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The "Microsoft January Server Alert - Your MailBox Inbox, Sent and Other Folders will be Closed" Phishing Scam

The "Microsoft January Server Alert - Your MailBox Inbox, Sent and Other Folders will be Closed" email message below which claims that the recipients' accounts will be deactivated and the processing of incoming emails will be stopped, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft usernames and passwords. The email message was not sent by Microsoft, but 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 and do not follow the instructions in it.

The Microsoft January Server Alert - Your MailBox Inbox, Sent and Other Folders will be Closed Phishing Scam
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The "Microsoft January Server Alert - Your MailBox Inbox, Sent and Other Folders will be Closed" Phishing Scam

From: Mail Service <ljh141414@daum.net>

Date: 1/9/19 10:25 (GMT-07:00)

To: outlooksecure@mailservice.com

Subject: JANUARY SERVER ALERT: Your MailBox Inbox,Sent and Other Folders Will Be Closed

Dear User,

We received your request to empty all your Inbox,Sent,Draft and other Folders.

We will also De-activate & Close Your Account Within 48 hours if you do not respond to this notification.

You need to confirm if you made this request or we will continue with the De-activation process.

If you think you did not make this request and it is an error, Kindly follow the link below to cancel it immediately before the deadline day.

Click here to Re-sign in and cancel Request

Thank You

Account Team 2019.

The link in the email message goes to a fake Outlook or Microsoft website, which will attempt to trick the cyber-criminals' 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, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email 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 Microsoft Hotmail/Live/Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 7:06 PM by an anonymous user from: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States

    Thank you for this article. I just received this email.

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The "Microsoft January Server Alert - Your MailBox Inbox, Sent and Other Folders will be Closed" Phishing Scam