Somebody requested my password. It it a scam?
Thread poster: Alexandra Lindqvist

Alexandra Lindqvist
Local time: 02:30
English to Swedish
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Mar 27, 2011

Anyone else with a .msn .homail .windowslive account who has recieved this e-mail

Dear Account User,


This message is from our data base center to all free Windows Live account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it's a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.




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

Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.





Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.


We'll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.


Sincerely,
Windows Live Team


I this really true?


 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 01:30
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
Never, ever give out your passwords to anyone Mar 27, 2011

No online service will ever ask for your password

 

Natalie  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 01:30
Member (2002)
English to Russian
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MODERATOR
Please see also Mar 27, 2011

http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/blog/windows-live-email-account-verification/
http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/tips/hotmail/verify-hotmail-account.php


 

Ivana Kahle  Identity Verified
Croatia
Local time: 01:30
Member (2007)
German to Croatian
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Most probably it is Mar 27, 2011

Some time ago there was a similar scam for yahoo mail users.
I agree with Natalie - never ever give your password to anyone.
Besides, I would be cautious with .live addresses - my friend got stolen her address recently.
Consider reporting this scam to your e-mail services provider.
Good luck,
Ivana.


 

nordiste  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 01:30
English to French
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scam - never provide your password Mar 27, 2011

The best excuse I receveid was a scam was asking for my password "because of an identity fraud in progress, they wanted to check that my account was ok."

Currently there is one message I receive once a week in France from some obscure credit card security system asking for my CB details (including pin code !!) and saying that I need to comply with their request or I will not be be able to buy over the net with my credit card !


 

veratek
Brazil
Local time: 20:30
French to English
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So annoying! Mar 27, 2011

These scamsters are so annoying.

Until quite recently, my personal email box was practically free from any spam or scams mails. Since I use more than one email box, that was very convenient, spam always went into one or two others. Then one of these email rats must have gotten a hold of my personal address and all of a sudden, I began getting one or more scam emails just about EVERY DAY in my personal box. So annoying. Fortunately the Nigerian/African bank schemes or password requests aren't that frequent, but I now get these stupid French emails from unknown people who present themselves briefly and say they want to connect with others. And not too long ago I got a little gem, same thing, but the "clever" scamster had opted for a story saying that they had terminal cancer. They had a fortune to give away, but, alas, they didn't have anyone left in the world, so they had chosen me.

I was tempted to write back saying I was very happy with the news that they were going to depart soon from the face of the Earth and so I would have one less shameless scam email to delete per day.

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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:30
Definitely a scam Mar 27, 2011

Like Natalie and others pointed out, a typical and very annoying scam.

Like Veratek wrote, I got one today from a world-famous SNS site asking to be connected with somebody I never heard of. I used to get a lot of these scams, from banks in the US which I have never heard of or had any transactions, SNS sites, Windows Live, Yahoo, even an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet (I'm not sure if I can give names here, so I won't) which I believe many people on this site use (I'm also a user too) and its related online store where you could sell and buy things. And they all share one common thing: your PASSWORD.

They look so real, and I believe there are still a lot of people who get tricked by their close to genuine contents. That's why they've been around as long as I can remember.

Although it's not perfect, but there is one easy way to spot these.

Approximately 70% (according to my own statistics) of the addressed email addresses are variant or variants of your own account. For example, if your email account was John Smith@abc.com (not a freemail address), the email address would be something like John_Smyth@abc.com or a variant of that. I think these scammers know that if an email comes into your inbox, everybody would read the message and not pay attention "to whom" the messages are sent to. It's worth checking the "To" part in your email header.


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 01:30
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Do you really need to ask? Mar 27, 2011

Would you trust if a service provider asked you for your password to it? :-/

 

Alexandra Lindqvist
Local time: 02:30
English to Swedish
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TOPIC STARTER
As I suspected Mar 27, 2011

Thank you all for your replys

The adress it came from looked real enough. I only reacted when I saw the password part! Luckely I rectead for somone like my parents for ex this would mean their account would be lost.

I had my yahoo-account taken over about 6 months ago from somone who used my contact list to send e-mails to my parents pretending to be me and saying they had gotten in to trouble and needed them to send money. They fell for it! Luckely they were able to get their money back though! And I also took back the account from the hijacker and delited my emails fowared the ones this person sent to an other email adress in case I would need them to for ex prove that my parents should get their money back after that I closed the account!


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:30
English to Spanish
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NO NEED TO ASK Mar 27, 2011

I just deleted it immediately.

 

Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:30
Member (2003)
English to German
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Dead giveaway Mar 27, 2011

"Dear user/account user/member/etc."

They know you have an account or whatever business relation with them, but they don't know your name???
But even if they do have your name, never give out your password to anybody.

Trustworthy sites always tell you that they will never ask for your personal information via email.

Re contact list: There is so much abuse with illegal access to contact lists - I don't keep any. My email address has been abused in the passed, but it was just send out randomly, never to people who actually know me.


 

Michael Lourenço Leite
Brazil
Local time: 20:30
Member (2010)
English to Portuguese
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Yes Mar 28, 2011

Certainly it is.

Be Careful!

Alexandra Lindqvist wrote:

Anyone else with a .msn .homail .windowslive account who has recieved this e-mail

Dear Account User,


This message is from our data base center to all free Windows Live account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused accounts to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing, you will have to update it below so we will know that it's a presently used account. To do this, You have to click on your reply button to reply back to this message and then you fill the information below.




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

Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.





Note: YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE SHARED.


We'll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.


Sincerely,
Windows Live Team


I this really true?


 


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