"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams

Yahoo users, be aware of email messages like the one below, which claim that a request to terminate your accounts is being processed. The email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals to steal Yahoo usernames and passwords, by tricking Yahoo users into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials.

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Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation Phishing Scams

The "Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scam

From: Yahoo <FropTyic-ML@oneta..tediousblast.com>

Date: October 30, 2017 at 11:41:15 CDT

Subject: Your .account will be deactivated

Hello,

This is to inform you that your request on: 10/29/2017 2:17:12 p.m. to remove your account from Yahoo server has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message.

Regards.

ignore this message to continue with email removal or If this deactivation was not requested by you

Please reply us.

Regards,

Yahoo

The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake or phishing Yahoo website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If Yahoo users attempt to sign into the phishing website with their Yahoo usernames and passwords, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts. The hijacked Yahoo accounts will then be used by cybercriminals fraudulently.

Remember, if you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is something wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. And, if you were tricked by one of these phishing scams, please change your password immediately before your Yahoo account is hijacked.

For victims whose accounts have already been hijacked, click here for help.

This scam is similar to the following:

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October 18, 2021 at 7:13 AM by
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an anonymous user from: South East Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India

"Dear YAHOO User,

You have requested to Deactivate your Email Account on the 19th of October, 2021. If you believe this is a Mistake or an Error from your Server,

Kindly Click Here to Cancel Termination to keep your email active otherwise your email will be Deactivated.

Service Mail Support

My-YAHOO Team"

Received this scam.

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May 26, 2021 at 4:30 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
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Another scam:

"From: "Yahoo Action" <teddycruz87@yahoo.com>

Sent: Tue, May 25, 2021 at 9:04 AM

Subject: ✅ Termination (FINAL WARNING)

Y A H O O

Dear Valued Customer,

We received a request to terminate your account. Your request is being processed and all associated data will be removed from our server shortly.

If this wasn't you, Open The Attach below to cancel the request and continue account usage.

If you made this request, you're all set and no further action is required from you.

Yahoo!

Regards,.

Yahoo! Member Services

Note: Your email address information is out-of-date.

Technical Team

Privacy Policy

This notice was sent to you because you subscribed If you do not want to receive emails from Yahoo Mail

about upgrades on network verification and participating in online communities, please unsubscribe.

Yahoo is located at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.

RefID: ma-17822000001001"

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September 10, 2020 at 10:25 AM by
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"From: Yahoo <rathbun.timothy@yahoo.com>

Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 02:56:43 AM GMT 2

Subject: 🚩Reminder: You Are Violating Our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

Dear valued user,

It's mandatory that you Update your account to avoid permanent deactivation of your account as our record indicates your account is not updated.

"Starting from 9th September 2020, YAHOO! may at any time terminate its services to accounts for failure to perform required Security Update prior to our policy oath and terms"

Take a minute to update your account for faster, safer and full featured YAHOO! experience.

CLICK ON THE ATTACHED TO UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT.

Thanks,

Yahoo! Mail Team."

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June 30, 2020 at 8:39 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Littleton, Colorado, United States

I don't know if this is real: it was from

michaelamicu@ymail.com:

"Dear User,

The Classic version of your Mail will be replaced by our new version on 30, June 2020. So it's time to upgrade, before you lose your email access.

CLICK HERE

Protecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen the threats targeting our Financial Institution.

Thanks for choosing

Yahoo Mail."

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June 30, 2020 at 8:43 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
info

It is a phishing scam.

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July 4, 2020 at 12:28 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Littleton, Colorado, United States

Thank you. I suspected as much and my account has not been changed.

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May 24, 2020 at 10:54 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Imus, Calabarzon, Philippines

How can I deactivate my yahoo account if I cannot recover my alternative email account?

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May 5, 2020 at 3:26 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: New York, United States

"Dear - Yahoo Mail User,

You have requested to Deactivate your Email Account on the 5, of May, 2020. If you believe this is a Mistake or an Error from your Server,

Kindly Click Here to Cancel Termination to keep your email active otherwise your email will be Deactivated.

Thanks for choosing -Yahoo Mail.

Web-mail system administrator!"

I received this scam.

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March 23, 2020 at 10:48 PM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
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"From: Yahoo Mail <ramank_1@yahoo.com>

Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 05:36:51 AM GMT 2

Subject: Important Update Terms of Service & Privacy Policy To Avoid The Suspension.

YAHOO

Dear user,

Your Yahoo account has been marked for immediate shutdown due to non-

verification.

Please follow the attachment below to verify and prevent loss of account.

This warning will expire in 48 hours!

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Sincerely

Yahoo! Mail Team

Copyright ©2020 Yahoo! Administrator all rights reserved."

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January 31, 2020 at 8:19 AM by
"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams
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"From: "Yahoo Account update" <roefieldstables@hotmail.com>

To: "noreply@yahoo.com" <noreply@yahoo.com>

Sent: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 at 13:04

Subject: Administration

Account

Our record indicates that you recently made a request to shutdown your Yahoo account and this request will be processed shortly.

If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are required to cancel the request now by clicking on the link below,

Cancel Request Here

However, if you do not cancel this request your account will be shut-down within the next 24 hrs and all your email data will be lost permanently.

Sincerely,

Yahoo Support Team.

©2001 - 2020 Administrator. All Rights Reserved."

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Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
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  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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"Yahoo Alert Account Termination or Deactivation" Phishing Scams