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Wilton Police Alert About Fraud E-mail Campaign

The Police in Wilton (Connecticut, USA) have urged residents that they require maintaining vigilance against phishing e-mails that are posing as messages from Windows Live Hotmail. Thehour.com reported this on January 28, 2011.

Speaking further about the above e-mail fraud, police official Lt. Donald Wakeman stated that one particular inhabitant reported to the Wilton Police Department of one e-mail, which told the recipient that owing to inactivity, it'd been decided to shutdown Windows Live accounts except if account-owners sent a return e-mail informing their latest username, password and birth-date. Thehour.com published this.

The official stated that back in 2008, Microsoft had warned about the above kind of fraudulent, phishing e-mail.

Sadly, according to Wakeman, the truth was that the above e-mail was simply one among the numerous phishing e-mails, which did the rounds within countries and across the world.

And because the above mentioned e-mails are so malicious, Police Officers such as Wakeman along with security professionals advise Internet-users that they mustn't ever give away their account credentials in response to an e-mail requesting for the same as in the new episode of Windows Live Hotmail. Indeed, to remain safe from such scams, people must remember that Hotmail doesn't ever request users to give their account credentials through electronic mails, the e-mail service stated.

Hence, users are suggested for regarding any such solicitation with utmost doubt and for deleting the messages.

Further, any user who isn't sure must visit the related Internet site like Hotmail in the current case by directly feeding the URL into his Web-browser's address bar. E-mail operators need to also know the way for identifying phishing scams such as looking for grammatical, spelling and typographical mistakes. And while genuine organizations don't dispatch weakly-written e-mails, there's almost always poorly-jotted content inside phishing e-mails.

Eventually, users require reporting phishing campaigns. Moreover, lest they get victimized with one, they must reset the password of their Hotmail account, with the new password being something extremely secured and not just a name, number or dictionary word. Also, symbols like & and $ must be used for the password that should be made lengthy too.

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