Hotmail phishing: Don’t send us the wrong password or we’ll suspend your account!

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you been told to verify your Hotmail account? Did you receive a message saying that Hotmail’s email servers were congested, and so they were removing all unused accounts?

If so, I hope you responded to the email with a roll of the eyes and a quick stab of the delete button. Because if you didn’t, you might have been at risk of having your login credentials stolen.

Thanks to Naked Security reader Rob, who forwarded us the following phishing email that he and others received, posing as communication from Hotmail:

Part of the email reads:

We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to the congestion in our E-mail servers there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Account. You will have to confirm if your E-mail account is still active by filling out your information below after clicking the reply button

The email then requests that you reply with your Hotmail username, password, date of birth and country. Of course,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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