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

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

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

From: E-mail Admin <tdr01@live.com>

Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:18:12 AM

Subject: Secure Information

E-mail Upgrade 2018

Starting from 22/03/2018 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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  • November 7, 2018 at 3:57 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: MICROSOFT SUPPORT TEAM <mldc@hotmail.co.uk>

    Date: 7 November 2018 at 14:58:58 GMT

    To: "ACCOUNT-protection@outlook.noreply.com" <ACCOUNT-protection@outlook.noreply.com>

    Subject: ACCOUNT DE-ACTIVATION PROCESSING

    Mail Upgrade ©2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will have stopped processing incoming email and files on your account

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service and we will be forced to de-activate your account if this notice is ignored.

    UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message.

    Thanks,

    Account team © 2018"

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  • October 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: EMAIL TEAM <biovision@outlook.com>

    Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:54 PM

    To: noreply@account-microsoft.com

    Subject: E-mail Upgrade

    Mail Upgrade ©2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will stopped processing incoming email and files on your account.

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service, we will be forced to De-activate your account if this notice is ignored.

    CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message.

    Thanks,

    Account team ©2018"

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  • September 20, 2018 at 11:51 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: MSN CUSTOMER CARE <bsiewcheng@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 4:43 PM

    To: mails@t-online.de

    Subject: Email upgrade

    Mail Upgrade ©2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will stopped processing incoming email and files on your account.

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service, we will be forced to De-activate your account if this notice is ignored.

    CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message.

    Thanks,

    Account team ©2018"

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  • August 1, 2018 at 6:06 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Microsoft.com Team <Vincent.M_41@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6:13:05 AM

    To: Microsoft.com account team

    Subject: 🚩ACCOUNT DE-ACTIVATION (ACTION REQUESTED)

    Mail Upgrade ©2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will stopped processing incoming email and files on your account

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service and we will be forced to De-activate your account if this notice is ignored.

    UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message.

    Thanks,

    Account team ©2018"

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  • July 30, 2018 at 3:31 AM by an anonymous user from Jicín, Kralovehradecky kraj, Czechia

    Hello, I would like to ask you for help. this is the e-mail I have received today from microsoft com Team. Shall I ignore it? I think it is a virus. Thank you

    "Mail Upgrade ©2018

    This is to notify you for the final time that we will stopped processing incoming email and files on your account.

    since you have refused to upgrade your account to our new service, we will be forced to De-activate your account if this notice is ignored.

    CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE NOW

    Note: This upgrade is required immediately after receiving this message.

    Thanks,

    Account team ©2018"

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    • July 30, 2018 at 5:48 AM by info

      Yes, ignore it because it is a fake and scam.

      remove

  • June 28, 2018 at 6:10 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Van: E-mail Update <sharion@hotmail.co.uk>

    Datum: 28 juni 2018 om 05:18:50 CEST

    Aan: "verification@outlook.com" <verification@outlook.com>

    Onderwerp: Final 2018 Update

    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

    Thanks,

    Account team."

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  • March 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM by an anonymous user from Burbank, California, United States

    Can you provide the malicious URL? Thanks!

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    • March 21, 2018 at 4:02 PM by info

      No, we do not that, plus, the URL changes frequently.

      remove

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