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WARNING: Windows Live Team Phishing Scam

I just received the following phishing email message claiming to be from the Windows Live Team. If you receive this email, do not respond to it. Just delete the message.

Some of the indicators that this email is not legitimate include:

  • Email address of the sender is a plain hotmail address
  • Poor grammar, capitalization, and spacing.
  • Asks for  too much personal information (Windows Live would not ask for your password, secret question, secret answer, and date of birth)

Here is the text of the message that I received:

Subject: Important Message Regarding Your Windows Live Account

From: Windows Live Team [zarjah@hotmail.com]

Dear Account User,
              This Email is from Windows Live Team Customer Care and we are sending it to every Windows Live Team Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of  Windows Live Team accounts so we are shutting down some Windows Live Team accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.We are sending you this email to so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account.If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name,password,secret question,secret answer,date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.Due to the congestion in all Windows Live Team users and removal of all unused Accounts, Windows Live Team will be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
* YOUR NAME:
*USER NAME:
*E-MAIL ID:
*PASSWORD:
*VERIFY PASSWORD:
*ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS:
*DATE OF BIRTH:
*COUNTRY/TERRITORY:
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently. We apologize.
Windows Live Team Account Service
Team Admin….


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135 Responses to “WARNING: Windows Live Team Phishing Scam”

  1. Art says:

    I received this e-meail:

    ACCOUNT™ @ CONFIRMATION®

    This email from Windows Live Customer Service® and we are sending it to all account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted. 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 instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team™

    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
    Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    It really bothers me to receive this kind of e-mails.

    • rachel says:

      i got one this morning- although it seems to be evolving with what is wriitten her, its now lost its secrat question line, added a we will not share your information line and now demands response within 24 hours not 2 weeks,on the further information tab it told me it was sent by wanda47@hotmail.co.uk i did search this email address but nothing came up on google ….luckily after reading it 3 times it still didnt seem right, then i found your thread, oh well better luck next time wanda…..however i will be forwarding all the scam emails i get this week to that email address….just for the fun of it of course lol

    • Joe says:

      Thanks guys for publishing theses false mails, I was about to give in to their demands but thanks to you I now know it was a scam.

    • mr mcleod says:

      yeo just recieved the same email,, my goodness i will post it to facebook so nobody gets harmed with this scam,,, the more we tell others the more we will get positive outcomes,,,by the way is there a adress/website where we can send these scammers adresses too so the right police can investigate

    • Robert says:

      I recieved this email today from zboyjay@hotmail.com. What can be be done to stop this scam?

  2. Sarah says:

    Glad to see I’m not just paranoid! Here’s what my email looked like:

    From: revcheryl@msn.com
    To: communication@microsoft.ac.user.com
    Subject: MSN Account Closure Alert™
    Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:19:54 +0000

    Dear MSN User,

    Your Windows Live MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name: ……………….
    User Name:…………………..
    Password:…………………….
    Date of Birth: ………………..
    Country or Territory:……………

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live MSN Team

  3. Zack says:

    Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:28:55 -0800
    Subject: Windows Live Team Alert Confirmation(R)
    From: customerserviceealert@hotmail.com

    DEAR ACCOUNT USER,
    This is email from Windows Live Customer Service® and we are sending it to all account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted. 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:

    Username:
    Password:
    Date of Birth:
    Country or Territory:

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

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

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  4. Bobbie says:

    And yet another…..I wish everyone would check scam reports before ever replying to an email that asks for your password. Too bad people still fall for it, if they didn’t these idiots would get bored and go away.

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    From: Window Live Team™ (vajdas@msn.com)
    Sent: Tue 3/15/11 10:19 AM
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    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to the congestion in our Hotmail servers there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Account. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 Hours for security reasons.

    Name: ………………………………….

    User Name……………………………..

    Password: ………………………………

    Date of Birth ……………………………

    Country or Territory…………………..

    Ensure every detail requested above is provided correctly upon receipt of this notification to enable the upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation

  5. Jin says:

    Windows Live Team Alert Confirmation®

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Windows Live account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Full Name: …………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team
    ——————————————–
    This particular spammer is called – vcisneros66@hotmail.com.
    Check their emails, always turns out to be some random person. They can put any random names, hence the reason why you see them coming up as WINDOWS LIVE TEAM or something like taht.

    Yearp, these people need to be SHUT DOWN.
    Will it be possible for MSN to close down the accounts that are doing these things – as soon as they are detected?
    Granted, they could keep making new accounts, but I suppose these douche bags are like viruses that need to be obliterated. Also, when they apply for accounts – personal info is given to MSN, right? Could that info be used to blacklist them? Then it could stop them making new ones.

  6. kelly says:

    I just replied as follows:

    You are the biggest scam artists and I am reporting you to Hotmail and Microsoft.

    Please get a real job and find something useful to do with your time.

  7. Bob Emerson says:

    I have recieve an email from hotmail saying they want to me to send them my account and password. Is they a way I can forward this to the hotmail team so they can stop this idiot. I have the email address if need be or I can send the email to you. Just let me know.

    Bob Emerson

    • Linda says:

      This is the email I’ve recieved from Windows Live. I’ve been getting them pretty regular since last month. I didn’t know what to make of them until I found this site.

      Dear MSN User,

      Your Windows Live MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
      Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

      Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

      Full Name: …….
      User Name:………..
      Password: …..……
      Date of Birth: ……..
      Country or Territory: ……….

      Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
      We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

      Sincerely,
      Windows Live MSN Team

      I did look up on Windows live site and this is all I found:

      Thank-you for your interest in Windows Live Alerts. After much consideration we have decided to discontinue this service as part of the Windows Live offerings. Please sign up with Windows Live Alerts partners directly to receive their newsletters or other content updates from them. Hotmail Calendar Alerts and reminders will continue to be managed by Windows Live Alerts for the time being.

      After further searching I came across this site:

      http://www.emailscammers.com/windows-live-hotmail-alert-email-verification-scam/

      It tells of the scam. The following link is where you can post scammers to the FBI.

      http://www.emailscammers.com/report-email-scams/

      Thanks for all your information everyone, you saved me some trouble with my emails. And helped protect my information.

      Linda

  8. Sneza says:

    Hello from Rome! I received this email yesterday and thanks god that I found this web site! So Now I am shore that its spam. Bellowed is all message and the thing that amazed me -: there is also the name of the person and the photo!!!!!!
    So is it possible to take some legal way to stop this things?
    I will be so happy to hear some your opinion or idea or ….
    thanks
    Best regards,
    Sneza

    The spam message:

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    * Name:
    * User Name:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:

    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Dick Craddock

    • Tom Swanson says:

      Sneza,
      It is very easy to spoof an email address and make it look like it came from a legitimate email user. That is what makes it difficult to go after these phishing schemes.

      Thank you for letting me know that I have had a visitor from Rome!

      • Mike Schoppe says:

        Tom,
        I just received a new phishing scam. Subject line says, “Update! (Final Notice)”. I see lots of people getting caught by this. Everyone need to realize that a legitimate request for information will never ask for a password. If it does, junk it!

        The body now includes a picture.

        HOTMAIL EMAIL ADDRESS IS CHANGING
        Our email address is changing! To ensure you continue to receive important emails regarding your Hotmail service, you’ll need to please confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Info below after clicking the reply button or your account will be Automatically changed and suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

        Full Name:………………………………
        User Name:………………………………
        Password:…………………………………
        Date Of Birth:…………………………….
        Country Or Territory:………………………..

        No one likes getting SPAM (unsolicited email), and email filters and SPAM blockers can be working overtime to protect you. However, aggressive SPAM filters can sometimes block legitimate emails — emails you really want.

        Thank you for choosing Windows Live. Your business is important to us.

        The Windows Live Hotmail Team Member Services

        I hope this helps at least one person from being caught by this.

  9. Jori Krystek says:

    Same message I keep receiving follows:
    Hotmail Alert!!!‏
    From: Windows Live Team (frmojohn@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Sat 3/14/09 6:38 AM
    To:

    Dear Account User

    This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    Due to the congestion in all Hotmail users and removal of all unused Hotmail Accounts, Hotmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    * Username: ………………………..
    * Password: …………………………..
    * Date of Birth: ……………………….
    * Country Or Territory: …………….

