That was the subject line on an email I received this morning. In the past year or so I’ve received multiple emails with this subject line. Not to spam levels but enough that it gets pretty annoying.
The email is supposedly from Windows Live Customer Care® although there is a person’s name in the from field and they’re using a msn.com email address. They’re requesting that I confirm my account or it will be deactivated. In real life my personal email is through what used to be hotmail. I had one of the original hotmail.com addresses but for reasons I can no longer remember I let that account go dormant. When I signed back up hotmail.com had become live.com so I used that, employing the firstname.lastname@example.org protocol like we do at work. Now hotmail and live are becoming Outlook. I already transitioned to the Outlook platform (is that the right terminology?) but I get to keep my live.com address.
Enter this email in it’s multiple iterations:
This email is from Windows Live Customer Care®. We are sending it to all account owners for account upgrade. We are experiencing network congestion due to anonymous registration of email accounts. To prevent this, we are shutting down unconfirmed accounts and your account is scheduled to be deactivated.
Then there’s a request to verify that the account is still valid by clicking on the reply button and filling in my information. Here’s the reply I sent back:
Full Name: Jane Doe – hey they’re the ones who think I’m anonymous!
User Name: Wouldn’t you like to know – I don’t have a user name.
Password: Expelliarmus! – ‘nuf said.
Year of Birth: 1970 – what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
Country or Territory: Yukon Territory – is that still a territory?
Then there was this: