As I am sure you are well aware, there are many people out there who send bogus emails saying all sorts of things, hoping to get information from you to gain access to your accounts, information, money, etc. I’m putting up this post based on a growing number of fake Hotmail emails I have received (believe me, I am the wrong person to spam with fake Microsoft emails) as well as in response to what others have flagged around fake Microsoft phone calls taking place right now to help inform you what to look out for regarding yourself and those you know.
As you can see in the image above (click it for full size), I have noted several things to watch out for when you get emails telling you to disclose information or for access to an account:
There are other things that should alert you to fakes like this, such as:
By the way, this is just one kind of fake mails that people send out trying to pretend to be Microsoft. Please take a look at my How to avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently post that I put up earlier on several of the others that you should watch out for (Microsoft lottery, security updates, and more) and it also includes links to additional security information available from Microsoft to help protect yourself.. Oh, and please let your friends, family, colleagues, clients, etc. know about these as well.
Another general tip to help keep you safe is, if someone emails you and says that your account (be it Microsoft, a bank, a credit card, etc.) is in jeopardy or needs action, instead of clicking the links in the mail or sending a bunch of information back to them that contains your account or personal information, go to the site directly and see what is going on. For instance, if you get an email that says, “CLICK HERE to unlock your account!,” instead of blindly clicking that link (which will probably take you to a site that will do bad things to you), go to your web browser and type in the address of your account directly to see what it says (such as www.hotmail.com) If your Hotmail account is actually blocked, you won’t be able to get into it. If you log in just fine with no error or security warnings, you’re obviously NOT locked out of your account. I see these types of mails a lot, supposedly from banks, credit cards, online payment sites, etc.
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Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Director, Worldwide Partner Experience Microsoft Corporation This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights