I have heard from a number of Scamicide readers about today’s Scam of the day.  It is another version of a Microsoft phishing email I described last May.  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 email 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. The best scams have a kernel of truth and the kernel of truth in this scam is that Microsoft did indeed change 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 or to update, but go directly to Microsoft at this link for more information. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servicesagreement/upcoming.aspx

 

Microsoft Service Agreement 2021  

Click Here to update

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The first indication that this is a scam is that the email address from which it was sent had absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft. It most likely is the email address of someone whose email account was hacked and made a part of a botnet to send out these phishing emails.   According to Microsoft, emails to you pertaining to your account will always end with @accountprotection.microsoft.com. Another indication that this is a scam is the stilted language and incorrect grammar used, such as in the phrase “carried out in purpose.”  Scams originating in countries where English is not the primary language will often contain spelling and grammatical errors.

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