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    I received a notice from windows live? that a password change request was received and asked me to confirm or cancel this request.  While the request looks genuine I am concerned to click the "cancel" link which has a long URL.  the message appears to be genuine but how do I know?  Here is the message.

    Reset your Windows Live password
    From: Microsoft Customer Support (postmaster@live.com)
    Sent:
    Tue 1/22/08 10:31 AM
    To:
    xxxxxxxxxx



     


     
    Hello, (my email address )

    We received your request to reset your Windows Live password. To confirm your request and reset your password, follow the instructions below. Confirming your request helps prevent unauthorized access to your account.

    If you didn't request that your password be reset, please follow the instructions below to cancel your request.


    CONFIRM REQUEST AND RESET PASSWORD

    1. Copy the following web address:

    https://accountservices.msn.com/EmailPage.srf?emailid= xxxxxx
    IMPORTANT: Because fraudulent ("phishing") e-mail often uses misleading links, Microsoft recommends that you do not click links in e-mail, but instead copy and paste them into your browsers, as described above.

    2. Open your web browser, paste the link in the address bar, and then press ENTER.

    3. Follow the instructions on the web page that opens.


    CANCEL PASSWORD RESET

    1. Copy the following web address.

    https://accountservices.msn.com/EmailPage.srf?emailid=22a4f15a5210dfd0&ed=B9VmDxxDgiUTLnWqowcUpTAFA4xxxxxxx
    IMPORTANT: Because fraudulent ("phishing") e-mail often uses misleading links, Microsoft recommends that you do not click links in e-mail, but instead copy and paste them into your browsers, as described above.

    2. Open your web browser, paste the link in the address bar, and then press ENTER.

    3. Follow the instructions on the web page that opens.


    OTHER INFORMATION

    Windows Live is committed to protecting your privacy. We encourage you to review our privacy statement Privacy Statement at http://g.msn.com/2privacy/enus.

    For more information, go to the Windows Live Account site at https://account.live.com.


    Thank you,

    Microsoft Customer Support

    NOTE: Please do not reply to this message, which was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:54 PM

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