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    I received this e-mail this morning, the actual e-mail has the windows logo, and looks very real.. has anyone else received this???Thinking scam but dont want to loose my e-mail acct...


    Dear Account User,


    This message is from our data base center to all free Hotmail 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 : ..
    * Password: .
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:




    Characters:

    Enter the 8 characters you see





    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after 24 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.


    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

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    That sure reads like a scam to me.

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    SCAM!! No question.

    Jan in VA

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    They should not be asking for your password, so it looks like a scam to me.

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    Just go to your regular account and see if it needs to be updated. Never, ever go thru someone's email.

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    Anytime you get an email asking for very personal information, assume it is a scam. Do NOT respond.

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    Most likely a scam. I received a similar one for my PayPal account and promptly deleted it. Looks like they're getting desperate!!

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    Definitely a scam.

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    Without a doubt SCAM. They wouldn't ask your password. anyone can pull the Windows (or any) logo from a website and use it in their e-mail.

    To be on the safe side if I were you I'd logon to your hotmail account and change the password.

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    SCAM!!!SCAM!!!SCAM!!! NEVER give password or date of birth however 'official' it looks!!

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    Good idea... on my way to change password now!! :)

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    SCAM

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    Definitely a scam. NO ONE asks for your password

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    scam. Just by logging in it would show your account as active.

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    They already have your password when you sign up for the account...that is why all email services have the "forgot password?" button.

    Don't do it

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    SCAM------never give your password

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    Thanks everyone..my gut told me no but ...then I started wondering if any other hotmail users received it.. probably like 10 gazillion of us LOL

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    Scam!

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    Sounds like a scam. I would NEVER send that information in an email. Reputable companies don't send requests for this kind of information.

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    don't answer it. Scam for sure

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    Big scam.... They NEVER< EVER ask for your Birth date!!!!

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    delete, delete, delete. go into hotmail and see if anything like that is there. i bet it isn't. hotmail has been hit hard by scammers. i get emails from fedex and ups too! very irritating!

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    Don't do it!

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    Any time you have a question such as this, you can research it through "snopes.com" and it will show what activity is going on in scam departments.

    Also if you want to be sure your account is active, NEVER EVER go through an email link...go directly to the website in question. Look on hotmail's main page for a way to report scam/spam/abuse topics. They may request you forward the email to them so they can track it's IP address.

    Never give your password or other identifying information on a letter/email that is sent to you. Always contact the sender directly through your normal means, do not call any numbers or emails that the sender provides. Banks and credit cards are also being hit really hard right now with scam emails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mile hi quilter
    I received this e-mail this morning, the actual e-mail has the windows logo, and looks very real.. has anyone else received this???Thinking scam but dont want to loose my e-mail acct...


    Dear Account User,


    This message is from our data base center to all free Hotmail 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 : ..
    * Password: .
    * Date of Birth:
    * Country Or Territory:




    Characters:

    Enter the 8 characters you see





    Warning!!! Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after 24 hours of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.


    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team
    I have had my hotmail account since 96 and I haven't recieved this message. you might contact them on your own and let them know of the message. So they can correct the spam.

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