I have heard from a number of Scamicide readers about today’s Scam of the day, which is also one that I have plucked from my own email as well. It has several variations, but it generally involves an email that appears to come from Microsoft in which the targeted victim is told, as in the emails copied below that he or she must update their account in order to keep it active or that Microsoft has changed the terms of their service agreement and provides links to get more information. In regard to the first email related to your email, it is absolutely a scam. In regard to the second, it may be legitimate. Microsoft is indeed changing the terms of its service agreement on June 15th. However the prudent action to take is not to click on the links in the email for further information, but go directly to Microsoft at this link for more information. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servicesagreement/upcoming.aspx
As for the email that deals with your email, if you click on the links in the email to update your account, you end up either directly downloading malware or being taken to a legitimate appearing site that asks for personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft. The best scams have a kernel of truth and the kernel of truth in this scam is that Microsoft is indeed updating its terms of service effective Microsoft service agreement
Here are the two emails. The links in both emails have been deleted.
Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:25 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Subject: Update to our Terms
Please follow the link below to update your account:
Thank You. Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
You’re receiving this email because we are updating the Microsoft Services Agreement, which applies to one or more Microsoft products or services you use. We’re making these updates to clarify our terms and ensure that they remain transparent for you, as well as to cover new Microsoft products, services and features.
|The Microsoft Services Agreement is an agreement between you and Microsoft (or one of its affiliates) that governs your use of Microsoft consumer online products and services.|
|You can read the entire Microsoft Services Agreement here. You can also learn more about these updates on our FAQ page here, including a summary of the most notable changes. The updates to the Microsoft Services Agreement will take effect on June 15, 2021. If you continue to use our products and services on or after June 15, 2021, you are agreeing to the updated Microsoft Services Agreement.|
|If you do not agree, you can choose to discontinue using the products and services, and close your Microsoft account before these terms become effective. If you are a parent or guardian, you are responsible for your child’s or teenager’s use of Microsoft products and services, including purchases.|
Thank you for using Microsoft products and services.
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