Security Alert - Fake Microsoft Sign-In message

You may receive an Email, claiming to be from Microsoft, advising that there has been an unusual signin to your Microsoft account.  This fake message, based on a genuine notification from Microsoft, by its nature encourages you to check this activity but in doing so it directs you to a fake site to log in to your Microsoft account.

12 July 2016 Security  E-mail, Microsoft Office, Security

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Scammers are always looking for new ways to get information from you and today we have seen a new variation on the phishing scam.

The Scam

You receive the following Email:

Office 365 Fake Unusual Sign in activity

The Email is a fake and it encourages you (because you are concerned) to sign in to your Microsoft account and check this unusual activity however if you click the "Review recent activity" link you will be taken to a page that looks identical to Microsoft's sign in page.

We can be sure it is a fake because the sending address (as shown in Microsoft Outlook 2016) is not from Microsoft and a spelling mistake was made in the country listed.

What to do

If you receive this text message it should be deleted and you should not follow the link it mentions. 

If you have followed the link and entered your Microsoft ID and password you should:

  • Sign into your Microsoft account (only through the Microsoft web site http://portal.office.com) and reset your password.  Do not use the old password and do not use a slight variation of the old password - choose a new and completely different password.

If you unable to log into your account or have any queries on this matter, please contact us.

Tags  fake scam sign-in spoof

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Article Contents
  • The Scam
  • What to do
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