AOL "Incoming Mails On Hold" or "You have Reached the Storage Limit of Your Mailbox" Phishing Scams
AOL users, if you have received email messages like the one below, claiming that your AOL email accounts have reached their storage limit which caused your incoming mails to be put on hold, please delete them. Also, AOL users should not follow the instructions in the same email messages, which ask them to click on a link to update or verify their accounts in order to start receiving emails. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminal to steal their potential victims’ email account credentials by taking to them to phishing websites. And, once cybercriminals have stolen their victims’ email account credentials, they will gain access to their accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.
A Sample of the AOL "Incoming Mails On Hold" Phishing Scam
From: Mail Service email@example.com
Sent: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 7:47 am
Subject: Incoming Mails On Hold.
You have reached the storage limit of your mailbox, which means that incoming emails are still pending.
Kindly update your Mailbox in order to be able to receive new mails.
We apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.
AOL Mail Team
Online users who have already been tricked by the phishing emails, are asked to change their passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked or used fraudulently, and check their accounts for any discrepancy.
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