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Beware of "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 11.5" Email Scam

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Beware of "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 11.5" Email Scam

Yahoo users, if you have received email messages claiming that you need to upgrade to Yahoo Mail 11.5 and threaten to close your accounts permanently 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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A Sample of the "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 11.5" Email Scam

From: Email <s.regan@northeastern.edu>

Date: Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 6:34 AM

Subject: Urgent


Your Mail version is outdated,

Failure to Upgrade to the newest Yahoo Mail 11.5 now will result to a permanent account closure.

To upgrade follow the link below and accept our new terms and conditions.Please VERIFY NOW.


Yahoo! Mail Team

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

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 "Update to Yahoo Mail 11.5" or "Upgrade to Yahoo Mail 11.5" email scam, are asked to change their Yahoo passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

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  • Posted: Jul 11, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: Yahoo Mail <kayjay2222@comcast.net>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 3:45:06 PM CDT
    Subject: Your account is outdated

    Dear User,

    Your Mail version is outdated, failure to update to the newest
    Yahoo Mail 11.1.23 will result to a permanent account closure.

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

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


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

    Yahoo! Mail"


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