The "Yahoo Groups Email Termination In Process" Phishing Scam
Subject: Warning! Email Termination In Process
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:18:15 +0100
From: 'Mail Security' firstname.lastname@example.org [ebook-community] <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mail Security <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Urgent Server Warning!
We received an instruction few hours ago to terminate your email account (email@example.com) from our server.
You need to confirm you made this request or we will continue with the request.
But if you think it is an error, take action immediately to stop this process, else your email will be closed shortly.
Click here to Stop (firstname.lastname@example.org) shutdown
If you are sure you gave this instruction for your account termination, please ignore this warning and your request will be processed shortly!
Email Security Team
If the links in the phishing email messages are clicked by the recipients, they will be taken to a phishing website and ask to sign-in. If they attempt to do so, their email 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, online users who have received email messages with a link to update their information or make changes to their accounts should always go directly to their email account provider's website and sign into their accounts instead of clicking on the link. Once online users have signed into their accounts, they will be noticed of changes or updates, if there are any. Going directly to their email provider's website and signing in from there is the only guaranteed way of preventing online users from becoming victims of phishing scams.
Online 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 cyber criminals they need to contact their email providers for help.