The "Your Office 365 Account is About to Be Deleted" Phishing Scam

The Your Office 365 Account is About to Be Deleted Phishing Scam

Office 365 users are asked to delete email messages like the one below, which claim that their Office 365 account is about to be deleted. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals 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 cybercriminals to trick potential victims into signing in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cybercriminals.

A "Your Office 365 Account is About to Be Deleted" Phishing Scam

From: <>

Date: March 16, 2019 at 4:35:33 PM EDT

Subject: Re: Your Office 365 acount is about to be deleted

Your Office 365 Business Essentials

Invoice is ready

Sign in to the Office 365 Admin center To Pay your Invoice

View this message in the Office 365 message center

To customize what's included in this email, who gets it, or to unsubscribe, set your Message center preferences.

Edit release preferences

Choose the release track for your organization. Use these settings to join First Release if you haven't already.

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.

Office 365 users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to 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 Office 365 users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steals account credentials.

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The "Your Office 365 Account is About to Be Deleted" Phishing Scam