Hotmail Hackers!

Today I received this email supposedly from Windows Live.. Has anyone else had one.. However upon investigating through Windows Live they say they would never ask you for your pass word Via an Email… So please beware.. and DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD OR DETAILS OUT AND CHANGE PASS WORD regular. 

This was the email..

The Windows Live Team.
Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA © 2010 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care® and we are sending it to all Hotmail Accounts Owner for safety. We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account is among those to be deactivated. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if this account is still valid? If it is, Please kindly confirm your account by first clicking on the show content link highlighted in yellow just above the subject line. The following information is needed to verify your account: Your User name, password, date of birth and your country information.
Click on the reply button and fill in your information: 
* Full Name…………………………….
* User Name:……………………………
* 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.

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after 24 Hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Below is the page I copied directly from the Windows Live help centre…. in case any of you find your account blocked.. But read through it says they would never ask for your password via Email…
And Please if anyone sending emails use the BCC button to stop unwanted Spam..
Dreamwalker copied below is the page from Windows support centre.. Hope this helps

Your account has been temporarily blocked

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You saw the following message when logging into a Windows Live product:
   Your account has been temporarily blocked

Why are you seeing this? 
Someone may have used your account to send out a lot of junk messages or done something else that violates the Windows Live Code of Conduct.

What do these messages mean?
When an account is sending a lot of e-mail, friend invitations, or posting lots of comments, there is a good chance that it is a spammer. In some cases, spammers actually create accounts to use, but sometimes they break in to real accounts. We block accounts so that the spammers can’t send out any more junk and so that real people can get their accounts back. Blocked accounts have very limited access to Hotmail and Windows Live. Our goal is to help the real account owner get their account back.  

What should you do?

Verify your account with a mobile number (only available in limited markets at this time):

If you are unable to verify using the SMS validation, please submit your request here and one of our moderators will help you.

Here are some steps that you can take to avoid getting this error:

  • Do not give out your passwords to people. Hotmail, Windows Live, and Microsoft will never ask for your password in e-mail
  • Make sure that you have an anti-virus program installed and run it regularly. Many spammers get a hold of passwords through viruses and spyware. Microsoft Security Essentials offers free anti-virus protection.
  • If you use Windows, turning on Windows Update will help keep your computer up-to-date and make it less vulnerable to viruses.

•            Windows 7. Learn how to turn on automatic updating.

•            Windows Vista. Learn how to turn on automatic updating.

•            Windows XP. To learn how to turn on automatic updates, click the Start button, click Help and Support, type Windows update in the search box, and then, in the list of results, click Turn on automatic updates. Follow the instructions.

  • Check to make sure that you only send messages to people who want to receive them.
  • Reduce the number of messages that you send to large groups of people so that they are less likely to think your messages are unwanted mail.
  • Limit the number of chain letters, e-mail jokes and other messages that you send to help people recognize your mail as wanted and to make it more likely that your message will be allowed past your recipients’ junk mail filters.
  • Limit the number of friend invitations you send or send them only to people that know you. 
  • Check all the contacts in your address book to make sure that the accounts are still active.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sheila
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:47:15

    Hi Dreamwalker yes I did today I have not done anything about it. Glad for this email was feeling a little appehensive. Thank you so much xSheilax



  2. Lady Jude
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:57:57

    Thanks for the warning, I haven’t had it yet but heard it was going around. It just never ends these types of scams.



  3. eddietwohawks
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:58:27

    There is something that gives this hacker away. Real ‘Messenger’ messages never have gramatical errors. This one has….’and we are sending it to all Hotmail Accounts Owner'(s). The ‘s’ is missing!



    • suedreamwalker
      Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:05:41

      Yes Eddie.. but for a short while it had me fooled.. I messed up the posting as I re-edited and added the copied real what to do if blocked etc… It had the Hotmail logo on top of the email which at first glance looked the real thing.. but as we all know we can all copy and paste.. But you will all be getting fed up of updates on my blog lol.. Hope this helps..



  4. suemacarthur
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:04:58

    No I have not seen this till now,
    but i had one like it last year
    Be careful with it Sue, and scan your computer, to be safe
    Take care



  5. kerrie
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 04:25:56

    Hello Dreamwalker, Thanks for the warning about the hotmail hackers. You are in my thoughts and I hope all things are well with you and your family. Not long to go now before the baby is born. I bet everyone is getting very excited. I pray the Lord will shower you with many blessings, leaving you filled with memories that are full of joy and love!!! Take care. Smiles, Kerrie. xOx



  6. stardust97
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 11:15:24

    I had this also, Deleted it straight away



  7. kenny2dogs
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 18:45:09

    Hello again Dreamwalker.
    I also received one of these dubious e/mails. I suspected immediately that something was wrong. However, I followed it through to the part where it asked for my password. Needless to say, that is when I was “convinced” it was dangerous.
    Some good info here, for those unfamiliar with computers. well done you.
    Take care Dreamwalker.
    BTW. Cherno said to say hello “WOOF” 🙂



    • suedreamwalker
      Oct 08, 2010 @ 18:49:24

      Hi Kenny Thank you.. its been along while since our Warrior Princess.. days with our Scotish four legged friend.. I lost touch as she just vanished.. much to my sadness.. I hope you and Cherno doing well?.. I will drop on by…



  8. Steven Oberman
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 16:42:21

    I received a letter from MSN regarding the demise of Live spaces but not the one above. It is a scam. I am trying to find my friends but I am not getting lucky finding everyone. Good to find you and come over when you can.



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