'C-93 Virus Alert' Phishing Scam Email
OutlineAn email claiming to be from Windows Outlook warns that a 'C93 Virus' has been detected in your mailbox and you are therefore required to click a link to run a Norton anti-virus scan to resolve the issue.
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Brief AnalysisThe email is not from Outlook or Microsoft. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your Microsoft Account login details to criminals.
Dear Outlook Member,
A C93 Virus has been detected in your mailbox, You are required to apply the new Norton AV security anti-virus to scan and to remove all Trojan and viral bugs from your mailbox Account, Failure to apply the scan your mailbox will be De-Activated to avoid our database from being infected.
Click on Optimal Scan and Log in to apply the service.
'Outlook' Email Warns of C-93 Virus
But, warns the message, if you fail to run the scan, your mailbox will be deactivated.
Email Not From Outlook - Phishing Scam
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fake webpage that is designed to look like a genuine Microsoft account login. When you enter your login details and click the 'Sign In' button, you will be automatically redirected to a genuine Microsoft account page.
Meanwhile, the criminals can collect your login details and use them to hijack your real Microsoft Account. Because the same credentials are used to login to various Microsoft services, they are a valuable commodity for scammers.
Similar to Earlier 'Virus' Alert Phishing Scams
If you receive one of these fake virus warnings, do not click any links or open any attachments that they contain.
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Last updated: November 4, 2014
First published: November 4, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen