Microsoft users, if you have received the "Microsoft Office 365 Recovery Details Threat" email message, see below, claiming that your account has been tampered with, are phishing scams being sent by cyber criminals and not by Microsoft. The fake email message is being sent by cybercriminals who are attempting to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on the link within them. The link goes to a phishing website or a fake website looking like Microsoft’s website, created by cyber criminals to trick potential victims into entering their Microsoft account usernames and passwords on it, by asking them to sign in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cyber criminals.
The "Microsoft Office 365 Recovery Details Threat" Phishing Scam
From: Outlook Mail Protection <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:24 AM
To: Danette Rasmussen
Subject: Re: Recovery details threat
Recovery details threat
Recovery details associated with has been tampered with;
We presume this may be an account takeover action by someone else.
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Once cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims’ account credentials (usernames and passwords), they will use it to hijack their Microsoft accounts and use them fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the phishing email message (see below) who were tricked into clicking on the link within it and have attempted to sign into the phishing or fake website that they were taken, are asked to change their Microsoft account passwords immediately, before they are hijacked and used fraudulently by cybercriminals.
Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://account.microsoft.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified. This is will prevent Microsoft users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steals account credentials.
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