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

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    • Susan says:

      Just got same type of mail, supposedly from Windows Live Team regarding a secondary account.
      The sender is Windows Live Team Upgrade ( missmelaniemoore@msn.com) with no address to me,yet ended up in my account mail.
      Message stating congestion in hotmail accounts and needs upgraded information to keep hotmail account active. Wants Name: ……………………..
      Username: ……………………..
      Password: …………………….
      Country or Territory: …………

      if info is incorrect or not received within 48 hours the account will be closed for security reasons.
      Windows Live Team

  10. Larry Newsome says:

    Here is an e-mail i just got from Windows Live Team

    Payment Of Prize And Claim(Reply to: msw_claimsdept9@live.com)‏
    From: Windows Live Team (gisele.chouri@noos.fr)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Sun 3/15/09 6:21 PM
    To:

    Microsoft Award TeamBaley House, Har RoadSutton, Greater LondonSM1 4te United A Kingdom.Batch: 12/25/0340 Dear Winner This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of fivehundred thousand pounds(£500,000) from New Year Edition 2009Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC,WINDOWS LIVE & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all theemail addresses of people that are active online,among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail weonly select five people every Month as our winners throughelectronic balloting System without the winner applying,wecongratulate you for being one of the people selected. PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIMYou are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect tofacilitate the protocol of your winning prize before the dateof Claim,Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/herSettlement Center. Prize must be claimed not later than 15days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date inwhich Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this periodwill be forfeited. These are your identification numbers:Batch number……………….12/25/0340Reff number……………………Ref:MSN-L/200-26937Winning number………………..YM09788 To begin your claim please contact our licensed andaccredited agent assigned to you Mr. Terry Martins(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)Email: msw_claimsdept9@live.comTel: +44-702-404-2554 You are therefore advised to send the following informationto the claims agent to facilitate them and in order for themto have access in proceeding with the transfer of yourfunds to your nominated bank account. 1. Full name………2. Country…..3. Contact Address…4. Telephone Number….5. Marital Status…..6. Occupation……7. Company……..8. Age……… Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days fromdate of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prizehas won. Any prize not claimed within this period will beforfeited. Congratulations!! once again. Yours in service,Mrs. Pamela James(Operation Manager)

  11. Bob Gillies says:

    Can’t you detect these and delete them before they come through to us?

  12. linda says:

    Dear Account User

    CONFIRM YOUR WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT SERVICES. VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW !!!

    This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    * Username: …………………………
    * Password: …………………………..
    * Date of Birth: ……………………….
    * Country Or Territory: ……………..

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

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Windows Live™: Keep your life in sync. Check it out.

  13. You would think that Hotmail would email us and warn us of this phishing scam since it was supposedly using their corporation’s name.

    If they had, I missed it.

    I was very concerned at first my account would be canceled because I have some sentimental emails from my late Dad in my “save” file. I guess I should print them, huh?

    I find it perfectly reasonable that hotmail would want to close down unused accounts so I will bet some people will imprudently comply.

    I would have fallen prey had I not noticed that the return email was obviously not Hotmail and the email supposedly from hotmail itself said “you may not know this person” and hotmail blocked the graphics until I hit the “safe” button. It never does any of that with its own Spam. At least I don’t think it does….

    That’s what prompted me to do a yahoo search, which led me here. Had this scammer been a little more sophisticated he might have included a link where we would plug in our passwords etc instead of including them in the body of the email — a dead give away that it is not legit.

    AND I JUST SPILLED MY COFFEE!!! So I am requesting the Internet Police please add that crime to the list of charges against yee_xiong04@yahoo.com.

    • Elie Jabbour says:

      hi, since yesterday someone using my e-mail and ask all my friend for money,so please i need help and i dont know what to do.
      i have open a new e-mail but i really dont know what to do or how i can delete my Account,
      help me please..

  14. And another thing. It is to bad you can’t send these scammers a Virus bomb back and destroy thier computer. Kinda like in the movie “Stargate” whent he good guys beamed up a nuclear bomb to the bad guy’s spaceship with four seconds to go on the clock.

    Yeah, just like that.

  15. Djoudi says:

    Hello and Welcome to Windows Live Hotmail®

    Congratulations! You have just been selected as of this year winners of the Windows Live Hotmail email promo.

    This is to officially inform you that you have won $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars).

    MICROSOFT WINDOWS, arrange and gather all the e-mail addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to All email Address, and others we only select Nine(9) candidates per annually as our winners through Electronic Balloting System (EBS) without the candidate applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

    The next generation of MSN® Hotmail is in your hands – fast, simple, and safer than ever before.
    • Bookmark this link to login to your Windows Live Hotmail

  16. Djoudi says:

    These numbers above fall within the agent’s Location file, you are requested to contact your Agent and send your Identification Numbers and Personal Information to him;

    BARR. TERRY FREEDMAN Sat his email:

    Email: Freedman33@Aggies.com

    You are therefore advised to send the following information to him to facilitate them and process the transfer of your fund with the appointed paying bank.

    Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him immediately:

    Personal Information
    1. Full name………………
    2. Country………………..
    3. Contact Address………..
    4. Telephone Number………
    5. Marital Status…………..
    6. Occupation………………
    7. Age……………………..
    8. Sex…………………….
    Date……………………..
    Congratulations once again.
    Yours in service,

  17. Tom Swanson says:

    Djoudi’s post above shows another email scam for Hotmail users to watch out for.

  18. Hotmail Account Alert‏

    From: Window Live Team (lnmoss@hotmail.com)

    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk

    Sent: 12 November 2009 17:59:44

    To: Window Live Team (lnmoss@hotmail.com)

    Dear Account Owner

    This is email from Windows Live Hotmail and we are sending it to you account user for your safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted,so 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:

    * Username:……………………………………
    * Password:……………………………………
    * Date of Birth:……………………………….
    * Country Or Territory: …………………….

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

    Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  19. i recieved this email above on the 12th november 2009, not sure what to do with it?

  20. Amina Durrani says:

    Verify Your Account Now To avoid Been Closed‏
    From: Widown Live Team (jana9689@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2009 5:35:01 PM
    To: msnwindowslive9000@live.com
    ACCOUNT@ UPDATED

    Dear Account Owner

    CONFIRM YOUR WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT SERVICES. VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID IT CLOSED !!!

    This is email from Windows Live Hotmail® and we are sending to all account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted,so 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:

    User Name:

    Password:

    Date Of Birth:

    Country Or Territory:

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

    Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 48 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  21. Claudia Dukeshire says:

    I just received a Pfishing email too. Here it is, below.
    Claudia

    CLOSURE OF HOTMAIL ACCOUNTS!!!‏‏
    From: Windows Live Team (maddisc@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Wed 12/23/09 1:58 AM
    To: Windows Live Team (maddisc@hotmail.com)

    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required so as to store in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will lose his or her account permanently.

    To update and enable us restore your account details in our data base to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below.

    Name: ……………………..
    Username: ……………………..
    Password: …………………….
    Date of Birth: …………………

    Country or Territory: …………

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team

    Microsoft Corporation

  22. OneLifesDream says:

    Warning!!! Hotmail Account Alert‏
    From: Windows Live Team (abby_hubbard_09@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Tue 12/29/09 5:53 PM
    To: communication@microsoft.ac.user.com

    Windows Live Hotmail Alert!!!

    CONFIRM YOUR WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT SERVICES. VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID IT CLOSED !!!

    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required so as to store in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will lose his or her account permanently.
    To update and enable us restore your account details in our data base to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below.

    Name: ……………………..
    Username: ……………………..
    Password: …………………….
    Date of Birth: …………………

    Country or Territory: …………

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note:

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation

  23. i received this email today 30/12/09
    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required so as to store in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will lose his or her account permanently.

    To update and enable us restore your account details in our data base to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below.

    Name: ……………………..
    Username: ……………………..
    Password: …………………….

    Date of Birth: …………………

    Country or Territory: …………

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note:

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation

    ——————————————————————————–

  24. Jane says:

    I just received this one:

    LAST WARNING(ACCOUNT ALERT)‏
    From: Windows live Team support (mbonil015@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: January 18, 2010 2:46:34 AM
    To:

    Windows Live Hotmail Alert !!!

