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Phishing on Hotmail and Live Mail accounts

By AlbertLionheart
Mar 19, 2009
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  1. Got this this morning: people are going to fall for this one.

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    Dear Account User

    This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    Due to the congestion in all Hotmail users and removal of all unused Hotmail Accounts, Hotmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    * Username:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

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  2. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 Newcomer, in training Posts: 563

    Thanks Albertlionheart. I never open e-mails from Windows Live Hotmail Team anyways hehe but it's good to know that if I got one of those that I should be deleting it on receipt. Hotmail never ever greets it's users by "Dear Account User" lol. They have your name stored in the database and that's always what's used to address account holders.

    Spyder_1386 :)
  3. wee1man

    wee1man TechSpot Member Posts: 60

    Thanks we have the same trouble over here in new zealand with our local auction site trade me so its interesting to know these scams , and their are gullible creatures out their who fail miserably , they are not at fault they seem to have been born this way .
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,711

    You know this and I know this, but most of your average punters out there don't know and the rest of them don't think!
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