Microsoft email account holders are being targeted by scammers 

If you have a Microsoft email account, including Outlook or Hotmail, the company has just issued a warning that users are now being targeted by emails about “fraud protection”. 

It seems like scammers are trying to use spoofed Microsoft websites to steal people’s details, so it’s important to be cautious about fraudulent emails that are circulating. The emails ask users to click on a link and are designed to look like they are official, despite being impersonators. 

Getting tricked by a phishing email like this can be a disaster. It means you could end up giving your personal details to scammers and compromising your accounts, so it’s important to be aware of the latest scams and how to avoid falling for them.

How does the scam work? 

This particular scam is an email that seems like it’s from the “Outlook Support Team”. It’s marked as high priority and says it’s from a “trusted sender”. The message says there’s been suspicious activity on the user’s accounts and gives them a link to follow. 

After clicking on the link, the user is then directed to a fake web page and asked for their email address and password. This data could then be used by the scammers in the future. 

A Microsoft spokesperson told us: ‘We can confirm this is not a genuine communication. Unfortunately, the names of reputable companies like Microsoft are often used fraudulently to lull victims into a false sense of security.

Our customers are often targeted by criminals who are always seeking new and increasingly sophisticated ways to deceive their victims.”

Tips for protecting yourself

To protect yourself, it’s important to be able to identify and report these types of scams. Here are some tips to help you do so:

  1. Be wary of emails that ask you to click on a link or provide personal information, especially if they are unsolicited.
  2. Check the sender’s email address to make sure it is legitimate and not spoofed. For example, for this scam, the email address appears to be just random letters and numbers instead of being a genuine Microsoft address.
  3. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes in the email, as these are often indicative of phishing attempts.
  4. Do not click on links or provide personal information unless you are certain it is a legitimate request.
  5. If you are unsure about the authenticity of an email, contact the company directly using a phone number or email address you know is legitimate. You can report scams on Hotmail or Outlook by clicking on the three dots at the top of the page and selecting “Report”. 

By being vigilant and taking these steps, you can help protect yourself from falling victim to phishing scams like this one.

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