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  1.    23 Apr 2018 #1

    Verify Account


    Hi all..I have just received two or three mails that says its from Microsoft saying someone might have tried sign in to my account and and I am worried whether to confirm my password after seeing the obvious misspelling at the beginning of the message as you can see below.
    Can you tell me, is it legit or not please.?
    Len

    Weapos;ve detected something unusual about a recent sign-in for the Weapos;ve detected something unusual about a recent sign-in for the Microsoft account le*****@outlook.com. For example, you might be signing in from a new location, device or app.
    To help keep you safe, we've blocked access to your inbox, contacts list and calendar for that sign-in. Please review your recent activity and we'll help you secure your account. To regain access, you'll need to confirm that the recent activity was yours.
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  2.    23 Apr 2018 #2

    It's hacker phishing spam.

    I've been getting the same sort of emails regarding my Yahoo mail. That stuff went straight to the Yahoo spam bucket. If Yahoo says it's spam, then it's spam.

    Neither Microsoft nor any other legitimate company will send you email asking you for a password. Not ever!
    Nor will they block access just because the claim "unusual activity".

    Does the email give you a link to click? Where does that lead? I'm betting it's NOT going to microsoft.com :)
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  3. EyeInTheSky's Avatar
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       23 Apr 2018 #3

    Clicking on a link inside a suspected e-mail phishing scam is unsafe in itself.

    Outlook has been having problems worldwide and scammers are taking advantage of the two-step authentication method.
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  4.    23 Apr 2018 #4

    Go directly to your Microsoft account https://account.microsoft.com/account & check security>Review recent activity.
    This will tell you if anyone has tried accessing your account.

    I agree that the email is probably a phishing email, if you have two-factor authentication on your account you may receive these emails but they won’t contain spelling errors. When I receive one I visit the website directly not via the link in the email.
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  5.    23 Apr 2018 #5

    Depending on your email client, you can hover over the sender address and it should tell you who it is. I never respond to such emails even if they are legit. I prefer to go directly to the website myself.
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  6. EyeInTheSky's Avatar
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       23 Apr 2018 #6

    Bastet said: View Post
    Go directly to your Microsoft account https://account.microsoft.com/account & check security>Review recent activity.
    This will tell you if anyone has tried accessing your account.

    I agree that the email is probably a phishing email, if you have two-factor authentication on your account you may receive these emails but they won’t contain spelling errors. When I receive one I visit the website directly not via the link in the email.

    Excellent feedback! I agree completely about visiting the site directly; not the link. Heck, even with safe emails, I still visit the site directly and not by way of the link in the email. I always copy the link and put it directly in the browser to see if my browser security flags the site/link as malicious.
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  7.    23 Apr 2018 #7

    I also hover over the link or if I’m on my iPad I long press on the link which doesn’t open it but allows me to see the full URL, it should match what the links says - if it’s a MS site then the URL should point to the correct page, if it doesn’t then that’s an indication it’s a fake/scam site.
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  8.    23 Apr 2018 #8

    Hi....I have hovered over the link and it says Sign in to your Microsoft account ....but I am still scared to click on it.
    I changed my computer a couple of weeks ago and maybe gave them my other email address, also when I clicked on REVIEW RECENT ACTIVITY it said
    You can't access this site right now
    This site requires a security code to sign in. When your security info updates on 4/23/2018 you will be able to access this site. You can still access sites such as Outlook and Skype that don't require a security code.
    On 3/24/2018 you requested that your security info be replaced.
    Current security info
    Phone number ending in 52
    New security info
    Alternate email: ca*****@btinternet.com
    If you didn't request this, let us know.
    If you'd like to keep your current security info, you can cancel this request.
    So should I just wait and see if I get any more emails?. By the way I got one today.
    Len
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  9.    23 Apr 2018 #9

    Sorry don't know what happened there but on my last post it has not put in what I typed.
    I should have said " I have hovered over the link and it says https://account.microsoft.com/activity"
    Len
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  10. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       23 Apr 2018 #10

    donnylad said: View Post
    Hi....I have hovered over the link and it says Sign in to your Microsoft account ....but I am still scared to click on it.
    I changed my computer a couple of weeks ago and maybe gave them my other email address, also when I clicked on REVIEW RECENT ACTIVITY it said
    You can't access this site right now
    This site requires a security code to sign in. When your security info updates on 4/23/2018 you will be able to access this site. You can still access sites such as Outlook and Skype that don't require a security code.
    On 3/24/2018 you requested that your security info be replaced.
    Current security info
    Phone number ending in 52
    New security info
    Alternate email: ca*****@btinternet.com
    If you didn't request this, let us know.
    If you'd like to keep your current security info, you can cancel this request.
    So should I just wait and see if I get any more emails?. By the way I got one today.
    Len
    You didn't do anything wrong with the link. It was just formatted by MS to put human readable words in the link. Like this:

    Hi....I have hovered over the link and it says Sign in to your Microsoft account ....but I am still scared to click on it.

    "https://account.microsoft.com/activity"]Sign in to your Microsoft account
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