018 at 3:51 AM by an anonymous user from Norrtälje NV, Stockholm, Sweden

    Here is another scam:

    "Update alert

    Dear User,

    The deadline for updating all E-mail account is Today

    You are advise to Update your account now

    Update your account

    Note: Your account will be suspended if not updated before the end of today.

    Thank you

    Security account team"


  • April 10, 2018 at 2:58 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Account Update! <salimjamall@hotmail.com>

    Date: April 10, 2018 at 4:37:31 AM EDT

    To: "security_drive@microsoft.com" <security_drive@microsoft.com>


    This message cannot be ignored!

    Upgrade Notification

    Your Email account version is outdated and require immediate upgrade

    We might be forced to shut down your email if you do not upgrade

    If you wish to continue using this account please take a few moment to upgrade your account

    Update your account

    Please performing this upgrade after receiving this message

    Your security and safety is our primary concern.

    Thank You

    Email Management team"


  • March 27, 2018 at 1:34 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Team <jan.davison49@live.co.uk>

    Date: March 25, 2018 at 12:09:17 AM CDT

    To: <account-security-noreply @accountprotection.microsoft>

    Subject: ❶✉ Mail On Hold

    E-mail Upgrade!

    Your security info is no longer working

    Our system found that your security

    info is no longer working.

    User have 24hrs you won't be able to sign in to

    your account unless you fix security info

    To fix your security info,

    E-mail Upgrade

    Note: You are required to update within 24hours after receiving this message

    If your security info is already fixed, you can cancel this request."


  • March 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM by an anonymous user from Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina

    I get the codes that do not let me change my password since I got a phising mail.....


  • March 6, 2018 at 12:14 PM by info

    Here is another scam:


    From: Info Security <Dillport@hotmail.com>

    Date: Tue 3/6/2018, 11:32 AM


    E-mail Upgrade Request 2018

    We are asking users to verify due to recent security incidents online.

    This is for your own safety to continue using your account, click the Verify now button below.

    Verify Nοw

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

    Nοte: Please do nοt ignore this email to avοid your account been closed


    Account team."


  • February 6, 2018 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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