Stealing your bank account or credit card information is one thing, but now e-mail phishers
are going after something truly important: Your Xbox Live account. Xbox.com forum-goer Whagi reports
on an e-mail he received, purportedly from Xbox Support, announcing new features on his Xbox Live account. The e-mail links to a supposed Microsoft passport login page
that's actually a phishing site designed to capture your login information.
The problem goes deeper than your Xbox -- if you use your Passport account for other Microsoft services, the phishers could have access to a lot of sensitive information. The same e-mail has reportedly been received by other users in the U.S. and U.K.
It probably goes without saying, but if you get a similar e-mail, delete it immediately. If you accidentally use the link, change your password immediately. And don't trust random e-mails to notify you about new Xbox Live updates -- that's what we're here for
, after all.
[Update: Microsoft has acknowledged
the scam and reportedly taken action.]