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Beware of "Microsoft Mailbox Storage Warning" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Microsoft Mailbox Storage Warning" Phishing Scams

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The "Microsoft Mailbox Storage Warning" email message below, which claims that the recipients' accounts have reached the upgrade stage, and they should click on a link to configure their accounts, is a phishing scam. The fake email message was created and sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients’ email account username and password. Once cyber-criminals have gotten their victims’ email account credentials, they will hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently. So, recipients of the fake email message and others like it should delete them and never attempt to click on the links or follow the instructions in them.

Recipients of the same message who have already followed the instructions in it should change their email account's password immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

The "Microsoft Mailbox Storage Warning" Phishing Scam

From: Account verification team <servingyoubetter.microsftoutllook@outlook.com>

Sent: Monday, April 30, 2018 8:09 AM

To: Account verification team

Subject: Mailbox Storage Warning

Microsoft

Dear User,

This is to inform you that your account has reached the upgrade stage, due to you're using the old version of Microsoft. Take a minute to configure your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft account experience.

Your account will be closed in the next 48 hours if not configured to the new version.

Click here to configure your account

Thank you.

Microsoft Customer Support.

Copyright 2018 Inc

The link in the fake email message goes to a fake Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail or Live website. On the fake website, visitors will be asked to sign-in, if they attempt to do so, their email usernames and passwords will be sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the phishing email message. Once the cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims Microsoft account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, hijack the accounts by changing passwords, and use the accounts fraudulently.

Remember, always go directly to your Microsoft mailbox by going to www.hotmail.com, www.outlook.com or, www.live.com verify if your mailbox is full, instead of clicking on a link in an email message. And, for those users whose accounts have already been hijacked, they can click here for help recovering their accounts.

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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Beware of "Microsoft Mailbox Storage Warning" Phishing Scams