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Beware of "We Are Closing All Version of Yahoo Mailbox" Phishing Scam

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Beware of "We Are Closing All Version of Yahoo Mailbox" Phishing Scam

Yahoo users, if you have received email messages claiming that they need to upgrade to a new version of Yahoo Mail and threaten to deactivate 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.

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Sample of the "We Are Closing All Old Version of Yahoo Mailbox" Email Scam

From: Yahoo! <hha2_stu@kent.edu>

Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017, 5:50:14 PM MDT

Subject: New Mail Upgrade

Dear Subscriber ,

We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from May. 10th.

Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

Thank You.

Yahoo support

Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

Yahoo 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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  • Posted: Feb 13 at 4:22 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Lemoore, California, United States

    Here is a phishing attempt a user in our company received today. This was Microsoft Office 365 online email:

    "From: Admin [mailto:andre.harris@psiusa.com]
    Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 5:59 PM
    Subject: 2/12/2018 Update

    Dear (users email address),
    We are closing all old version of Your Mailbox as from February. 28th.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Mail support-----------
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
    Admin

    PSI - www.psiusa.com - Offices Nationwide
    Environmental Consulting * Geotechnical Engineering
    Construction Materials Testing & Engineering * Industrial Hygiene
    NDE * Facilities & Roof Consulting * Specialty Engineering & Testing
    This e-mail and any attachments are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. You are hereby notified that any unauthorized disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this transmitted information is strictly prohibited."

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 5 at 7:01 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Account team <heilmanr@comcast.net>
    Subject: Urgent: Security Alert
    Date: February 5, 2018 at 7:48:01 AM CST

    Hello,

    As you've used your email address in the last 90 days,We're closing some of our older email services. That means your email address will stop working after 06 February, 2018. Unless you add it to Yahoo Broadband account. If you don't do that, you'll lose your email address as well as the contacts and messages associated with it.

    According to provision 1.9 of Terms and Conditions
    Yahoo.com may at any time terminate its services for your account.


    Follow the link below to update and accept our new terms and conditions


    yahoo/linkemail


    Note: This account will be suspended after 06 February, 2018. To the above notification for security reasons.

    Sincerely,


    Yahoo! Mail Team

    Privacy Policy

    This message was sent to your email. If you do not want to receive emails
    from Yahoo Mail about staying in touch with friends and participating in online communities, please unsubscribe.

    Yahoo is located at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089"

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 18, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "Yahoo!(Mail)" <eldonley@email.wcu.edu>
    Date: January 17, 2018 at 4:23:33 PM CST
    Subject: Account Update 01/18/2017
    Reply-To: artabchebtcamericas.com@yandex.com

    Dear
    We are closing all old version of Your Mailbox as from January. 20th.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Webmail support-----------
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 29, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    ------ Original message------
    "From: Terms and condition
    Date: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 9:37 AM
    Subject:pending

    Dear Subscriber,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from dec. 31st.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support-----------
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 16, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "On Friday, December 15, 2017, 06:56, Yahoo! <lornamelegrito@yahoo.com> wrote:

    YAHOO!

    Dear Subscriber,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from December. 31th 2017.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.
    KINDLY OPEN THIS TO UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION
    Thank You.

    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 5, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded message -----
    From: "David Sawyer" <tn.realtors@yahoo.com>
    Sent: Mon, 6 Nov 2017 at 7:13
    Subject: Account Update (c) 2017
    YAHOO Mail
    Dear Yahoo User,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from Nov. 10th.
    Please follow the link below to update your account :

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 5, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Fw: Terms of Service Update
    Sun 05/11/2017 05:58
    From: Catalin Dutulescu

    YAHOO!

    Dear Subscriber ,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from Nov. 6th.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Oct 15, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Santolan, National Capital Region, Philippines

    The email address on my message is ohotel39@yahoo.com.sg.

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 28, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 1:13 PM, Yahoo! <amacwilliams@portvillecsd.org> wrote:

    Dear Subscriber,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from Sept. 29th.
    Tap below to get a more organised mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.

    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 24, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Yahoo! [mailto:czhong03@syr.edu]
    Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 8:08 AM
    Subject: E-mail Update

    Dear Subscriber ,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from July.23rd.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 20, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "YAHOO!

    Dear Subscriber ,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from July. 5th.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 20, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "YAHOO!

    Dear Subscriber,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from April. 2nd
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 6, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    "From: Webmail Service <mthompson@collin.edu>
    Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:31 PM
    Subject: 07-06-2017 ( Verification )

    Dear Subscriber,

    We are closing all old version of Yahoo Mailbox as from July. 10th.
    Tap below to get a more organized mailbox to avoid being deactivated.

    UPGRADE NOW TO THE NEWEST VERSION

    Thank You.
    Yahoo support
    Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

    Yahoo Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 5, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Subject: Important information about your account
    Date: On Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:41 AM
    From: Yahoo ! <ggould@clsphila.org> wrote:

    Dear User,

    As you've used your email address in the last 90 days, we need to let you know about some changes we're making. We're closing some of our older email account and services. That means your email address will stop working after 16 July 2017, unless you validate your account. If you don't do that, you'll lose your email address as well as the contacts and messages associated with it.

    If you want to keep your email, it's quick, easy and free. Just validate your email now by following the steps at yahoo/linkemail

    Thanks,
    Yahoo!"

    delete


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