    Dear Account Owner

    This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    * Username: ………………………….
    * Password: …………………………..
    * Date of Birth: ……………………….
    * Country Or Territory: …………….

    Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  25. Skebanga says:

    Pity I did not see the above a whole lot sooner, I fell for the ‘scam’ & as a result was hit by a ‘freezer virus’ (think thats what it’s called! anyway I can no longer access my original account & this is my ‘new’ one. I’ve just seen in my In Box – mail from ‘Windows Live Team…CLOSURE OF HOTMAIL ACCOUNT’!!!’ this time I’m NOT even goint to open it. I’m just passing this one to everyone here OK! I’d hate for anyone to be hit with a ‘FREEZER’ Take Care Everyone Skebanga

    • Patrick says:

      You were not the only one that got a virus from there hot mail account. I have 3 accounts with msn,and someone took over one of my accounts . At first they just sent everyone on my mailing list spam. I would go on line invisible and all of a sudden I would be available. Then msn shut down my account. I tried to talk with them to find out what to do and how to stop this . I will tell you it was very very hard to find out were to send an email to the team for help. After about 3 months I got my account open up again and I changed my pass word. This helped a lot. But I keep going on line as available after I checked a couple of emails out. Then all of a sudden I couldn’t do anything with my computer . I called my internet provider and they told me I had a virus. I couldn’t do anything with my computer. So I had to reformat my computer. Which really pissed me off, I lost a lot of things I wanted to keep. Even after formatting I still go on line invisible and all of a sudden I am available. Plus I am getting many invites to be friends from girls wanting me to add them so they can get me to pay them to watch them get nude. I wonder if it is these girls that took over my email account ? Like one of the guys said before. I wished we could send these guys some kind of cyber bomb that would blow up there computers. And I really think that the live team should do something about this , also make it easier for people to contact them for help.

  26. mooniestar says:

    Well… I fell for the scam, and now all of my friends are asking me why I’m suddenly emailing them for $2800 dollars in travel fees. I’ve had that account for over 6 years and EVERYTHING is in there… ugh, what do I do????? I’m so mad at myself for falling for it and now I feel so stupid. *sigh* I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up tomorrow and found my bank account entirely empty.

  27. Ray says:

    15/03/2010

    I just got the exact same message off

    Windows Live Team® (theva48_lk@hotmail.com)

  28. Mirza says:

    HOTMAIL ALERT !!!‏
    From: Windows Live Team (r.gruizenga@hotmail.com)

    Dear Account User

    CONFIRM YOUR WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT SERVICES. VERIFY YOUR FREE HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW !!!

    This Email is from Hot mail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hot mail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestion’s due to the anonymous registration of Hot mail accounts so we are shutting down some Hot mail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    Due to the congestion in all Hot mail users and removal of some Hot mail Accounts, Hot mail would be shutting down some Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.Hot mail Account is changing to turning a new leaf and you need to confirm Your Account to Avoid Closed,

    User name:
    Password:
    Date of Birth:
    Country Or Territory:

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.
    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hot mail Team
    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

  29. frank says:

    why do I get these alert often several a day for several months now? It is very frustrating to deal with since I am away from my computer for several days a week setting up our nonprofit farm.

  30. Harry says:

    Hello and Welcome to Windows Live Hotmail®

    Congratulations! You have just been selected as of this year winners of the Windows Live Hotmail email promo.

    This is to officially inform you that you have won $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars).

    MICROSOFT WINDOWS, arrange and gather all the e-mail addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to All email Address, and others we only select Nine(9) candidates per annually as our winners through Electronic Balloting System (EBS) without the candidate applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

    The next generation of MSN® Hotmail is in your hands – fast, simple, and safer than ever before.
    • Bookmark this link to login to your Windows Live Hotmail

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    PAYMENT OF PRIZE CLAIM

    We are sorry that your Payment Approval File was sent to Africa (Republic of Ghana) due to we have 3 lucky winners in Africa so that you can be cleared and paid simultaneously there. You are to contact our Location Claim Agent on or before your date of Claim.

    Windows live Hotmail prize must be claimed not later than 14 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won.

    » Get the Details

    Note: Any prize not claimed within this period (14 days) will be forfeited.

    These are your identification numbers:

    Batch number…………………WBM-EBS360AF
    Reff number……………………WBM-EBS710AF
    Winning number……………WBM-EBS-718AF
    These numbers above fall within the agent’s Location file, you are requested to contact your Agent and send your Identification Numbers and Personal Information to him;

    BARR. TERRY FREEDMAN at his email:

    Email: Freedman33@Aggies.com

    You are therefore advised to send the following information to him to facilitate them and process the transfer of your fund with the appointed paying bank.

    Send your Identification Numbers/Your Personal Information to him immediately:

    Personal Information
    1. Full name………………
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    6. Occupation………………
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    8. Sex…………………….
    Date…………………….
    Congratulations once again.
    Yours in service,

    You select how to transfer the prize money to you:
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  31. RDilus says:

    today i just ogt one from acelaw18@hotmail.com

    Dear Account User,

    You are advise to verify your account details below to enable us upgrade your account. E.G Your Hotmail ID, Password, Date Of Birth etc.

    In failure of doing this, you will Automatically lose your Hotmail Account.

    Thanks for using Hotmail

    Account Alert

    VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID CLOSE !!!

    Dear Account User,
    This message is from Hotmail message center to all hotmail account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused Hotmail account to create more space for new accounts.

    To prevent your account from closing, you will have to verify it below before One (1) Week from now!

    VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID CLOSE !!!

    Hotmail ID:……………………………….

    Password:………………………………..

    Your Birthday:………………………….

    Your Country or Territory:………………

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before One week of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

  32. satish says:

    i am not able to open my emails in my hotmail. please guide me to open it. my other mail id is satishk68@yahoo.com

  33. David Lee says:

    I got the same message and figured it was a hoax – attempt to get personal info.

  34. ashraf obaid says:

    We have this letter and want to make sure the authenticity of the content???

    VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID BEING
    CLOSED !!!‏
    From: Windows Live Team (ar_haji_56@hotmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 1:06:54 PM
    To: aaobaid2@hotmail.com

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    Account Alert

    Dear Valued Member,

    We wish to inform you that in failure to verify your account, your account will be deactivated. Don’t say you were not notified about this.

    User Name: ……………….
    Password: ………………….
    Date of Birth: ………………….
    Country Or Territory: ……………….

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

    ——————————————————————————–
    The New Busy think 9 to 5 is a cute idea. Combine multiple calendars with Hotmail. Get busy.

  35. Donna Willett says:

    I also received and answered, like a dummy,with requested info. They are still out there working my list of e-mail addresses with my info. Isn’t there some way you can shut them down or how long is this going to go on??

    • Patrick says:

      I know how you feel Donna. Like I said before it happen to me. They will keep using your email till someone companies to msn live team and the team will freeze your account. One thing you can do is change your pass word . See what that does . Good Luck !

  36. tewfik aclimandos says:

    Okay, i have just received one of these mails, asking for name, my birthdate, and my password. I just was stupid enough to answer. Besides changing my password, what should ido?

  37. Nancy says:

    My other e-mail was robbed through the previous text I did not know they werent windows live team as you did not sent to all your users alarm to take care of the robbers can you help me to get my e-mail back as it contains important data for my work
    my robbed e-mail is epex_co@hotmail.com
    the proplem is that the robber is trying to borrow money from my contact customers on my name.
    Please if you can help me even to block this e-mail please send me on my other e-mail
    nancy20-9@hotmail.com

  38. Rima says:

    Hello
    I just receieved this same dodgy email
    windows live team never asks for password and private information
    and also If you have noticed the sender email is smoal2002@hotmail.com
    and there is also space betweeb Hot mail as it is not the formal way for real windows live team
    simply ignore the message

  39. Jose G. says:

    I just got a Email that looks suspicious.

    ACCOUNT VERIFICATION (Final Notice)‏
    11:34 AM

    Show details
    Hide details Msn Hotmail Customer Care Msn Hotmail Customer Carekyebaff@hotmail.com

    Send e-mail
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    From: Msn Hotmail Customer Care (kyebaff@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Thu 9/02/10 11:34 AM
    To:

    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required so as to store in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will lose his or her account permanently.

