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Offline raysmith

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Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:22:50 AM »
I have received two recent requests on my hotmail account requesting the information below.  Does anyone know if this request is genuine or a scam?  The email claims to be from the 'outlook team'.   It is not blocked by hotmail.

The request reads in part:

"We are conducting a compulsory verification due to recent upgrade in our database. Please, reconfirm your email account so that it will be recorded in our new database system.
We need you to reply and fill in the information below within one week, or you will lose your account permanently.

*Username
*Password
*Date of birth
*Country or Territory........."


This particular email account is very important to me so I do not want to lose it.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2013, 11:27:04 AM by raysmith »

Offline sd2350

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 11:27:24 AM »
It is not genuine. Never reply to emails like that.

Or troll the sender and reply with an email that says "My information can be found by following the link below" and send them to a nice lemon party.

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 11:36:15 AM »
what email address was it sent from?
use google to search the site

site:waygook.org XXXX

replace 'XXXX' with your search term

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 11:52:49 AM »
what email address was it sent from?

The first email came from:

database486@outlook.com

The second email came from:

database836@outlook.com

When I had a closer look at the emails, I noticed that both emails were addressed to an email address that was not mine.   However both emails were in my hotmail account inbox.

If these are scams, shouldn’t hotmail be screening out emails with ‘outlook’ in the email address?

Offline stevelee0000

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 01:24:54 PM »
They want you to reply through email your information?  If it was real they have other technical means of verifying you.  Note that once someone gains access to your email account, they have access to all your other accounts via email verification methods and such, so getting email access is the primary target for identity thieves.
So yeah, it's a scam.

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 05:50:15 PM »

Quote from: raysmith
If these are scams, shouldn’t hotmail be screening out emails with ‘outlook’ in the email address?
Why? @outlook.com is a valid email address to have.


If you go to www.outlook.com you'll notice you can sign into your 'Hotmail' there. New Microsoft accounts have the option of making their email address  <blah>@live.com/hotmail.com/outlook.com


Also, just like links, the "who this is from" in an email header can be faked. Here, click on this link to go to Outlook.com.

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 06:33:03 PM »
Yep those are totally fake 100000% bro
Take that apologists!

Offline raysmith

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Re: Is this request from Microsoft hotmail (Outlook) genuine?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 07:52:05 PM »

Quote from: raysmith
If these are scams, shouldn’t hotmail be screening out emails with ‘outlook’ in the email address?
Why? @outlook.com is a valid email address to have.


If you go to www.outlook.com you'll notice you can sign into your 'Hotmail' there. New Microsoft accounts have the option of making their email address  <blah>@live.com/hotmail.com/outlook.com


Also, just like links, the "who this is from" in an email header can be faked. Here, click on this link to go to Outlook.com.

Fair enough.

Thanks for all the responses.

 

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