Phishing scam: "Microsoft De-Activation In Progress"

Published: 12 May 2023

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community with the subject "Microsoft De-Activation In Progress".  See an example of the message above. The example we received says,

"Dear User,

This is the last time we will notify you that we'll stop processing incoming emails in your school account, and the reason is you failed to verify your Microsoft account which may lead to the permanent deletion of your account from our database in the next few hours.

Kindly take a minute to complete our email verification below

https://McGill University/management

Important Notice- Account disconnection will take place today

Support Team"

Please DO NOT click on the link or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

This email is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. If you have already clicked on the link in this email and submitted any personal information, you should change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.

You can quickly report a suspicious email by using the Report Message, Report Junk, or Report Phishing buttons in any Outlook app, including Outlook on the web (

Note: If the email is already in your Junk Email folder, you do not need to report it.

For more details, see Report suspicious emails.

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