Lately, I have been getting an increased number of spam email from “Hotmail” or “Windows Live Services” asking me to confirm my account or it will be deleted or suspended.  These emails are intended to trick the user into filling out a form with their usernames and passwords in order to keep the account active.

The problem here is that Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, and any other legitimate email service you can think of will NEVER ask for that information.  So stay safe out there and don’t give usernames or passwords to anyone.  Below is a copy of one of the emails I have received.  This can give you an idea of what they look like.

Dear Account Owner,

This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information would be needed to verify your account.

Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 72 hours for security reasons.

* Username: ………………………..
* Password: …………………………..
* Date of Birth: ……………………….
* Country Or Territory: …………….

After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Sincerely,
The Windows Live Hotmail Team

Hotmail is part of Windows Live.

* This assumes a reasonable growth rate. Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
For more information or for general questions regarding your e-mail account, please visit Windows Live Hotmail Help.

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