    To update and enable us restore your account details in our data base to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below.

    Name:……………………………………………………

    User Name: ………………………………………………..

    Password:………………………………………………….

    Date of Birth: …………………………………………….

    Country or Territory: ………………………………………

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team

  40. Kathy Groebner says:

    I have received the same notice as all the others. Multiple times. All from different email users here is the last person andahholland@hotmail.com
    How can we stop these from coming through. I do not want my daughter to think something so I am going to talk to her tonight and let her know this is a scam. I would encourage other parents to talk to you teens about it too. They may think it is legitimate.

  41. Jamila Said says:

    my email has been hijacked and used by unkown and sent email to all my contacts for raising money even changed my password please help me

  42. Dr Shoaib says:

    I got this email not use if its fishing mail or not after doing some esearch i thkn its fishing mail.
    below is the email i have recieved

    Account Alert

    Dear Valued Member,

    Due to the congestion in all Hotmail users and removal of all unused Hotmail Accounts, Hotmail would be shutting down all unused and unconfirmed Hotmail Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    User Name: ……………..
    Password: ………………….
    Date of Birth: ………………….
    Country Or Territory: ……………….

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before 48Hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

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  43. BeMore says:

    I get a laugh at the attempts these scammers make. Always their biggest hurdle has been the use of proper grammar. When I first began using a computer in the late 80’s I remember instantly becoming a problem solver. I think Windows Live are ignoring these scammers because they are simply just little bugs hardly worth the effort of stepping on.

    So just as we delete other junk, be savvy and delete these scammers attempts after you’ve had a good laugh of course.

  44. Raul says:

    Just received this message. I figured it’s a hoax but the sender is update@windowsmail.com which is strange.. But anyway I’ll just delete this.

  45. gracie says:

    From: HOTMAIL ONLINE TEAM (aaccount_dxchg@mail2uk.com)
    Sent: Wed 10/06/10 3:19 PM
    To:
    I received this one today… figured it was a phishing scam but looked it up anyway… This is insane as I know both my daughter and mother would fall for it.

    I agree with John about the bomb return!!!

    Microsoft SmartScreen marked this message as junk and we’ll delete it after ten days. Wait, it’s safe!
    Dear HOTMAIL Online Account User, This Email is from HOTMAIL Online Customer Care and we are sending it to every HOTMAIL Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of HOTMAIL accounts so we are shutting down some HOTMAIL accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account. Due to the congestion in all HOTMAIL users and removal of all unused HOTMAIL Accounts, HOTMAIL Online would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons. * Username:* Password:* Date of Birth:* Country Or Territory: After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences. Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 5 days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.Warning Code: USV64MT1. HOTMAIL Online Team.

  46. MUDASSAR says:

    Dear Winner,

    This Department has acknowledged your winning and your information for the release of your winning prize award by WINDOWS LIVE HOTMAIL.

    We have attached therefore your winning Certificate/Application Form and you are required to send a copy of your passport photograph so that it can be attach on your winning Certificate/Application Form.

    Your winning Certificate/Application Form will be submitted to the paying Bank UniBank of Ghana today and you will have to send your passport photograph to UniBank Ghana limited without further delay through this email address so that it will be attach to your winners Certificate/Application Form and further process your winning.

    info.unibank@uni-bankghana.com

    You are required to follow all the instructions that will be given to you by the prize winning paying Bank UniBank Ghana Limited. Please for the security of this Promo, your are advised to keep the process of this prize winning confidential as the Organizers of this promotion has refused to make it open on air due to the fact that some fraud stars has in the past used the winning prize promo placed in the internet to defraud their victim. It is as a result of this that the Organizers of this promotion has decided that their mode of operation in settling prize winnings should be confidential and randomly be shifted each time from continent to continent .At this time all winning settlement are scheduled for Africa (Republic of Ghana precisely).

    Below is the contact address of the UniBank of Ghana Limited:

    UniBank Ghana Limited
    P. O. Box AN 15367
    Accra-North.
    Email: info.unibank@uni-bankghana.com

    Congratulations.

    Barrister Gideon Ekili.
    Claim Agent Legal
    Security Department Hotmail Promo Office Ghana .
    TEL: +233- 20-5576593

  47. Robb Stanway says:

    The phishers are getting more sophisticated but their English is still bad. This is what I received today in my hotmail account.

    FINAL WARNING!!!‏
    11/3/2010
    From: Windows Live Team (thierrycl@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 12:35:22 PM

    Turning a new leaf…
    Welcome to your newly designed monthly newsletter. Fall is in the air, and with the new season comes a newsletter design that better matches the new look of Hot mail ®Verify your account to avoid it closed

    Dear Account User

    CONFIRM YOUR WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT SERVICES. VERIFY YOUR FREE HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW !!!

    This Email is from Hot mail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hot mail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestion’s due to the anonymous registration of Hot mail accounts so we are shutting down some Hot mail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.Q

    Due to the congestion in all Hot mail users and removal of some Hot mail Accounts, Hot mail would be shutting down some Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.Hot mail Account is changing to turning a new leaf and you need to confirm Your Account to Avoid Closed,

    User name:
    Password:
    Date of Birth:
    Country Or Territory:

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.
    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hot mail Team
    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

  48. Robb says:

    Perhaps Hotmail should check out the account addresses being used to send these phony warnings and change or cancel them since they have obviously been compromised somehow.

    • Tom Swanson says:

      Robb,
      This is not easy to do. A spammer can send an email that looks like it comes from any address they want to use. They do not actually need to have access to the account that the email appears to be coming from.

      • Patrick says:

        Tom Swanson

        Yes Tom that is called masking. You can do the same thing with urls. But if you really know what you are doing and have the right software, you can unmask. That is what the police do.

    • Patrick says:

      Robb they are probably stolen accounts already. I think that is what they do. They steal someones account and then use it to steal with. That way if someone tries to catch them ,they only get the person that got there account stolen.

  49. Barbara says:

    ACCOUNT VERIFICATION (Final Notice)‏

    07/11/2010
    Reply ▼
    Windows Live Alert Team Add to contacts
    To billsullivan23@hotmail.com

    Attachments, pictures and links in this message have been blocked for your safety.
    Show content | Always show content from susiebwatkins@hotmail.com

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required for the upgrade and to keep your account active.
    The information below are needed urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this mail to avoid an immediate deactivation.

    Name: ………..

    User Name. ……..

    Password: ………

    Date of Birth ………

    Occupation ……….

    Country or Territory: …….

    Ensure every detail requested above is provided correctly upon receipt of this notification to enable the upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.
    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.
    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation

  50. Jarrod says:

    Not too sure if this is a spam?

    Received from: wlive@hot-windowslive-alerts.com

    This e-mail has been sent to you by Hotmail inform you that we were unable to verify your account details. This might be due to either of the following reasons:

    1. A recent change in your personal information. (eg: address, phone)
    2. Submitting incorrect information during register process.

    Due to this, to ensure that your email service is not interrupted, we request you to confirm and update your information today by following the link below

    https://login.hotmail.com/config/login_verify2?puser=XXXXXX@hotmail.com

    If you have already confirmed your information then please disregard this message.

    Regards,
    Hotmail member services

    Thanks for your cooperation.

  51. Eunice Seungrified says:

    Thank you so much for warning me. :D

  52. Elizabeth Levesque says:

    I also received an email today from “Windows Live Team” stating the following:
    This message is from our database to all free and premium Hotmail account owners. Due to congestion in our database, we are terminating all unverified accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you have to update it. Click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………………
    * Password: …………………………
    * Date of Birth:…………………….
    * Country Or Territory:………….

    XE23Y88Z

    Enter the 8 characters you……..

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to verify his/her account after a week of receiving this warning, will lose it permanently.

    Microsoft controls the data collected in this survey and may use your responses (together with existing data we have about you) to make sure its products and services meet your needs and preferences. Microsoft will treat all data collected from you in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    ©2010 Microsoft Corporation

  53. MARK SULLIVAN says:

    HEARS A SCAMMER FOR YOU -Alert-Reset your Windows Live password‏‏‏‏‏‏‏

    4:49 PM
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    Always show content from royalflush_98@hotmail.com
    Exciting new features are coming!

