Keep an eye out for fake Microsoft emails that claim that you’ve received a voicemail and should click a link to listen to it.
The emails are phishing scams designed to steal your Microsoft Account login details.
Here’s what the scam email looks like:
If you fall for the ruse and click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that features Microsoft and SharePoint branding:
Clicking “Preview or Print Voicemail” opens what looks like a legitimate Microsoft Account sign-in window:
After entering your details via the fake login box, you will then be automatically redirected to the official Microsoft home page.
Criminals can then collect the account login credentials you provided and use them to take control of your Microsoft Account. Once they have gained access, they can use your email account to distribute spam and scam messages in your name. They can also steal files you have stored in your account, make fraudulent purchases via the app store, see your contacts, and a lot more.
They may manage to collect enough of your information to steal your identity as well.
The company name, email address and other details may vary in different versions of the scam messages. Note also that online criminals have used similar fake voicemail notification messages to distribute various types of malware.
If you receive one of these scam emails, do not click any links it contains. Just hit “delete”.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!