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Beware of "Hotmail Account Removal Request" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Hotmail Account Removal Request" Phishing Scams

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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.

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.

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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  • June 1, 2018 at 9:44 AM by an anonymous user from Landkreis Schwaebisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Region, Germany

    I would like to know if the following email address is a fraud please:

    williambronw0421@hotmail.com

    Gratefully yours.

    T. Southcott

    remove

    • June 1, 2018 at 11:50 AM by info

      You cannot tell if an email address is fraudulent by looking at. We need the actual email message.

      remove

  • April 6, 2018 at 1:06 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "De: Microsoft account <news@mtecbajit.bid>

    Enviado: jueves, 5 de abril de 2018 10:18 a. m.

    Asunto: hi fgalan, Request to Remove Your Account ?

    Microsoft account

    Unusual sign-in activity

    This is to inform you that your request on: 04/04/2018 09:30:10.PM. to remove your account fgalan@*****.*** from outlook.com server has been

    approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

    Regards.

    ignore this message to continue with email removal or

    If this deactivation was not requested by you

    Please reply us. click here.

    If You Receive This Message In Your Junk or Spam Its Due to Your Internet Provider"

    remove

  • February 23, 2018 at 1:33 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: The hotmail.com Accounts <fdghnfrgjn@wbca.businwiz.com>

    Date: February 21, 2018 at 4:20:01 PM CST

    Subject: Your Account is being Terminated Ticket ID [CASE:HTM2617109706]

    Reply-To: <ygjntygjn@wbca.businwiz.com>

    Hello,

    This is to inform you that your request on:2018-02-21 17-18-56 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.

    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"

    remove

  • February 16, 2018 at 12:04 PM by an anonymous user from 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.

    remove

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