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Offline Pete!

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Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« on: July 23, 2016, 12:51:57 PM »
Got an email in my Hotmail account this morning, inviting me to click on some links.

From: Microsoft <msa@communication.microsoft.com>
Subject: Updates to our terms of use and privacy statement

The headers look legitimate.
The links look (sort of) legitimate - eg. https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=799609.

"Thunderbird" blocked remote content.
In an abundance of caution, I didn't click on anything.

Did anyone else get this? Is it legitimate?

Source w/my email censored:
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From - Sat Jul 23 09:05:48 2016
X-Account-Key: account9
X-UIDL: F50B7C95-50AC-11E6-8E38-78E3B5079BFA
X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
X-Mozilla-Keys:                                                                                 
x-store-info:Ru8Mzrcu9BgQ2IiRwdjyVnl2gZBK0uAo59m4pdoJXDY=
Authentication-Results: hotmail.com; spf=pass (sender IP is 65.55.234.209; identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) smtp.mailfrom=msa@communication.microsoft.com; dkim=none (identity alignment result is pass and alignment mode is relaxed) header.d=communication.microsoft.com; x-hmca=pass header.id=msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-SID-PRA: msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-AUTH-Result: PASS
X-SID-Result: PASS
X-Message-Status: n:n
X-Message-Delivery: Vj0xLjE7dXM9MTtsPTE7YT0xO0Q9MDtHRD0wO1NDTD0w
X-Message-Info: AuEzbeVr9u6ITJ84TuOjIlf+zQoQZu32xyO9Vwo9E62yt+7edwAVrPED28cu6Sdl+OKBFIYUw33WzWujKnMhqe6RlvulEj6iB/xv69BYnHH8Twd/v+wqMZKZ6SxE0/2Fn2B0U7zfMr+HV82R1U3rzxWpmzC8jeFgJ3sJw4cQCPYyzyUkSqSlaPQLLHw0GLtFHcOOepaBkU8PhJXCbJVjOZhvFVy3XpK2x3dJMWBxufyVIE8XnL/7e9F0aC655Vo7
Received: from smtpi.msn.com ([65.55.234.209]) by COL004-MC5F25.hotmail.com over TLS secured channel with Microsoft SMTPSVC(7.5.7601.23143);
    Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:10:51 -0700
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:10:19 -0700
From: Microsoft <msa@communication.microsoft.com>
To: <CENSORED@hotmail.com>
Message-ID: <em8.970a8bb.20160722230652.1.-.384.698262.8797701@communication.microsoft.com>
Subject: Updates to our terms of use and privacy statement
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X-Mailer: 10.0.3.2.38; msn
X-rpcampaign: msft4788882
Return-Path: msa@communication.microsoft.com
X-Message-Routing:
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* Your Services Agreement and Privacy Statement made clearer *

You=E2=80=99re receiving this email because we are updating the Microsoft S=
ervices Agreement, which applies to one or more Microsoft products or servi=
ces you use. We=E2=80=99re making these updates to clarify our terms and en=
sure that they remain transparent for you, as well as to cover additional M=
icrosoft products, services and features.=20

The Microsoft Services Agreement is an agreement between you and Microsoft =
(or one of its affiliates) that governs your use of Microsoft consumer onli=
ne products and services.

Here are some of the most notable changes to the Microsoft Services Agreeme=
nt:=20
=E2=80=A2=09Coverage for additional services (like GroupMe and Group Messag=
ing) and new functionality and features for covered services (like Skype, B=
ing and our Rewards program)=20
=E2=80=A2=09Clarifications that your work or school account is covered by d=
ifferent terms
=E2=80=A2=09Notice that Xbox now requires that you sign in at least every 5=
 years to keep your gamertag active =20
=E2=80=A2=09Explanation of data storage limits for OneDrive and factors tha=
t could affect syncing and uploading to OneDrive services

You can read the entire Microsoft Services Agreement [here]. You can also l=
earn more about these updates on our FAQ page [here]. The updates to the Mi=
crosoft Services Agreement will take effect on September 15, 2016. If you c=
ontinue to use our products and services on or after September 15, 2016, yo=
u are agreeing to the updated Microsoft Services Agreement.=20
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799609
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

We are also updating the Microsoft Privacy Statement.  These updates are de=
scribed on our FAQ page [here], and are effective as of August 2, 2016.
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

If you do not agree, you can choose to discontinue using the products and s=
ervices, and close your Microsoft account before these terms become effecti=
ve. If you are a parent or guardian, you are responsible for your child=E2=
=80=99s or teenager=E2=80=99s use of Microsoft products and services, inclu=
ding purchases. =20

Thank you for using Microsoft products and services.

******************************

[Microsoft Privacy Statement]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D521839

[Microsoft Services Agreement]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799609

[Frequently Asked Questions]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D799610

******************************

[Microsoft]
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=3D271181

Microsoft respects your privacy. To learn more, please read our [Privacy St=
atement].
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=3D521839

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052=20


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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2016, 01:38:51 PM »
It is legitimate.  Microsoft did update the Services Agreement and I've seen elsewhere that others have received the notice of the update. 

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2016, 02:19:51 PM »
Thanks
I may be getting paranoid in my old age :(

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2016, 04:08:15 PM »
Better safe than sorry!


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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2016, 10:12:35 PM »
Paranoid - good. My husband is paranoid and doesn't even look inside an email that looks suspicious. (That's my job.)
Too many people click any link in any email before even thinking about what they are doing.

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2016, 10:33:49 PM »
I haven't received the notice at my primary email address but did receive it in my hotmail account.


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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2016, 12:14:12 PM »
I haven't received the notice at my primary email address but did receive it in my hotmail account.
I originally set up my Hotmail account as a reliable spare. I seldom use it.
However, based upon the behavior of Windows 8.x and 10, I gathered that it's become my "Microsoft ID" (or whatever they're calling it these days).

Since I have Thunderbird set up to check it "on startup", it's a "Microsoft Service" that I'm using.

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2016, 07:16:23 PM »
I got it as well.   msa@communication.microsoft.com  -- I also had a really suspicious pop up happen not long before that that looked like it came from Microsoft and all I remember about it was telling me not to leave the site or something like that.  I freaked out and I did the Alt F4 thinking I was hacked. 

I use Windows 7 and my Microsoft products are Office 2007.  So, does this mean that if I don't sign the agreement I can no longer use them?  It was all very scary and unexpected indeed to get an odd looking email in my Yahoo email and also a pop up.  Thank you.

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2016, 07:46:16 PM »
If you click on the links Corrine provided above, you'll see that they apply to the use of Microsoft consumer online products and services.  I received an email covering Skype a few days ago.

You will be able to use Windows 7 and Office 2007 without any interruption.
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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2016, 10:42:35 PM »
I received the very same email that Pete! posted originally in my hotmail account today, most definitely legit, and meant to cover any online services I use.
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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2016, 05:40:10 PM »
I got one in outlook (web mail) yesterday.

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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2016, 11:09:25 PM »
Greetings from the Great Country of "TEXAS,"

Pete!

Was going to give you my evaluation on that email, but; you have gotten the official replies, mine is a lttle late,  From what you have posted looks to be OFFICIAL

Now for the most important part, if I may?  Be proud to join the "Dual Noid" crowd, having that feature will protect you more than you can imagine, except for being HUMAN - accident prone, not being cauclous enough.  I am so cauclous when leaving through my front-door have to look back in the house to see to it that I am not being followed. (just in case you did not understand that is the trait of being "paranoid').  Would be proud to have you join us "Noid Noiders" of America, not really a club or orginization, we may be followed by non-members
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Re: Microsoft E-mail - phishing or legit?
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2016, 12:46:53 PM »
Greetings from the Great Country of "TEXAS,"

Pete!

Was going to give you my evaluation on that email, but; you have gotten the official replies, mine is a lttle late,  From what you have posted looks to be OFFICIAL

Now for the most important part, if I may?  Be proud to join the "Dual Noid" crowd, having that feature will protect you more than you can imagine, except for being HUMAN - accident prone, not being cauclous enough.  I am so cauclous when leaving through my front-door have to look back in the house to see to it that I am not being followed. (just in case you did not understand that is the trait of being "paranoid').  Would be proud to have you join us "Noid Noiders" of America, not really a club or orginization, we may be followed by non-members
I was using the word in jest, BUT...

There are so many banks, brokers, insurance carriers, government entities, & etc, that are constantly assuring you that they don't contact customers via email (and/or phone), and warning us not to respond to emails that appear to be from them, that it seemed strange to be getting an "official notice" from Microsoft, via email.

Although the headers, and the link, appeared legitimate, I'm aware that no matter how smart you think you are, somewhere there's a "badguy" that's smarter.