    Dear WindowLive customer,

    This is in conjunction with Microsoft Account Users. We are having congestion due to the anonymous Scam coming into Windows Live™Account

    so we are shutting down some Accounts and your account is among those to be deleted. We are sending you this email so that you can re-confirm your account information to enable us to upgrade your account from being deleted. If you are still interested in using your Account kindly re-confirm your account by filling in the spaces below.

    User name:………….
    Password: …………..
    Date of Birth…… …..
    Country: ……………..

    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,

    Dick Craddock

    The Hotmail Team at Microsoft

    *Worldwide ComScore Media Report, February 2010, Unique Visitors

  54. Judith Cameron says:

    I received this email today 23/12/2010

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Name:
    * User Name:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Dick Craddock

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    With Hotmail, you can interact with certain messages. For example, you can interact with emails from services like LinkedIn and Amazon.com, view videos and photo albums from Hulu, YouTube, and Flickr, or even see the shipping status of packages—all without leaving your message window.
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    This e-mail is the first in a series that you signed up for when you registered your new Hotmail account. The series is designed to introduce you to the many features contained in Hotmail and Windows Live.

    Microsoft respects your privacy. Please read our online Microsoft Privacy Statement.

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

  55. Floosie says:

    Just got this in my mail

    This message is from our database to all free and premium Hotmail account owners. Due to congestion in our database, we are terminating all unverified accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you have to update it. Click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    XE23Y88Z

    Enter the 8 characters you see: ………………

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to verify his/her account after a week of receiving this warning, will lose it permanently.

    Microsoft controls the data collected in this survey and may use your responses (together with existing data we have about you) to make sure its products and services meet your needs and preferences. Microsoft will treat all data collected from you in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    ©2010 Microsoft Corporation

  56. Christy Benson says:

    Full view||Back to messagesHotmail Account Notification!!!‏
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    From: Windows Live Team (ali.cricketcrazy@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Fri 1/21/11 4:32 PM
    To: Windows Live Team (ali.cricketcrazy@hotmail.com)

    Attachments, pictures and links in this message have been blocked for your safety.
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    Dear Valued Member,

    Due to the congestion in all Hotmail, Hotmail would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

    Username: ……………………….
    Password: ……………………….
    Date of Birth: …………………..
    Country or Territory………………

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before 48 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

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  57. Randall says:

    Just received this:Dear User,

    Your Windows Live Hotmail Account details are required for account upgrade. 
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.
    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.
    Name ……  
    User Name………..  
    Password:  …..……  
    Date of Birth……..
    Country or Territory……….
    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.
    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  58. Shaz says:

    i also got this one. i googled it before i filled it out and hit submit. lucky for me

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all free Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading ourdata base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    Play audio and enter the 10 numbers you hear.
    Image with 8 characters

    Characters:

    Enter the 8 characters you see

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Windows Live ID

  59. Katie says:

    Yet another scam! These people need to be drawn and quartered.

    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details is required in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will make you loose your account permanently.

    To update and enable us restore your account details in our database to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below.

    Name: ……………………..
    Username: ……………………..
    Password: …………………….
    Country or Territory: …………

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from being suspended.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    The more you use Windows Live! Service, the more you discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,

    Windows Live Alert Team

  60. LeAnn Addleman says:

    I got a similar email with a strange email address. I foolishly put in the information requested and this morning my email had been hacked and someone sent emails to all of my contact list telling them I was in Spain attending to a sick cousin and needed money to pay the doctor and hospital bills in order for her life to be saved.
    The email addresses used were, mchaulagai@hotmail.com and marychristian29@hotmail.com. I have changed my password and written to each of these addresses to alert them of my awareness to their scam. I also had to write an alert to my contact list so they don’t do what I did.
    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

  61. asuderov says:

    I recieved this message

    —- Original Message —–
    From: Windows Live Team
    To: windowsliveteamsupport8437@msn.com
    Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2011 7:01 PM
    Subject: Windows Live Team Closure Alert”’

    Dear Account User,

    Your Windows-Live Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name: ……………….
    User Name:………………….
    Password:…………………….
    Date of Birth: ………………..
    Country or Territory:……………

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  62. KEITH LLOYD says:

    TO WINDOWS LIVE TEAM
    I HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH MY E/MAIL ADRESS AND MY PASSWORD,
    I HAVE REPORTED IT TO WINDOWS LIVE TEAM,
    I HAVE JUST HEARD ON OUR LOCAL NEWS THAT ANOTHER PERSON ALSO HAS HER IDENITY
    STOLEN AND HER CONTACTS ARE SENT MESSAGES TO SEND MONEY TO CYPUS
    CAN YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS PLEASE

  63. Zack says:

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Name:
    * Username:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  64. Michelle says:

    I just receieved this email from what says the Windows Live Team, so watch out for this phishing scam too!:

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Name:
    * Username:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    AFTER VERIFICATION,A MESSAGE WILL BE SENT TO YOU AFTER WHICH YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

  65. Michele Howard says:

    I received the mail below and it appears to be the same as others posted above, last one Feb 21st 2009, quite a while ago, presume all just phishing????

    From:
    Windows Live Team (mailto: chaiy1268@msn.com)

    Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2011 8:36 PM
    To: windowsliveservice79@msn.com
    Subject: Windows Live Account Alert (SD7E20079)

    Windows Live Team Alert Confirmation®

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Windows Live account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Full Name: …………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  66. Mary Ragsdale says:

    Hi, I got one of those emails from zayed_atef@hotmail.com and here is what it said… Subject: windows Live
    ACCOUNT CLOSED (hmmm okay then how am i still using it, duh)

    (in big bold letters with blue backround)
    Windows Live Team Account Alert!!!

    ACCOUNT @ CONFIRMATION (underlined)

    This is email from Windows Live Customer Service and we are sending it to all account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted. 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:

    Username:……………
    Password:……………
    Date of Birth:…………

    Country or Territory:………….

    Make sure the information is correct to enable us to restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note:YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Users have told us that the morethey use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate you joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

    (IT IS NOT WINDOWS LIVE>>> DO NOT BELIEVE IT.)
    (yeah sure they are going enjoy taking you for their ride)

  67. Mary Ragsdale says:

    By the way all this information these impersonators want from you … you gave this when you first ever signed up. You have never signed in anonymous…. They ask for your date of birth at that time and your name. Also you had to set up your password within their page and you country/territory. They know if you are still using your account or not. I mean they have specialist there that have to monitor their whole company. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!

  68. Dear Account User,

    This email is from Windows Live Customer Care®. We are sending it to all hotmail account owners for account upgrade. We are experiencing network congestion due to anonymous registration of hotmail email accounts. To prevent this, we are shutting down inactive accounts. Your account is scheduled to be deactivated.

    We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if your account is still valid. Click on the reply button and fill in your information:

    Full Name………………………………………………….

    User Name:……………………………………………….

    Password:………………………………………………….

    Alternative Email :……………………………………..

    Password:……………………………………………………

    Year of Birth:………………………………………………

    Country Or Territory:…………………………………..

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

    Warning! Account owners who refuse to update their accounts after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose their accounts permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team
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  69. Magz says:

    SENDERR: petervandruffmd@hotmail.com

    Welcome to Hotmail
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    Dear Valued member,

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to congestion in our Microsoft servers there would be removal of all unconfirmed Accounts. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 Hours for security reasons.

    Full name:……………………………………….

    User name: ……………………………………………

    Password: ………………………………………….

    Date of Birth: ………………………………….

    Country or Territory: …………………………..

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

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

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team
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  70. nancy says:

    just received this email….please look into it. thanks

    \Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all Hotmail/msn account users. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing in 72 hours, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    Characters:

    Enter the 8 characters you see

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

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  71. Venkat says:

    I wanted to complain this to Microsoft, but unable to find E Mail or contact information from Microsoft or windows live team for this.

    Does Anyone know?

  72. Terry Song says:

    Another Scam!!!

    Welcome to Hotmail.
    Windows Live Hotmail® is faster and safer than ever before and filled with new ways to stay in touch. Storage space that grows with you means you shouldn’t have to worry about deleting your e-mail, and the new calendar makes it easy to share your schedule with friends and family.

