The email message below with the subject: "Your AOL Mailbox will be Closed," which claims that some information on the recipients' mailboxes appear to be missing or incorrect, is a phishing scam created to steal AOL user names and passwords. The email message was not sent by AOL, but by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to gain access to the potential victims' email accounts and use them for malicious or fraudulent purposes.
The "Your AOL Mailbox will be Closed" Phishing Scam
From: Team Service firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: December 13, 2016 6:56:25 AM PST
Subject: Aol Mail
Your AOL Mailbox will be Closed !
Some information on your mailbox appears to be missing or incorrect.
Please update your information promptly so that you can continue to enjoy.
all the benefits.
If you don't update your information within 72 hours, we will limit it.
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The link in the email message goes to a fake AOL website in an attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their AOL usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.
Therefore, AOL users who have received email messages like the one above, should go directly to their email accounts instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with their accounts, it will be shown to them after signing in.
Now, AOL users who were tricked by phishing scams should change their passwords immediately.