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Beware of "Hotmail Account Removal Request" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Hotmail Account Removal Request" Phishing Scams

Hotmail users who have received emails like the one below, which claim that their requests to remove their accounts from Hotmail servers have been approved, are asked to delete them because they are phishing scams. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to steal Hotmail usernames and passwords, by tricking Hotmail users into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials.

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Sample of the "Hotmail Account Removal Request" Phishing Scam

From: The hotmail.com Accounts <nbtfghnrft@atl31.mobilealks.com>

Date: 7 February 2018 at 01:25:50 GMT

Subject: Your Account is being Terminated Ticket ID [CASE:HTM139503043

Reply-To: <fhgnrtfhnrdf@atl31.mobilealks.com>

Hi,

This is to inform you that your request on: 2018-02-06 19-25-20 to remove your account from hotmail.com Servers has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

Ignore this message to continue with email removal or

If this deactivation was not requested by you Please reply to this mail directly without altering the subject.

Regards,

hotmail.com Team

The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake or phishing Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If Hotmail users attempt to sign into the phishing website with their usernames and passwords, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts. The hijacked Hotmail accounts will then be used by cybercriminals fraudulently.

Remember, 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, it will be shown to you after signing in. And, if you were tricked by one of these phishing scams, please change your password immediately before your Hotmail account is hijacked. If your account has already been hijacked, click here for help regaining access to it.

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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 16 at 12:04 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Arlington, Virginia, United States

    "This is to inform you that your request on: ​​2018-02-14 05-11-56 ​to remove your account from hotmail.com Servers has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message."

    I received this message, reported it as phishing scam and deleted the message.

    I also googled to see if this was a phishing scam.

    delete


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