This scam targets Hotmail account holders, but similar scams are run on every other major email service. The aim is to make you alarmed by this warning message and therefore reply with your information before taking time to realize it’s a scam.
Why this scam is so concerning:
If you are fooled by this scam and reply to ‘mightyshine’, you may have everything in your email account, address book, calendars, and more, stolen. If you store passwords in email, they will be compromised. If you receive email from your financial institutions that information is compromised. And so on.
Additionally, you will also have exposed all the people in your address book, as well as any others who have sent you email that you kept. These friends, family members and acquaintances will be prime targets for the second wave of scams – the ones that look like they come from you and so the victims fall for them because of their trust in you.
A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. It is not only your responsibility to learn to spot scams to protect yourself and others; your safety requires that those you interact with are also able to spot the scams. Once you know how, teach others.
You should be able to find at least ten red flags that tell you this e-mail is fraudulent. Click on the picture below to see the answers, but try to find them yourself, first. If you find ten, you’re a pro with little to worry about. If you find fewer than eight, consider practicing on some more of our spam scam examples
Here are the clues that this is a scam: