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Issue 83 - June 2008 - Page 3

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Photograph of Tornado Hitting Scout Camp Hoax
  2. Making Popcorn With Cell Phones
  3. Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email
  4. Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms
  5. Horror in Singapore - Raffles Place Ghost Video
  6. Parrot Flower Photographs
  7. Airliner Ditching In Surf Video
  8. Live Ants In The Brain Hoax
  9. Yahoo International Lottery Programme Scam
  10. Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs
  11. Compressed Air Cars
  12. Exploding Windmill Video
  13. Molly - Pony With A Prosthetic Leg
  14. Striped Iceberg Photographs
  15. Oil Rig Tornado Photo Hoax
  16. Forward To View Funny Clip Email Hoax
  17. Charlton Heston Gun Collection Photographs

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Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email

Summary:
Email claims that the recipient must supply account details within one week or his or her Yahoo account will be closed (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, June 2008)
Subject: WARNING!!! VERIFY YOUR YAHOOMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

Dear Account User,

You are advise to verify your account details below to enable us upgrade your account. E.G Your YahooMail ID, Password, Date Of Birth etc.

In failure of doing this, you will Automatically lose your YahooMail Account.

Thanks for using YahooMail

Account Alert

VERIFY YOUR YAHOOMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID IT BEING CLOSE!!!


Dear Account User,
This message is from YahooMail message center to all YahooMail account owners and premium account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused YahooMail account to create more space for new accounts.

To prevent your account from closing, you will have to verify it below before One (1) week from now!

VERIFY YOUR YAHOOMAIL ACCOUNT NOW TO AVOID CLOSE!!!

YahooMail ID:.........................

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

Your Birthday:.......................

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

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account before One (1) week of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

Sincerely,
YahooMail Team




Commentary:
According to this unsolicited email, the recipient's Yahoo account will be closed permanently unless he or she replies with account details within one week. The email asks for the account holder's username and password and other personal information and claims to be from the "YahooMail message center".

However, the message is not from Yahoo and is designed to steal account information from recipients. Those who follow the instructions in the email will actually be supplying their account details directly to scammers. Once their receive the requested details, the criminals responsible can then access the victim's Yahoo account directly, including email and any personal information stored within the account.

Yahoo would never request account details such as username and passwords via an unsolicited email. Moreover, Yahoo already has methods in place to deal with inactive accounts. It certainly would not send out emails threatening customers with account closures if they do not supply account information within one week. Any unsolicited email claiming to be from Yahoo that requests sensitive information such as usernames and passwords is quite likely to be a phishing scam.

Yahoo has warned customers about phishing scams in an article on its website. If you receive this email or a similar one, do not reply to the email or supply any of the information requested. Do not click on any links in such messages as they may lead to fake web pages that are designed to look like genuine Yahoo login pages. Login details and any other information supplied on these fake web pages can be collected by scammers and used for fraud and identity theft.

Although its intention is more sinister, this email is similar to a long running series of hoaxes that claim that the recipient's Yahoo or Hotmail account will be closed down if the message is not forwarded to others within a specified time frame.

References:
Yahoo Account Deletion Hoax
How can I recognize a phishing email?

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Issue 83 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Photograph of Tornado Hitting Scout Camp Hoax
  2. Making Popcorn With Cell Phones
  3. Yahoo Account Phishing Scam Email
  4. Chinese Hair Bands Made From Used Condoms
  5. Horror in Singapore - Raffles Place Ghost Video
  6. Parrot Flower Photographs
  7. Airliner Ditching In Surf Video
  8. Live Ants In The Brain Hoax
  9. Yahoo International Lottery Programme Scam
  10. Fake Pothole Speed Control Device Photographs
  11. Compressed Air Cars
  12. Exploding Windmill Video
  13. Molly - Pony With A Prosthetic Leg
  14. Striped Iceberg Photographs
  15. Oil Rig Tornado Photo Hoax
  16. Forward To View Funny Clip Email Hoax
  17. Charlton Heston Gun Collection Photographs