Beware of "Account De-activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

Beware of "Account De-activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

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The email message below with the subject: "Account De-activation In Progress," which claims that the processing of the recipients' incoming emails will be stopped, is a phishing scam created to email account usernames and passwords. The email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to hijack email accounts and use them for malicious purposes. So, recipients of the same email message are advised to delete it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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The "Account De-activation In Progress" Phishing Scam

From: Microsoft.com account team

Sent: Wednesday, 7 March, 09:24

Subject: Account De-activation In Progress (A New 2018 Version Is Now Available)

Dear user

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 and we might be forced to lock up your account if this notice is ignored.

1. Upgrademy email

2. Youcan also add more security features

This is to improve our service quality. We are sorry for inconveniences

Case number: 894162450

Property: Account Security

Copyright 2018 Inc., Windows Live ID Customer Support.

The link in the email message goes to a fake or phishing website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' potential victims into signing in with their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their email account usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts.

If you have received the same email message, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email message. And, if there is anything wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. If you were tricked by the phishing email, please change your email account password.

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

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  • Nov 27, 2018 at 8:41 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: No Reply <usmanraajpoot@hotmail.com>
    Sent: 27 November 2018 14:08
    To: no-reply@hotmail.com

    Microsoft warning!

    Attn: Dear User,

    Your email address has been included in the blacklist and also been marked as an automatic Spam sender,
    It must be put up-to date and verified otherwise your email account will be permanently closed.

    Update now within 24 hours to show that you are a human being not a robot; continue using your account.

    Update and verify your email address

    Warning: failure will cause permanent De-activation if you do not verify!

    Thank you,
    Account security team
    (c) 2018"


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