Scam: Email Exceeded Storage Limit
Email scams have been circulating around that claim your e-mail account has exceeded it’s sending and receiving limit or something similar. These emails often contain malicious links that will install malware directly onto the computer system if clicked. Furthermore, these email scams may ask victims for sensitive personal information including full names, home addresses, usernames to accounts, passwords, and more.
If you receive an email that says something similar to “Email Exceeded Storage Limit” make sure to immediately delete it. The message is not true, it is a scam meant to click-bait victims to download malware and visit malicious websites.
There are many versions of email spam messages associated with the Email Exceeded Storage Limit scam. A few have been listed below for reference:
We are sending this e-mail to inform you that your e-mail account has excedeed it's sending and receiving limit in the last 7 days. Due to this , your account was suspended in order to prevent unwanted spyware and bots using our customer's accounts. In order to verify your e-mail and lift the suspenion limit, please verify your hotmail information on the link below: [Link Removed]
From: IT-Support Team Subject: Dear Webmail User The assigned storage limit of your mailbox has been exceeded due to the high rate of spam/junk mails, and incoming mails are currently being rejected. For re-validation, click the below link and fill the form to increase your quota limit. CLICK HERE ©2013 Technical Support Team.
From: SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR Subject: Confirm Your Account Your E-mail has exceeded 2 GB which was established by our website administrator, you are currently runing at 2.30GB, you can not send or receive new messages until you confirm your mailbox. Complete the form below to verify your account. Fill in the required form below to cornfirm your account and sent the following e-mail: (1) E-mail: (2) Username: (3) Password: (4) Confirm Password: thank you system administrator
From: System Administrator Subject: RE; Your E-MailBox Has Exceeded Storage Limit! Attention: RE; Your E-MailBox Has Exceeded Storage Limit! Your Emailbox has exceeded the storage limit. You may not be able to send or receive new mail until your mailbox size is increased by your System Administrator. To help us re-set increase the size on our database prior to maintain your Mailbox, you must contact your system administrator via Email with these informations, to increase your storage limit automatically. You do not need to be present at our Office. Username: ................ Password:................. You will continue to receive this warning message periodically if your inbox size continues to exceed its size limit or between 18MB and 20 MB.
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