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Beware of "AOL Mailbox Upgrade" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "AOL Mailbox Upgrade" Phishing Scams

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The fake email message below which claims the recipients' AOL mailboxes need to be upgraded to avoid being locked out, is a phishing scam created to steal AOL usernames and passwords. The fake email message is being sent by cyber-criminals, whose intentions are to gain access to the potential victims' email accounts and use them for malicious or fraudulent purposes.

The "AOL Mailbox Upgrade" Phishing Scam

From: "Admin" <admin@admin.com>

Date: January 11, 2018 at 10:51:59 PM CST

To: admin@admin.com

Subject: New Message From AOL.

We recently upgraded our database system, So we kindly advice you to upgrade your mailbox today by Clicking here and sign-in to avoid being locked out of your account.

Thank you for understanding.

America Online Team

The link in the email message goes to a fake AOL website that tricks potential victims into entering their usernames and passwords on it. If the potential victims enter their AOL usernames and passwords on the fake website, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the email scam, who will use the information to hijack the victims' accounts.

Therefore, AOL users who have received email messages like the one above, should go directly to their email accounts instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If there is anything wrong with their accounts, it will be shown to them after signing into.

Now, AOL users who were tricked by phishing scams should change their passwords immediately.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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Beware of "AOL Mailbox Upgrade" Phishing Scams