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‘Hotmail Account Suspended’ Phishing Email

by Brett M. Christensen

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According to this message, which purports to be from hotmail.com, your Hotmail account has been suspended and your email address has been removed from the database.

The message urges you to click a link to verify your account.

However, the email is not a valid notification and the claim that your Hotmail account has been suspended is untrue.

In fact, the email is just a rather crude phishing scam designed to steal your account login details.
Of course, Microsoft transitioned Hotmail to Outlook.com back in  2013. So, Hotmail is no longer a separate entity. The web address “hotmail.com” automatically redirects to Outlook.com.

That said, existing Hotmail users were able to retain their Hotmail email addresses and passwords after the transition to Outlook.com. And, there are still a great many people around the world that continue to use “hotmail.com” email addresses.

If you click the verify link, you will be taken to a fake “Hotmail” website that asks you to log in with your email address and password. After you log in, you may see a message claiming that you have successfully lifted the supposed account suspension.

Meanwhile, the criminals can collect your login credentials and use them to hijack your Outlook.com account. Once they have gained access, they can use your account to send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name. They can also collect personal information from your emails and access any linked services that use the same login details.

Online crooks regularly use fake email account notifications like this to steal sensitive information from users.

An example of the scam email:

From: hotmail.com

Subject: [removed]@hotmail.com Suspended from hotmail.com data-base Verify now

This Account [removed]@hotmail.com has been
Suspended from our hotmail.com data-base.
Verify if you are the owner of this account

2018© hotmail.com Copyright

 


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer