I just got this e-mail in my Hotmail account. It had been separated as JUNK and rightfully so. I thought Hotmail had made a mistake at first. Here's what it said.
DEAR ACCOUNT USER,
This is email from Windows Live Customer Service® and we are sending it to all account user for safety. Due to the anonymous registration of our account which is causing congestion to our service, so we are shutting down some account and your account was among those to be deleted. The purpose of this email is for you to verify that you are the owner of this account and you are still using it by filling the information below after clicking on the reply button:.......
(Then they asked for name, address, and other personal information.)
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
The Windows Live Hotmail Team
I just DELETED this message, of course but I could see that there must have been people who would fall for something like this. I had to read it carefully to see the grammatical errors in the message. I wonder what they're planning to do with the information. Identify theft? Shiver... It's sad to know there are so many criminal, crazy people out in cyber space.