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The "Microsoft Hotmail Update Now" Phishing Email Scams

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The "Microsoft Hotmail Update Now" Phishing Email Scams

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There is no "Microsoft Hotmail Update Now". Therefore, Microsoft users who have received the email message below, which claims they won't be able to sign into their email accounts are asked to delete it because it is a phishing scam being sent by cybercriminals to steal Microsoft Windows Live or Outlook usernames and passwords. The fake email message tricks the recipients into visiting a phishing website where they will be asked to sign into their accounts, but any attempt to sign-in to the phishing website will result in their account credentials being sent to the cybercriminals behind the phishing email message.

The "Microsoft Hotmail Update Now" Phishing Email

From: Services-Customer-UpdateModegsm@soulsanctuary.ca - Services-Customer-UpdateModegsm@soulsanctuary.ca

Sent: 04 March 2019 14:57

Subject: Microsoft Hotmail - Update Now

Hi

Your Outlook Account needs to be updated.

We are upgrading our server to a more user friendly one.

Note

All customers are required to manually upgrade their Microsoft Outlook accounts.

Due date 4 March 2019

Upgrade your account

The link in the email message goes to a fake Microsoft Hotmail website, which will attempt to trick the 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, the information will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.

If you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with your account or something needs to be done to it, it will be shown to you after you have signed into your account. If you were tricked by one of these malicious phishing scams, please change your Hotmail, Live or Outlook immediately. If you are unable to, click here to report it to Microsoft.

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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The "Microsoft Hotmail Update Now" Phishing Email Scams