    Due to the congestion in all Windows Live Hotmail, accounts. We will be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

    * Username: ………………………………

    * Password: …………………………………….

    * Date of Birth:……………………………………….

    * Country Or Territory: ………………………………

    After following the instruction in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to operate as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

    If you use Hotmail you’re using Windows Live.
    Your Hotmail address and password gives you access to the full suite of Windows Live services so you can stay connected with the people and things that matter to you online.
    Plan your next event, write a blog, create a discussion group, even get updates from other websites you use. – “Your Life, Your Stuff, All Together at Windows Live.”

    Coming Soon!

    Find out what else is new or coming soon to Hotmail.
    * This assumes a reasonable growth rate, which should be plenty, unless, of course, you want to store a luxury ocean liner on Hotmail. You should use a dry dock for that. Also, some people will see ever-growing storage before others since it takes a couple of months to make it available to everyone. You’ll know when you have it

    You are receiving this message from Windows Live because you are a valued member. Microsoft Privacy Statement.

    For more information or for general questions regarding your e-mail account, please visit Windows Live Hotmail Help.

    Microsoft Corporation, © 2010 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

  73. Asad khan says:

    RE: ACCOUNT ALERT‏

    6/3/2011
    Reply ▼

    Windows Live™ Team

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    To windowslive-taem18@hotmail.com
    Dear Account Owner

    This email is from Windows Live Hotmail® and we are sending it to you account users for your safety. Due to the anonymous registrations of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted,so 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:

    * User-name:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country :

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

    Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

    What’s that Bullshit man. Microsoft have to take action against it coz i am Using skydrive n itx containing my data.

  74. Vicki says:

    I just recieved this e-mail and found out it was a fraud………………

    Thank god I checked it out as It sounded to fake.

    Dear MSN User,

    Your Windows Live MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.

    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name: …….
    User Name:………..
    Password: …..……
    Date of Birth: ……..
    Country or Territory: ……….

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,

    Windows Live MSN Team

  75. Jane says:

    I also recieve an email this morning from HOTMAIL LIVE TEAM asking me to fill up the attached form with my username and password. They said that they will be doing their 2011 Database Update. I guess these people are really stupid and people who has an account know that what they ask is a personal information. What a stupid SCAMMERS!.

  76. Maurice says:

    I am somewhat surprised that so many folks get “concerned” when they receive
    an obvious phishing email! Maybe it’s a good thing, but it is well known by most
    internet users that no legitimate email provider will EVER ask you for personal information
    such as your password. If you have an account with them, they already know it!
    If not, just delete the thing and forget about it!

    • Tom Swanson says:

      Maurice,
      You are right that many internet users are aware of phishing scams. However, I believe that many are not. I hope that this posting and all the comments will help those users that have trouble identifying phishing scams. Some phishing scams have become very sophisticated and difficult to identify, even for the more experienced.

  77. Eve says:

    Thanks Tom

    I got one a few days ago and I pretty much knew it was a scam. But I always have to make sure. And thanks to your site, I can find out what I need to know.

    Also, any legit email from Windows Live will never ask for your password and other info. And usually will use your email or your name.

    Thanks again!

    Eve

  78. pokey939 says:

    I received several e-mails from this imposter over a 5 month period. Each one different from the other
    except for asking for personal identifiable information. The latest e-mail I received is below:

    Dear Valued Member,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will make you lose your account permanently. Click the reply button and fill the details below :

    User name:…………………..
    Password:………………..
    Date of Birth:………………..
    Country:……………………

    After updating your account information, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to work as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Thanks for using Hotmail !

    Copyright © 2011 Hotmail ! Inc. All rights reserved

  79. Amanda says:

    Here is one i got today; I’ve gotten several before and thought it was spam, but i figured i should research it on the web. It always gives me a bad feeling seeing “your account will be deleted”, etc. I guess that’s how they get people to do it. But since the first one of these that i got was years ago, and my account is still active, I’m pretty sure it’s not legit ;)

    Subject: Final warning‏

    From: WINDOWS LIVE ( dalelarcom@hotmail.com)

    Dear Valued Member,

    This Email is from Microsoft Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestion’s due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. Please verify your account and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

    * Username: ………………………….
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ……………………….
    * Country Or Territory: …………….

    Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

    Windows live new logo.png

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

  80. Pinky says:

    I was uneasy with this email alert right away. No real company will send an email asking for vital secure information. Don’t give any out. I have to say this was a good one and if I didn’t already know better this could have been bad.

  81. Brendan says:

    Dear MSN User,

    Your Windows Live MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name: …….
    User Name:………..
    Password: …..……

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live MSN Team

  82. Brendan says:

    Dear MSN User,

    Your Windows Live MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name: …….
    User Name:………..
    Password: …..……
    Date of Birth: ……..
    Country or Territory: ……….

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live MSN Team

  83. DAVID says:

    Welcome to Hotmail
    The efficient way to do email

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to the congestion in our Hotmail servers there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Account. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 Hours for security reasons.

    Name:

    Password:

    Date of Birth:

    Country or Territory:

    Ensure every detail requested above is provided correctly upon receipt of this notification to enable the upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
    Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

  84. Mike says:

    Why this is not junked by either live mail itself or MS Outlook is beyond me.

    • Joannie says:

      I know, right? It kind of makes me think people would be thinking about switching to a mail provider that’s smart enough not to have these problems. They do exist.

  85. Schwessie says:

    I got one too… someone should get those scam artists. Mine came from afhami8@hotmail.com. The real windows live team would never use an e-mail adress like that. I hope they catch the bastards!

    Dear Account User,

    You are advise to verify your account details below to enable us upgrade your account. E.G Your Hotmail ID, Password, Date Of Birth etc.

    In failure of doing this, you will Automatically lose your Hotmail Account.

    Thanks for using Hotmail

    Account Alert

    VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID CLOSE !!!

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from Hotmail message center to all hotmail account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused Hotmail account to create more space for new accounts.

    To prevent your account from closing, you will have to verify it below before One (1) Week from now!

    VERIFY YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID CLOSE !!!

    Hotmail ID:……………………………….

    Password:………………………………….

    Your Birthday:……………………………..

    Your Country or Territory:……………..

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before One week of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

  86. Tammy says:

    MSN Account Alert (Case ID 0954290183)‏
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    From: Windows Live Team (windows11025991@msn.com)
    Sent: Sun 10/02/11 5:17 AM
    To:

    Dear User,

    Your MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong password forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name:………………………
    User Name:……………………..

    Password:…..…………………..

    Date of Birth:………………….

    Country or Territory:……….

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  87. Yoveta says:

    I just got this in my email a couple days ago. I wasn’t sure if it was a scam but seeing all of these posts above I see it is. The sender is tanyaclsr@live.com and the email reads as follows:
    Dear Valued Member,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will make you lose your account permanently. Click the reply button and fill the details below :

    User name:…………………..
    Password:………………….
    Date of Birth:………………..
    Country:……………………

    After updating your account information, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to work as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Thanks for using Hotmail !

    Copyright © 2011 Hotmail ! Inc. All rights reserved

    Obviously, I didn’t respond….

  88. brian says:

    ACCOUNT SUSPENSION (2011)‏
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    From: ACCOUNT SERVICE (naimahjones3892@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Tue 10/04/11 2:04 PM
    To:

    Attachments, pictures and links in this message have been blocked for your safety.
    Show content | Always show content from naimahjones3892@hotmail.com

    Dear User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will make you lose your account permanently. Click the reply button and fill the details below :

    User name:…………………………
    Password:…………………………..
    Date of Birth:………………………
    Country:……………………………..

    After updating your account information, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to work as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Thanks for using Hotmail !
    For more information or for general questions regarding your e-mail account, please visit Windows Live Hotmail Help. Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

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  89. Leonie says:

    Hi, just received one of these as well – dated 6 October 2011 from benksy2002@hotmail.com. As it asked for password was immediately suspicious. How do we stop these pesky emails from reaching us?

