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Windows Live Phishing Scam

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  • Today I received an email that looked like an official Microsoft email in my Hotmail account.  Text from the message is pasted below.  The graphics appeared very legitimate.  If I could post a screen shot of that message here I would do so.   I'm posting this text in the hopes that others receiving the same email will know that it is illegitimate.

    [The background color of the email is dark blue, with white text.]

     

    Windows Live TM

    New Ways to Connect.

    New Ways to Correct.

    Windows LiveTM Essentials continues to evolve with two fun new features:

    Microsoft® respects your privacy. Please read Carefully.

     

    Dear Account Owner,

     

    This Email is from Windows Live™ Hotmail Customer Care™® and we are sending to all our account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is bringing congestion's to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account is among. The purpose of this email is for you to verify that you are the owner of this account and you are still using it by filling the information below after clicking on the reply button:

     

    * Full Name:..................................

    * User Name:................................

    * Password:..................................

    * Date of Birth:..............................

    * Country Or Territory:...............

     

    After following the above instructions your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this effect. We apologize for any inconveniences. 

     

    Warning!!! Account owner's that refuses to update there account after three days of receiving

    this warning will lose the account permanently.

     

    NOTE: Click Reply To Fill in Required Information

     

    Sincerely,

    Steve Craddock  

     

    [This block of text appears on the right side of the email in a yellow-orange box with a red ribbon]

    Great offers on hardware and softwrae for the Holidays!

    Time for a new PC? Thinking about upgrading to Windows® 7? Now is the time to buy and save with great holiday deals.

    [The signature of the email has a "Windows Live Essentials" navigation bar with 4 buttons to navigate to Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Live Movie Maker.]

     

    Windows Live Essentials

    Get the most out of Windows Live with email, 

    IM, photos and movies

    Windows Live Mail

    Windows Live Messenger 

    Windows Live Photo Gallery

    Windows Live Movie Maker

     

    Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way

    Redmond, Washington 98052

    Tuesday, August 02, 2011 4:24 PM

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