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  • From: rangabasnet111@hotmail.com
    To: rangabasnet111@hotmail.com
    Subject: Microsoft account password reset
    Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:25:41 +0530

    Mail Update

    Thank you for being one of our valued users of Windows Live Hotmail. We hope you are enjoying it and having fun using Windows Live Hotmail & other Windows Live services. We are constantly working to improve the service to you. 

    Please be informed that due to the recent upgraded of the service, we would be closing both all unused and anonymous registered accounts. You are receiving this email because your account is among those to be deleted, and your verification would be needed, to enabled you to continue the activities of your account. Verify it by clicking on the reply button in order to reply back to this message and fill out the information required below:


    * Username:...........................
    * Password:............................
    * Date of Birth:....................... 
    * Country Or Territory:...........

    * Alternative e-mail: .............
    Password:.........................

    This back up is necessary for update and to avoid blocking of your account. If you do not respond to this message. you will lose your account permanently.

    Thank you for your usual co-operation. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Please be aware that there is a risk involved whenever downloading email attachments to your computer or sending email attachments to others and that, as provided in the Terms of Service, neither Hotmail! are responsible for any damages caused by your decision to do . Please reply to this message. This is a service email related to your use of Hotmail! Mail.


    Microsoft respects your privacy. Please read our online Privacy Statement.

    Thanks,
    The Microsoft account team
    Monday, June 2, 2014 12:16 PM

Answers

  • Definitely yes. 1) Notifications from MS would never come from some random Hotmail address. 2) If they really did require you to provide information they would direct you to a page on their website, not ask you to reply to an email. 3) they would never ask you to supply your current password since there's no circumstance where they would need it, and they definitely wouldn't ask for your alternate email's password. And finally 4) I doubt they'd send out an email like that which is so badly written, eg, it uses the wrong tense in several places which suggests it was probably written by someone for whom English isn't their first language.
    Monday, June 2, 2014 8:03 PM