The "Yahoo Account Deactivation Request" Phishing Scam

Yahoo users should be aware of "Account Deactivation Request" email messages like the one below, which claim that their accounts will be deactivated, suspended or terminated. The email messages are phishing scam 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 Yahoo Account Deactivation Request Phishing Scam

The "Yahoo Account Deactivation Request" Phishing Scam

From: The Yahoo Accounts <domain.manager@wavewalrus.com>

Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:36:07 PM MST

Subject: Account Deactivation Request

The request was received from your yahoo account on November 12, 2018 23:15 GMT.

Sometimes these requests are made in error. If this deactivation was not requested by you, we ask that you submit your password in reply to this email.

Once the current password on the account is verified the deactivation request will be canceled and your account will remain active.

Be advised, once an account is deactivated it cannot be recovered.

Thank You, The yahoo Team

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 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 at https://mail.yahoo.com, instead of clicking on the links in the email messages. If some needs to be done to 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 and used fraudulently.

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  • June 21, 2020 at 9:55 PM by info

    "From: Mail Administrator <techhelpusaa00027@gmail.com>

    To: "tropicalkathie@yahoo.com" <tropicalkathie@yahoo.com>

    Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2020, 09:46:35 AM PDT

    Subject: Account Deactivation Request

    Yahoo! SERVICEANNOUNCEMENT

    Dear Valued Customer,

    We received a request to terminate your Yahoo Mail account and theprocess has started by our Mail Team, Please give us 24 working hours to closeyour Account. To cancel the termination,

    Please call 1-877-353-6383 (tollfree) and follow the instructions.

    Note : All files on your Yahoo mail account including(Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft) will be deleted and access toyour Yahoo mail account will be denied.

    Thank you for using Yahoo Mail Services.

    YAHOO©2020"

    Here is another scam.

  • August 14, 2019 at 2:42 PM by info

    "From: Account Deactivation <techhelp0070@gmail.com>

    Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 03:39:24 PM PDT

    Subject: Account Deactivation Request

    Yahoo! SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    Dear Valued Customer,

    We received a request to terminate your Yahoo Mail account and the process has started by our Mail Team, Please give us 24 working hours to close your Account. To cancel the termination,

    Please call 1-888-819-1216 (toll free) and follow the instructions.

    Note : All files on your Yahoo mail account including (Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft) will be deleted and access to your Yahoo mail account will be denied.

    Thank you for using Yahoo Mail Services.

    YAHOO©2019"

    Here is another scam.

  • April 22, 2019 at 6:51 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    - Forwarded Message -

    From: The Yahoo Accounts <marketing@mail.msnbc.com>

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2019, 6:31:42 PM EDT

    Subject: Urgent: Account Deactivation Request

    The request was received from your yahoo account 04/20/2019 2019 23:15 GMT.

    Sometimes these requests are made in error. If this deactivation was not requested by you, we ask that you submit your password in reply to this email.

    Once the current password on the account is verified the deactivation request will be canceled and your account will remain active.

    Be advised, once an account is deactivated it cannot be recovered.

    Thank You, The yahoo Team

  • November 26, 2018 at 12:37 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Account Deactivation Request

    On Monday, November 26, 2018, 8:07 AM, The Yahoo Accounts <fbl@colorstove.org> wrote:

    The request was received from your yahoo account on November 25, 2018 23:15 GMT.

    Sometimes these requests are made in error. If this deactivation was not requested by you, we ask that you submit your password in reply to this email.

    Once the current password on the account is verified the deactivation request will be canceled and your account will remain active.

    Be advised, once an account is deactivated it cannot be recovered.

    Thank You, The yahoo Team"

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