Yahoo users, be aware of "Y-Mail Account Has Been Set To Close And Deactivate" email messages like the one below, which claim that a request to terminate your accounts is being processed. The email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals to steal Yahoo usernames and passwords, by tricking Yahoo users into visiting a phishing website that steals email account credentials.
The "Y-Mail Account Has Been Set To Close And Deactivate" Phishing Scam
From: "Mail Secure" <33854729.C16BF0A5802EBB981D6C10vpildrpthvgbwjia@mmwhttpszajufxri.com>
Date: December 30, 2017 at 9:46:26 PM EST
Subject: Account Closing
YOU Y-MAIL ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET TO CLOSE AND DEACTIVATE
IF THIS WAS DONE IN ERROR PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO CANCEL
TO ENABLE LINKS CLICK NOT SPAM OR CLICK SHOW IMAGES
The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake or phishing Yahoo website, which will attempt to trick the potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If Yahoo users attempt to sign into the phishing website with their Yahoo usernames and passwords, it will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack their accounts. The hijacked Yahoo accounts will then be used by cybercriminals fraudulently.
Remember, if you receive email messages like these, please go directly to your email account instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is something wrong with your account, it will be shown to you after signing in. And, if you were tricked by one of these phishing scams, please change your password immediately before your Yahoo account is hijacked.
This scam is similar to the following: