email hijack

This must be a scam

This must be a scam because I have been trying to close this account for years and American Express ignores my request


Dear Valued Customer,
Your Card has been Suspended, as an error was detected in your Card information.
The reason for the error is not certain,  but for security reasons, we have suspended your Card temporarily.

We need you to update your information for further use of this Card as soon as possible please.
To Login, please click the link below:

We appreciate your prompt attention to this important matter.

2014 American Express. All rights reserved.


I received the same email last month

These scammers just don’t give up

Windows Live Team Alert Confirmation®

Dear Account User,

This message is from our database center to all Windows Live 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 : ………………………..

* Full Name: …………………………..
* Password: ………………………….
* Date of Birth: ………………………
* Country Or Territory: ……………

Account owner that fails to verify his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.


We’ll keep making Windows Live MSN! the best email service around.


Windows Live Team

A typical example of a hijacked email scam

Here is a prime example of an email you may receive if a friend of yours has had their email hijacked. This is just another form of identity theft.


I need your help. I am in Scotland, U.K for a Seminar. Unfortunately, I was robbed on way to the hotel and all valuables and money were stolen. I need you to lend me

$2,880 so I can pay my hotel bill and fly home. I will pay back upon my safe arrival. I have no access to phone here and it is difficult to get help. That is why I am sending this email.

I am not hurt and will be fine with your support. Go to Western Union to send me the money so I can go to the bank with my passport to pick it up. They said it is the best way for me to receive money since I don’t have an account and it will be available in minutes.

Here is the information to send me money:

Name: Some friend or acquaintance you know
Address: 101 TAY STREET

I will need the Control Number from Western Union and other payment information to receive the money here. Kindly treat as urgent and get back to me soon with the

western union receipt or payment details.


Someone in your address book

Finally, the hijacked owner of the email becomes aware of the scam and sends out an email similar to the below. Unfortunately, how much money has been scammed before this email is sent out.

Hi all  I am fine  no emergency  I’m not in Scotland I’m home in Kansas City.  I’ve been hacked  working with yahoo on problem now  sorry for any inconvience,  Freddie

Someone in your address book

Hotmail hijack scam

If you are a Hotmail user and receive this do not click on their link

hotmail scam

Windows Live Account Authentication:

    Dear Hotmail Account User,

  • This message is from Hotmail Customer care messaging center, to all Hotmail account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base servers, and e-mail account center.
    We are deleting all unused Hotmail accounts to create more space for new accounts. You will have to Authenticate your Hotmail Account below to show you are human and to prevent a permanent closure of this email address.
    Do not click on external links, authentication should be done using the authenticate button below. Successfully authenticated addresses will be automatically notified via inbox.        
  • Click here to authenticate


  • Account owners who do not authenticate their account after a month of receiving this update will have his or her account terminated.  
  • Hotmail is committed to protecting your privacy. Your sensitive details will not be shared with any third party.