Warning--New Scam


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Thip

It looks legit. Tell all your friends and the kids.

[Windows Live Hotmail Logo]

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 congestion 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.

* 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 Hotmail Team
 
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N. Miller

It looks legit. Tell all your friends and the kids.
Doesn't look legit at all. Never saw a real Hotmail message with "Dear
Account User". They all have, simply, "To: %User_ID@hotmail.com". Or "To:
User", where "User" is the nym configured in Windows Live Messenger for
other contacts to see.

Also, this is just a variation on a theme I saw shortly after setting up my
first Hotmail account in 1999. Solomon (author of Ecclesiastes) was right:
"There is nothing new under the sun".
 
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Thip

I'm fully aware these scams have been around for a long time. This one
arrived with a very authentic-looking logo. I worry about folks who are new
to the Internet and may be susceptible to things like this. The warning was
for them and for friends/relatives of folks in this ng.
 
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David H. Lipman

From: "Thip" <me@privacy.net>

| I'm fully aware these scams have been around for a long time. This one
| arrived with a very authentic-looking logo. I worry about folks who are new
| to the Internet and may be susceptible to things like this. The warning was
| for them and for friends/relatives of folks in this ng.

This is phishing.

Such messages should be sent to those who deal with it.

Full Header and Body of the email message should be sent to...

(e-mail address removed)

(e-mail address removed)

(e-mail address removed)

(e-mail address removed)
 
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Twayne

It looks legit. Tell all your friends and the kids.
[Windows Live Hotmail Logo]

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
congestion 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.

* 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 Hotmail Team
That's phishing scam and should be reported to (e-mail address removed) I
think is the address, if it still works. Send the spam as an attachment
to your email; don't just copy it from the screen.

HTH
 
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