Microsoft Outlook ‘Account Exceeded Storage Limit’ Phishing Scam

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Microsoft Outlook ‘Account Exceeded Storage Limit’ Phishing Scam

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Post by Raffles » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:07 pm

By Brett M. Christensen On February 15, 2016

According to this email, which claims to be from the Microsoft outlook account team, your email account has exceeded its storage limit.

It warns that incoming messages may be ‘placed on pending’ and urges you to open an attached file to verify the account and upgrade your storage. It also threatens that, should you not verify the account within 24 hours, all of your incoming messages will be deleted.

However, the email is not from Microsoft. It is a phishing scam designed to steal your Microsoft Account login details. If you click the attachment, a fake ‘Outlook Web App’ login box will open in your default browser. If you enter your Microsoft Account details in the fake box, you will then be automatically redirected to the real Outlook.com website.

But, alas, your account login details can be collected by scammers and used to hijack not only your Outlook.com email account but any other connected Microsoft services you may have. Once they have gained access, the scammers can use your account to launch further spam and scam campaigns in your name. They can also steal information from connected accounts such as OneDrive.....

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