This morning I checked my email and I saw an email entitled “[WindowsLive E-mail : Hotmail alert firstname.lastname@example.org]”. I thought this email has been sent by Windows Live. But it wasn’t the case. This email was a phishing scam, rather a news kind of phishing scam, this time hackers and spammers are targeting Windows Live Hotmail users (just like they did it to Facebook users). Hotmail is one of my favorite email services (after Gmail).
What hackers do is they send an email message that your Hotmail account will be deactivated in next 24 hours, actual message reads as:
This e-mail has been sent to you by Hotmail to inform you that your account will be deactivated within the next 24 hours due to several unsuccessful login attemps on your account.
To prevent this to happen please login securely to our activation link below:
If you have already confirmed your information then please disregard this message.
Hotmail member services.
But the web address behind the login.hotmail.com is a malicious link, which will lead to lose the credentials of the users, hence user become victim. You guys are advised not to open any of the unknown links, before opening any link first make sure that this is a correct link.
You can verify the link by putting the cursor on it and see it in the status bar, if the actual (link behind the given) is something else then avoid it. By clicking on that link you will be redirected tio some rogue website hosting some malicious data. Mark that email as phishing scam. So that email filter will filter that kind of emails, and hackers won’t be able to send those emails further.
Be safe! Be happy!