Dealing with Online Abuse, Phishing and Spoofing in MS Outlook

If you are a keen user of Microsoft Windows, then you are one of the fortunate ones to have the best operating system! However, like other software even Windows operating system has its dark days and sometimes an unknown error might enter your system and make it cripple. Under such instances, there is only one way out, the technical guidance from Microsoft outlook customer support.

If you have been a victim of abuse, spoofing or phishing on the Outlook.com, then here are the guidelines suggested by the Microsoft outlook support experts.

How to Report Abuse?

  • Call your local law enforcement if you’re being threatened
  • You can report harassment, child exploitation, and pornography, impersonation, or other illegal activities received through an Outlook.com account by forwarding the offending email as an attachment to abuse@outlook.com. You can also include any relevant info, such as the number of times you’ve received messages from the account and the relationship, if any, between you and the sender

Dealing with Phishing and protecting yourself from its scam

Well, a phishing scam is an email that seems authorized, but is an attempt to get your personal information or steal your money! So to protect yourself from this kind of threat follow these guidelines:

  • Never reply to an email that asks you to send personal or account information
  • If you receive an email that looks suspicious or asks you for this type of information, never click links that supposedly take you to a company website
  • Never open any file attached to a suspicious-looking email
  • If the email appears to come from a company, contact the company’s customer service via phone or web browser to see if the email is legitimate
  • Search the web for the email subject line followed by the word hoax to see if anyone else has reported this scam

Phishing Scam reporting

If you suspect that you’ve received a phishing scam, just report the email by selecting the arrow next to Junk and choosing one of the following options:

  • Junk– Use this option for routine unwanted email
  • Phishing scam– Use this option for an email that is trying to trick you into giving out your personal information such as your password, bank account information, or Social Security number
  • My friend’s been hacked– Use this option if you start getting junk email or phishing scams from a sender you would normally trust

Spoofing, or receiving an email from yourself

Scammers can use a technique called “spoofing” to try to trick you into thinking the message is safe to open. When you receive an email message from yourself and you know you that you are not the culprit, then you can report this email as a phishing scam and then delete it.

“If you have mistakenly deleted any important emails from Outlook 2016 and emails of any other Outlook versions, you can recover them back with the help of Remo Recover Software.”

Additional info

Here are some common scams encountered by Outlook users

·         “Verify your account now or we’ll close it!”

·         “A large sum of money can be yours, just send your personal info or some cash.”

·         You’re our big winner!”

·         “Help! I’m stranded!”

·         “If you (don’t) forward this email, something (bad) good will happen!”

When you find such kind of scams, just contact the Microsoft Outlook support, understand what type of scam it is, what the scammer wants to do and what action to be taken in order to resolve and free yourself from those threats.

Be careful!

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