Beware of Outlook.com PHISHING SCAM

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Google Chrome Warned of a phishing link that was clicked in the customer’s email

One of my customers messaged me and forwarded me an email concerned that she had to update her Outlook.com email account or lose all services by tomorrow if she didn’t complete it. Luckily, she was using Google Chrome, which blocked the suspicious link and she wasn’t able to complete the process.  She still thought that since she wasn’t able to update her account that it would be lost. Right away, I said it was a phishing scam. 

Never ever click on links from an email that asks you to update your account with your password…They already know your password! They just want you to GIVE them your password, so that they can hack into your email account!! And if you are one to use the same password (which is a big NoNo) they will try to hack into your other accounts you may have with the same email and password.

Always use a different password for each account.  I use Roboform and have for over 10 years.  I’ve never had a problem and I keep all my passwords securely in this program.  I only have to remember one password and I also have their app on my iPhone.  You can download a trial of Roboform from this link.

My customer forwarded the FAKE PHISHING email to me and this is what is said: (See Screenshot Below) They even make it look real by stealing the Microsoft Outlook logo.

From: uec_100@hotmail.com
To: noreply@hotmail.com
Subject: YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DE-ACTIVATED (WARNING!!)
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:15:37 +0530

Dear Email User,

This is to inform you that on 4th February, 2015, Microsoft Outlook will discontinue support on your account and security.If you choose not to update your account on or before 4th February, 2015, you will not be able to read and send emails,and you will no longer have access to many of the latest features for improved, conversations, contacts and attachments.

Update Your Account (button)

Take a minute to update your account for a faster, safer and full-featured Microsoft Outlook experience.
Thank You
Outlook Warning! Member Service

Let your folks know about this and share with any other person that may be unaware of Phishing scams and beware of such PHISHING emails.  DELETE the email and DO NOT CLICK On any of the links if you did open it!

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Screenshot of PHISHING email – Fake NOT from Outlook

 

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4 Responses to “Beware of Outlook.com PHISHING SCAM”

  1. Kharis says:

    I just received one that said Dear Customer,
    Your email account will be blocked in response to a complaint.
    It then went and listed that is was in violation of the Terms and Conditions provision 13.3
    Is this also a scam?

  2. Eila Goss says:

    I am also getting emails purporting to be from Microsoft. However they are coming up with a Green Shield and tell me they are from a trusted source. Do you know if there is a actually necessity to change from the old Outlook.com and if so how I go about doing it. Thanks.

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