A reader forwarded a recently received email that purported to be from Microsoft and wanted to know if it was real.

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While this email is fairly professional-looking compared to some scams, there are red flags.  First, I’ve never received a privacy policy update from Microsoft where they threatened to shut down and delete everything in my account if I didn’t respond within 24 hours. I tested this out (don’t try this at home) and it takes you to a nearly exact duplicate of the actual Outlook sign-in page. Fake site on the left. Actual Outlook.com on the right.

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If you entered your info on the site on the left, the crooks would have your Outlook ID and your password.  If you think a notice like this is legitimate, just go to Outlook.com. Don’t click on a link. Type that actual address into your browser. If there are some terms you need to accept, you’ll be notified before you log in.

~ Cynthia