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"Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 9.1" Phishing Email Scam

Yahoo users, if you have received email messages claiming that you need to upgrade to Yahoo Mail 9.1 and threaten to terminate your accounts if you do not, please delete the same email messages, and do not follow the instructions in them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cyber criminals to trick Yahoo users into clicking on the link in them, which goes to phishing websites that steal Yahoo usernames and passwords.

Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 9.1 Phishing Email Scam
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A Sample of the "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 9.1" Email Scam

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM, YAHOO ACCOUNT
<rgspring@comcast.net> wrote:

Dear Customer,

Your Mail version is outdated, failure to Upgrade to the newest Yahoo Mail 9.1 now will result in a permanent account closure.

According to provision 17.9 of Terms and Conditions, Yahoo may at any time terminate its services for accounts!

Click here to upgrade and accept our new terms and conditions.

Thanks for taking these additional steps to keep your account safe.

Yahoo! Mail Team

Yahoo users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts; they should instead, go directly to mail.yahoo.com or yahoo.com and sign-in from there. Once they are signed in, they will be alerted to updates, changes or other important notifications. Going directly to Yahoo’s website to sign into their accounts, will protect Yahoo users from phishing links that go to fake websites that steal usernames and passwords. Phishing websites steal their visitors’ usernames and passwords by asking them to sign into their accounts on the same fake website. Once visitors to the websites attempt to sign-in, their usernames and passwords (credentials) will be sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the phishing websites. As soon as the cyber criminals receive their potential victims’ usernames and passwords, they will sign into their accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

Yahoo users who have been tricked by the "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 9.1" email scam, are asked to change their Yahoo passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

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  • April 16, 2019 at 2:32 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - Forwarded Message -

    From: Yahoo Account <perowny@telus.net>

    Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019, 8:05:54 AM PDT

    Subject: Email Account De-activation Confirmation

    Dear Customer,

    Your Mail version is outdated, failure to Upgrade to the newest Yahoo Mail 9.1 now will result in a permanent account closure.

    According to provision 17.9 of Terms and Conditions, Yahoo may at any time terminate its services for accounts!

    Click here to upgrade and accept our new terms and conditions.

    Thanks for taking these additional steps to keep your account safe.

    Yahoo! Mail Team

  • July 26, 2017 at 12:53 PM by an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

    Sadly, I answered the 'threat to close my account if I didn't upgrade to 7.1...What precautions do I take now? They're threatening to cancel my account!

    What do I do? and, is my account/computer in danger.

    • July 26, 2017 at 1:18 PM by info

      Change your Yahoo account password before your account is hijacked.

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