The popular free email service, Hotmail.com, is close to closing down.
The service, run by Microsoft, has, apparently, become so overburdened that they are running out of resources and need to close thousands of dormant accounts at the very least.
How do I know this?
Because the following email I received told me so…
Subject: Fwd: Hotmail is shutting down, pls read this if you have hotmail.
Dear Hotmail User,
Because of the sudden rush of people signing up to Hotmail, it has come to our attention that we are vastly running out of resources. So, within a month’s time, anyone who does not receive this email with the exact subject heading, will be deleted off our server. Please forward this email so that we know you are still using this account.
Hotmail is overloading and we need to get rid of some people and we want to find out which users are actually using their Hotmail accounts. So if you are using your account, please pass this e-mail to every Hotmail user that you can and if you do not pass this letter to anyone we will delete your account.
From Mr. Mark Bernard
Hotmail Admin. Dept.
Before you panic and sign-in, as some of my friends who received this did, you should realise that this is no more than an email hoax.
Microsoft have plenty of resources and hotmail will not be closing any time soon.