Watch out for new Hotmail account shut-down phishing scam

We’ve recently heard about a new phishing scam that targets Windows Live Hotmail users.  If you see an e-mail message that looks like the one below, do not respond. Delete it or click Junk to mark the sender as unsafe and delete the message.

The most important clue that this is a phishing scam is the request for personal information. The Windows Live team does not request passwords, user names, or other personal information via e-mail.

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For more information, see Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mail.


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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    this scam going around heavy now, rec 3 in last week  oct.9, 10

  2. Anonymous

    this person sent the exact email to me and I fell for it…

  3. Anonymous

    my account has been violated lm in ghana my uk mobile has been sent a code? lve not recieved it,my ghana mobile is 00233249919938 no matter what hotmail wont put my email back online so l can reply even an alias does,nt work,

  4. Anonymous

    When doubt Google,that's how got here.

    I'm not as dumb as they are.

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