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Friday, December 12, 2008

Scam alert: fake Yahoo message

Below is an email I just received. Its a FAKE from YAHOO and they are trying to get your details. A friend of mind received it last week and just replied it and was then locked out of his account. Furthermore, emails went out to everyone in his address book saying he lost all his money whilst in London and asking ppl to send him 1,500 pounds as emergency assistance. Total scam. Best thing is I have no yahoo account!!!
Take note.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: mailalertservice
Date: Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 12:16 AM
Subject: Yahoo Warning!!!(Verify Your Account Now To Aviod It Suspended)!.

Dear Valued Member,

Dear Yahoo Member,
This message is from yahoo messaging center to
all yahoo free account owners and premium account
owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and
e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused
yahoo account to create more space for new accounts.
To prevent your account from closing you will have
to update it below so that we will know that it's a
present used account. CONFIRM YOUR IDENTITY BELOW

Yahoo! ID : ..............................

Password : .....................

Date of Birth : .........................

Country or Territory : ....................

Enter the letter from the Security Image :
........ a Warning!!! Account
owner that refuses to update his or her account within
Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or
her account permanently. Thank you for using Yahoo!


cikgu said...

Nice of you to blog this. This kind of spam mails has been going round for quite sometimes. I did receive such mail a few years back and just ignore it.Until today my Yahoo Mail is still working all right.

The best thing before responding to any email is to check the source of the email and the properties of the address. There will be some suspicious clue when we check the properties.

Peter said...

Dear Cikgu,

Very nice of you to add this piece of caution. I will probably add it to the post.

blackroze said...

I get these phishing scams frequently. I forward them to Yahoo's abuse team and let them deal with them.

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Anonymous said...

Hi!I also received this same phishing scam and have posted it on my blogspot. Glad to see others blogging warning sites for people not to be taken in by these slimeballs!