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Is this email from hotmail fake? What's the scam?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by the-dream, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. the-dream

    the-dream Regular Member

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    I got this email supposedly from hotmail and it screams fake and scam, but it's not actually scamming me into anything. I'm confused.

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    Windows Live Hotmail Member Services (member_services@live.com)Sent: 20 August 2012 02:45:27To:


    ^^notice that it doesn't have anyone in the "To" bit so was probably just BCC'd to loads of people.

    [​IMG]

    IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUIRED

    Dear Customer,
    Your Windows Live HotmailĀ® account has been growing really fast.
    If it continues to grow at this rate, you will not be able to receive messages in the future. Here are a few suggestions to help you manage your account.

    1. Create an archive - Set up a folder on your PC’s hard drive where you can save large attachments. Then just delete them from your inbox. You’ll still have them and your inbox will be that much smaller.
    2. Make your filters work for you- Did you know you can set up your Hotmail account to immediately delete junk e-mail? Go to Options, and click Filters and reporting. Under the “Delete junk e-mail” section, select Immediately to delete junk e-mail right away. Once you’re finished, click Save and you’re done.
    3. Delete a bunch of mail at once- Go to your Junk and Deleted folders, and clear them out by clicking the “Empty” button in the action bar.
    If you have more questions, please read our help topic on Hotmail storage.
    Sincerely,
    The Windows Live Hotmail Team

    Please do not reply to this e-mail, because it is an unmonitored alias.
    Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our online Privacy Statement.
    Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA Ā© 2008 Microsoft Corporation.

    Does anyone know if this is real, which it doesn't seem to be, and if not, what the hell the point in it is? A very weird method.








     
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  2. proxygo

    proxygo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    big respect to the -9 ...
    how did you start with +10 and goto -9
    thats 19 minus reps ..
     
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  3. redclover

    redclover BANNED BANNED

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    Looks like instructions to me more than any scam.
     
  4. twister360

    twister360 Newbie

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    if there are link then could be phishing ?
     
  5. the-dream

    the-dream Regular Member

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    I shared quite a public method that I even knew existed before I knew IM existed and a Jr VIP got mad and wiped off minus 20 rep.
     
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    roach BANNED BANNED

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    Ok I send out mails like this when I break in a new email server........ Not many people will mark that as spam..... so it helps when breaking in the new ip...... or a new spammer was testing stuff. who knows, but i highly doubt microsoft would bcc to a ton of people... check the headers, look at the ip the email came from and then do some checking and see who actually owns that ip.. that should help a little.
     
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  7. the-dream

    the-dream Regular Member

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    Thanks, makes a lot more sense now!
     
  8. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    You should report that as rep abuse. ;)