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"Hotmail Outlook Email Deactivation In Progress" Phishing Scam

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"Hotmail Outlook Email Deactivation In Progress" Phishing Scam

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The email message below with the subject "Hotmail Outlook Email Deactivation In Progress," which claims a request to delete the recipients' account was received, is a phishing scam created to steal Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail 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 it, and not follow the instructions in it.

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The "Hotmail Outlook Email Deactivation In Progress" Phishing Scam

From: Microsoft <noreply@ecobank.com>

Sent: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 12:11:46 PM

Subject: Hotmail Outlook Email Deactivation In Progress

Mail Deactivation

We have received a request from Microsoft to delete your account chigozieumenze@hotmail.com, your account will be removed from the site shortly and will be permanently deleted within 7 days .

(Note: Please ignore this message if the request was from you, If you wish to cancel this request, do so immediately by verifying your details.)

Verify Now

If you have additional questions, please contact customer service.

Thanks,

Administrator

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.

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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