Users warned Hotmail account has been blocked by e-mail phishing scam
Users of Windows Live services should be on the lookout for a fake e-mail with the subject, “E-mail account alert!”. It contains the Windows Live Hotmail logo and warns that your Hotmail account has been blocked for sending a high volume of junk e-mail.
The e-mail message attempts to trick unwary users that someone else may have been using their account to send junk messages and provides a link to re-activate their account. By following the link, the user is taken to a page that impersonates the genuine Windows Live login page.
This is the full e-mail message, provided by courtesy of Hoax Slayer:
Dear [e-mail address],
This e-mail has been sent to you by Hotmail to inform you that your account has been blocked.
Why are you seeing this? Someone may have used your account to send out a lot of junk messages (or something else that violates the Windows Live Terms of Service). We’re here to help you get your account back. What do you need to do? We’ll ask you to login to our secured activation page by following the link below and re-activate your account. [Link to bogus website removed]
If you have already confirmed your account information then please disregard this message.
What if you receive this e-mail?
Ignore the e-mail and delete it. You can take additional steps to protect yourself from phishing scams like this:
- Ensure your web browser and anti-virus software are up-to-date
- Check the sender’s e-mail address for anything suspicious
- Verify the web site address of the login page
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