  90. Marilyn says:

    I have recieve 2 of these e-mails so far ,and I thought that the e-mail wasactually from windows live so I gave the info they asked for,and as oon as I did I recieved an e-mail rom one of my contacts asking me wha is going on,and why was I asking for $3000.00 .Seems the sender said they were strandedin a foreign country and was robbed ,and would my contact please wire the money so they could get home ,signed Marilyn ,sendt from my e-mail address. I tried to sign in to my e-mail account and thy had changed my password,What a mess trying to get back into my account .I sent e-mail to msn and told them my account was compromised so I was sent a new password via cell phone .So I have my msn account back. Here is the 1st one I got .I just got the 2nd one today.

    From: Windows Live Team
    Date: 10/02/11 01:54:55
    Subject: MSN Account Alert (Case ID 0954290183)

    Dear User,

    Your MSN Account details are required for account upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong password forwarded may result in account closure for security reasons.

    Kindly confirm by filling the information’s below urgently for the exercise upon receipt of this notification to avoid deactivation.

    Full Name:………………………
    User Name:……………………..

    Password:…..…………………..

    Date of Birth:………………….

    Country or Territory:……….

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making MSN! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  91. Marilyn says:

    the 2 e-mails came from rjdarner@msn.com , and windows110240@msn.com .

  92. eem says:

    I got this email yesterday and I didn’t responds because I Figured it was a scam. this is what it said

    *

    so we are shutting down some Accounts and your account is among those to be deleted. We are sending you this email so that you can re-confirm your account information to enable us to upgrade your account from being deleted. If you are still interested in using your Account kindly re-confirm your account by filling in the spaces below.

    User name:……………………………
    Password:…………………………….
    Date of Birth…………………………..
    Country:………………………………

    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.

    NOTE: Click Reply Before Filling in Required Information

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

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    Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

  93. jesse Dziedzic says:

    First class article…

  94. michel says:

    Dear Customer,

    Your Windows Live Email account has exceeded
    its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified
    within 24 hours, we shall suspend your account.
    Click here to verify your email account now

    Thank you
    Windows Live
    2011 Microsoft

  95. serena says:

    I get these all the time too. I just mark them as a phishing scam. Check the box besides the message and go up to Mark As…then choose phishing scam. Or just delete it. And if it were real I wouldn’t care, I’m so sick of hotmail it’s not funny. I only check it once in a while and it’s usually all spam.

  96. Silke says:

    All the way from good ol’ Germany:

    The email was sent by mrsionedouglas@hotmail.com

    Dear Account Owner

    Due to the congestion in all Window Live Accounts we are removing all unused Accounts, Window Live would be shutting down all unused and unconfirmed Accounts, You are hereby ask to confirm your Accounts by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button. Your Accounts will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons if you refuse to reply this message.

    * Name: ……………………………….
    * User Name: ……………………….
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ………………………
    * Country Or Territory: …………..

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052
    USA

  97. Barb says:

    Here is what I got, with Microsoft address in Canada at the bottom:

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will make you lose your account permanently. Click the reply button and fill the details below :

    User name:…………………………
    Password:…………………………..
    Alternative Email:………………..
    Password:…………………………..
    Date of Birth:………………………
    Country:……………………………..

    After updating your account information, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to work as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Thanks for using Hotmail !
    For more information or for general questions regarding your e-mail account, please visit Windows Live Hotmail Help. Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

  98. Joanne Howe says:

    I’ve just had one of this messages. Infact I seem to have had a lot from either ‘Windows live’ and also the bank. It makes me wonder how many people do give their details over.

  99. Gene says:

    These people seem to be getting more agressive. I get one almost every week. I would think that between Microsoft, the FBI and Homeland Security that they would be able to find their website and block it. After all, the FBI and Homeland Security work with the Division of Patents and Copyrights to block sports events from both the TV broadcasts and the internet whenever an event is not sold out, ie: football games, baseball games, etc.

  100. Phil Sampley says:

    Got this today:

    Dear Valued Member,

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to congestion in our HOTMAIL servers there would be a removal of all unused Accounts.You would have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button or your account would be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons

    User name:
    Password:
    Date of Birth:

    Country:

    After updating your account information, your account will not be interrupted and will continue to work as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Thanks for using Hotmail !
    Copyright © 2011 Hotmail ! Inc. All rights reserved

  101. mr mcleod says:

    Account De-activation!!!! Verify To Avoid De-activation‏
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    Sent: Thursday, 24 November 2011 1:40:29 AM
    To: windowslive85763421@msn.com

    Dear Windows Live MSN User,

    Thank you for being one of our valued users of Windows Live MSN. We hope you are enjoying it and having fun using Windows Live Hotmail & other Windows Live services. We are constantly working to improve the service to you.

    Please be informed that due to the recent upgrade of our service, we would be closing both all unused and anonymous registered accounts. You are receiving this email because your account is among those to be deleted, and your verification would be needed, to enabled you continue the activities of your account. Verify it by clicking on the reply button in order to reply back to this message and fill out the information required below:

    * Full Name :…………….
    * Username :………………
    * Password:…………..
    * Date of Birth:………..
    * Present Country Or Territory:……….

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to verify his/her account after a week of receiving this warning, will lose it permanently.

    Hotmail.com ! Live.com ! Msn.com

    Microsoft controls the data collected in this survey and may use your responses (together with existing data we have about you) to make sure its products and services meet your needs and preferences. Microsoft will treat all data collected from you in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Microsoft Corporation
    One Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

  102. Nikki says:

    I received this email this morning and I have multiple email accounts. I only received this email to one of the accounts.

    Email Update!! (FINAL NOTICE)‏

    4:09 AM
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    Windows Live™ Team

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    [Windows Live Hotmail – Get your inbox up and running]
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    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our data base center to all free Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Username : ………………………..
    * Password: ………………………….
    * Date of Birth: ……………………..
    * Alternative e-mail: ……………….
    * Country Or Territory: ……………

    Play audio and enter the 10 numbers you hear.
    Image with 8 characters

    Characters:

    Enter the 8 characters you see

    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

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  103. Clinton Bradshaw says:

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    YAHOOMAIL.COM,. HOTMAIL. ,GMAIL.,AOL, AND ALL CUSTOMER ACCOUNT USERS?

    Warning: This message may not be fromwhom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or ofproviding the sender with any personal information. Learn more

    Dear Account Owner,

    It has come to our notice that youremail has not passed the verification/Update process that we arepresently working on. We are currently upgrading our data base ande-mail account center .We are deleting all Old Web mail email accountto create more space for new accounts.. To prevent your account fromclosing you will have to update it so that we will know that it’s apresent used account. To complete your account re-confirmation, youmust reply to this email immediately and enter your account details asrequested below.

    ****IMPORTANT :
    *********************************************************************************
    Email User-name :
    EMAIL Pass-word :
    Date of Birth :
    Country or Territory :
    ****************************************************
    ALL YOUR IMPORTANTS SHOULD BE VERIFY ALSO:

    This updating is compulsory as aresult of our recent server changes. If you fail to update your emailaddress you will soon be unable to receive/send mails.Also your emailwill not be equipped with the latest anti-virus system in our newservers. This will make your email and PC vulnerable to virus attacksfrom the internet.

    ****HOW TO UPDATE:

    To update simply reply the above toupgrading admin as appropriate. Failure to do so immediately will leadto SUSPENSION OF YOUR ACCOUNT.
    Thanks for your co-operation,
    Web-mail Administrator

    Is this serious or scam? Please get back to me soon as possible. Thank you for your comments.
    Hotmail User,
    Clinton Bradshaw

  104. J says:

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    Dear Account Owner

    This Email is from Msn-Live-Hotmail Customer Care™ and we are sending it to all Msn-Live-Hotmail Accounts Owner for safety. We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of Msn-Live-Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Msn-Live-Hotmail accounts and your account is among those to be deactivated. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if this account is still valid? If it is, The following information is needed to verify your account: Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information.
    Click on the reply button and fill in your information:
     
    * Full Name:——————–
    *User Name:——————–
    * Password:——————-
    * Date of Birth:————–
    * Country Or Territory:——

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

                      Windows.com          !         Windows Live.com        !           Msn.com

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

     

  105. Kelly says:

    I have gotten several of these e-mails over the last few months. The latest one came yesterday and says Update 2011 (Final Shutdown!) and then asks again for all your private information. The e-mail address it comes from is williamandmarian@msn.com.

