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Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email

Outline
Email purporting to be from Skype notifies users that their Skype password has been successfully changed and advises them to follow a link to restore the password if "anything doesn't look right".



Analysis
The message is a phishing scam designed to trick Skype users into submitting their account login details to Internet criminals. Links in the message lead to a bogus website that asks users to submit their Skype login information. Some versions of the scam emails may lead to sites that harbour malware. The malicious emails arrive complete with Skype logos and formatting to give them an appearance of legitimacy. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or open any attachments that it may contain. Skype will never ask users to submit their password details via an unsolicited email. Always login to Skype directly via the Skype website or via the Skype software rather than by clicking a link in a message.

Skype is regularly targeted in such criminal attacks. Skype has published information about security issues on its website.

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Last updated: October 4, 2012
First published: October 4, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Password successfully changed.


Hi there,


Password successfully changed
Your new Skype password has been set.

You can now access your Account, view your call history or change your account settings.
If the changes described above are accurate, no further action is needed. If anything doesn't look right, follow the link below to make changes: Restore password

Talk soon,
The people at Skype
Lost Password · Account Settings · Help · Terms of Use · Privacy

Getting help for Skype
While you cannot reply to this email, you can contact us through our help section for assistance.
You can also visit our forums.

Protect Your Password
Skype staff will NEVER ask you for your password via email. The only places you are asked for your password are when you sign in to Skype or on our website if you want to buy something or check your account. You will always sign in via a secure connection, and we ask you to ensure that the address in your browser begins exactly like this https://secure.skype.com It should also show a little padlock symbol to indicate the secure connection.

Be alert to emails that request account information or urgent action. Be cautious of websites with irregular addresses or those that offer unofficial Skype downloads. Security updates and product upgrades are made available at www.skype.com or using the client's upgrade function.

Skype Passworrd Changed Scam Email


References
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information
Skype TopUp Payment PayPal Phishing Scam
Skype Security

Last updated: October 4, 2012
First published: October 4, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer