The "Outlook Security Team We Detected Some Malicious Content" email below, which claims the recipients' account will be permanently deleted or deactivated, 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 "Outlook Security Team We Detected Some Malicious Content" Phishing Scam
Avoid Closure of [email address]
Outlook Security Team - email@example.com
Mon 5/6/2019 12:00 PM
User ID: [email address],
We Detected Some malicious content (Virus) and received a request to permanently delete your account. Your account will be deactivated from the server and permanently deleted.
If You did not Request to Delete your Account Click the Request to Cancel to Verify your password and Security settings.
UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT
Thanks for your help and patience!
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.