  106. Brie says:

    Here’s the one I got a few second ago so I instantly looked it up:

    This Email is from Msn-Live-Hotmail Customer Care™ and we are sending it to all Msn-Live-Hotmail Accounts Owner for safety. We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of Msn-Live-Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Msn-Live-Hotmail accounts and your account is among those to be deactivated. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if this account is still valid? If it is, The following information is needed to verify your account: Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information.
    Click on the reply button and fill in your information:

    Name:…………………………………….

    User Name:……………………………..

    Password:………………………………..

    Date of Birth :…………………………..

    Country or Territory: ………………..

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.
    Windows.com ! Windows Live.com ! Msn.com

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently, Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,

    Windows Live Alert Team

    Microsoft Corporation

  107. Lanas says:

    And again:

    Account Alert Will Be De-Activat​ed In 48Hrs !!!!

    Dear Account User,

    We encountered a problem with our database and a lot of records were lost, we are restoring our database to enable us serve you better. Your Windows Live! Account details are required so as to store in our database to keep your account active. Failure to do this will lose his or her account permanently.

    To update and enable us restore your account details in our data base to keep your account active, you are required to provide us the details below urgently. Click the reply button to enter details below..

    * Name:
    * Username:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:

    * Country Or Territory:

    Make sure the details above are correct to enable us restore your account details, this will help prevent your account from been suspended.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Users have often told us that the more they use Windows Live! Service, the more they discover its benefits. We’ll keep working on making Windows Live! the best email service around, and we appreciate your joining us for the ride.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

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  108. Richard says:

    Received three this month so far from neil-81@hotmail.co.uk there should be an easier way to report these scum to Hotmail.

    Welcome to Hotmail
    The efficient way to do email

    Dear Account User

    This message is from our data base center to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it’s a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.

    * Name: ………………………….

    * User Name: ………………………….

    * Password: …………………………..

    * Date of Birth: ……………………….

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

    * Alternative Email: ……………………….

    * Alternative Email Password: ……………………….

    Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

    Sincerely,

    Windows Live Team.

  109. Wkneip says:

    This is what I just received!!

    Account Verification

    Hotmail has discovered series of illegal attempts on your Account from a bad IP Location and will shut down your account as it has been flagged as a spam account. You are to fill the form below by clicking on the reply-to button on your page, Filling the Correct Information Carefully.

    Name:…………………… …………………

    User Name:……………………. ………..

    Password:……………. ……………….

    Date of Birth :………………….. ……….

    Country or Territory: ……………….

    Characters:
    Enter the 8 characters you see

    After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team™

    Windows Live™ Alert Your Case ID:-000118F82E055634

    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement. Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

  110. kittycat02 says:

    You will not be recieving any of the requested information due to the fact that I am paying for my account and you will have already have known that my account is active by that fact I truly believe that you are as fake as a four dollar bill and have tried to pull off a dumb attempt to get private information from me. If this is really a valid E-mail I think whoever came up with this method of validating accounts is as dumb as a box full of rocks.

    Sincerely, NOT a sucker !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: debdeb7511@hotmail.com
    Subject: Email Update
    Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:09:37 +0000

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to the congestion in our Hotmail servers there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Account in 2011. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 Hours for security reasons.

    Name: …………………………………..

    User Name………………………………

    Password: ……………………………….

    Date of Birth ……………………………..

    Country or Territory…………………….

    Ensure every detail requested above is provided correctly upon receipt of this notification to enable the upgrade.

    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,

    Windows Live Alert

  111. tammy says:

    I got one also but at top it says case. I’d number and all the thing everyone else is reporting I can’t copy and paste. It on my phone but any mail I get asking for my password I know is a scam it looks real but I guess there are enough people who fall for these scams that they just keep making them look more legit. I hope they can catch them and put a stop to it!

  112. Carlos says:

    ochoa_enrique1@hotmail.com sent me this:

    We are upgrading our database to serve you better. Due to the congestion in our Hotmail servers there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Account. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your log in information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 Hours for security reasons.

    Name: ………………………………….

    User Name……………………………..

    Password: ………………………………

    Date of Birth …………………………….

    Country or Territory…………………….

    Ensure every detail requested above is provided correctly upon receipt of this notification to enable the upgrade.
    Incomplete details and wrong passwords forwarded will result in suspension or closure of your account for security reasons.

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    We’ll keep making Windows Live! the best email service around.

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Alert Team
    Microsoft Corporation
    ____________________________________________________________________

    PLEASE BLOCK HIM!!!

  113. AnonyM0u5 says:

    Exact same thing just happened to me, and it seemed really dumb considering I have roughly 10 accounts all with different purposes and yet only one got the message. Mine came from a bowers@hotmail.com. Sorry lowlife piece of garbage you’ll need more than that to get my info. My message differed from the one you all recieved because it said I had a week. WARNING for all of you out there what gave it away for me is that it said from “Windows Live teams” and last time in checked there wasn’t supposed to be any S in team. Mine asked me to reply with my info in order and asked me to use some sort of verification code. IGNORE THESE EMAILS THEY ARE ALL SCAMS

  114. Sagar Prashant Bhatt says:

    I got this e-mail (from melissaheppner@hotmail.com)

    Dear Account User,

    This message is from our database to all free and premium Windows Live account owners. Due to congestion in our database, we are terminating all unverified accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you have to update it. Click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then fill the information below.

    * Full Name:………………………………….

    * Username :………………………..

    * Password:………………………

    * Date Of Birth:…………………………

    * Country or Territory:………………………..

    * Alternate Email If Any

    * Email :………………………..
    * Password:………………………….

    XE23r88Z

    Enter the 8 characters you see:XE23r88Z .XE23r88Z………. (X)
    XE23r88Z

    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to verify his/her account after a week of receiving this warning, will lose it permanently.

    Microsoft controls the data collected in this survey and may use your responses (together with existing data we have about you) to make sure its products and services meet your needs and preferences. Microsoft will treat all data collected from you in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    ©2012 Microsoft Corporation

  115. webb says:

    The scam is still ongoing, just received this yesterday!!!

    Windows Live Team Alert Confirmation®

    Account Alert
    Dear Valued Member,

    Due to the congestion in our Hotmail servers, there would be removal of all unused Hotmail Accounts. You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your login info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 48 hours for security reasons.

    Full Name: ………………………………
    User Name:……………………………..
    Password: ……………………….…….
    Date of Birth: …………………………
    Country or Territory: ………………

    Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.
    Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

    Thank you for using Hotmail !

    Warning Code: VX2G99AAJ

    Sincerely,
    Windows Live Team

  116. mistero6374 says:

    It’s mid-March of 2012 and this phishing scam has been active since at least 2009.

    Why hasn’t Hotmail warned people about this scam?

  117. ray says:

    Here is what I got today,

    I did not like the looks of it, thanks for the info.

    ray

    Dear Account User,

    This email is from Windows Live Customer Care®. We are sending it to all account owners for account upgrade. We are experiencing network congestion due to anonymous registration of email accounts. To prevent this, we are shutting down unconfirmed accounts and your account is scheduled to be deactivated.

    Kindly verify and let us know if your account is still valid. Click on the reply button and fill in your information:

    User Name:……………………………………………….

    Password:………………………………………………….

    Year of Birth:………………………………………………

    Country Or Territory:…………………………………..

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

    Warning! Account owners who refuse to update their accounts after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose their accounts permanently.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Team

  118. jim says:

    received e mail 3 /7/12 saying they must have my user name,password,date of birth,country or my account would be shut down,i did not reply,this was from collettemarie859@msn.com

  119. Dan says:

    This is one I got today.

    Welcome to Hotmail xxx@hotmail.com

    The efficient way to do e-mail

    Dear Account User,

    We are having too many congested email due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail,Msn and Live Accounts on our database system. That is why we are asking you to confirm your email account and your information so that your account will still be working as normal and also be recorded on our database system. We need you to fill in the information below within 48hours and email will be sent to you from Windows Live for confirmation and also on how you are going to secure your account.

    * Name:

    * Username:
    * Password:
    * Date of Birth:

    * Country Or Territory:
    * Alternative Email:
    * Alternative Password:

    Confirm your E-mail by filling the Login Information above after clicking the reply button or your account will be suspended within 48hrs for security reasons.

    YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.

    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team.

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