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
From: The Yahoo Accounts <email@example.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.