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Beware of "You have 8 Contact Email Messages Held Pending" Phishing Scam

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Beware of "You have 8 Contact Email Messages Held Pending" Phishing Scam

The email message below is another phishing scam that is being used by cybercriminals to trick online users into clicking on a link within it, which goes to a phishing website that will ask them to sign into their email accounts. But, any attempts to sign-in will result in the online users sending their email account's credentials to the cybercriminals. Once the cybercriminal have gotten the account credentials, they will gain access to the accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

Please continue below.

The Phishing Email Message

From: Mail Delivery System <office@redevisualnet.com.br>

Sent: Fri, Apr 7, 2017 4:56 am

Subject: You have 8 contact email messages held pending.

Dear,

This is an autmomated email sent from our SSL severs to inform you that there is an error in your email POP3/SMTP configuration.

This error was identified on: 3/04/2016 and we have not been able to deliver 8 contact email messages to your mailbox.

To retrieve your emails and reconfigure Port 486, Click Here

Warning: Failure to do this will lead to loss of important mails and data.

This message has been sent to:.

Please delete and Ignore if this is not your email address

Regards,

Webmail setup team.

Online users who have already being tricked by the phishing scam are asked to change their email accounts' password immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

Now, in order not to become a victim of phishing scams, online users should never click on a link to sign into their email accounts, they should go directly to their email account provider's website and sign-in from there instead. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified after signing in.

Example:

If I have a Hotmail account, I would go directly to www.hotmail.com and sign-in from there, instead of clicking on a link in some fake email message.

Please share with us what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Also, check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any.

Remember to forward malicious or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

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