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Beware of "Your Mail Box has Exceeded its Limit and Will be Shut down" Yahoo Phishing Scam

2017-05-25T02:52:37 -  +
Beware of "Your Mail Box has Exceeded its Limit and Will be Shut down" Yahoo Phishing Scam

Yahoo users who have received email messages claiming their email accounts have exceeded their limits and will be shutdown should not click on the link within them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cyber criminals to their potential victims in an attempt to trick them into visiting a phishing website that steals email account usernames and passwords.

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A Sample of the "Your Mail Box has Exceeded its Limit and Will be Shut down" Yahoo Phishing Scam

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:25 AM

From: Yahoo! <em@onmicrosoft.com

Dear user

Your mail box has exceeded its limit and will be shut down, more so, your incoming mails were placed on pending status. To receive these messages and avoid account shut down. Please Click and update your account security information to enable active account .

Kind regards,

Yahoo Security Team

If the link in the phishing email message is clicked by the recipients, they will be taken to a phishing website and ask to sign-in. If they attempt to do so, their Yahoo account credentials (usernames and passwords) will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once the cybercriminals have gotten the stolen credentials, they will gain access to the accounts, hijack them, and use them fraudulently.

Therefore, Yahoo users who have received email messages with a link to update their information or make changes to their accounts should always go directly to mail.yahoo.com and sign into their accounts instead of clicking on the link. Once Yahoo users have signed into their accounts, they will be noticed of changes or updates, if there are any. Going directly to mail.yahoo.com and signing in from there is only guaranteed way of preventing Yahoo users from becoming victims of phishing scams.

Yahoo users who have already been tricked by the phishing scam are asked change their passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently. If their accounts have already been hijacked by cybercriminals, they can click here for instructions to regain access to their accounts.

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  • Posted: Nov 6, 2017 at 10:35 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    "From: "Yahoo"
    Sent: Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 5:35 AM
    Subject: Mailbox Service Will Be Blocked (FINAL WARNING)
    Account Information

    Dear Account User,

    Your email account will soon exceed its limit. Yahoo! Recommend you Upgrade and Verify your account to prevent your email from being de-activated within 24hrs . Please open the attachment for your account upgrade and verification.

    This is to improve our service quality. We are sorry for inconveniences
    Property: Account Security

    Yahoo! Member services
    Yahoo!Copyright © 201 6 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved"