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Watch Out For Fake Office 365 Voicemail Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the US is warning consumers about a new scam campaign using fake voicemail notification emails.

The BBB alert notes:

You receive an unsolicited email that says you have a new voicemail from your Office 365 account or another workplace software. The email seems legitimate. It is complete with the official software logo and text claiming that the message comes from a “trusted source.”

Some versions may include a transcript of part of the supposed voicemail in an effort to trick you into clicking a link.
However, the link does not open a voicemail message. Instead, clicking the link can download malware to your computer.

The BBB notes that links in other versions may open a phishing website that tries to trick you into submitting personal information such as account passwords.

If you receive one of these voicemail notification emails, do not click on any links that it contains. 

Read the Full BBB Alert

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,