The "Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification" Phishing Scam

The Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification Phishing Scam

Yahoo users, be aware of "Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification" email messages like the one below, which claim that you need to verify your Yahoo account because it is almost full. The fake 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 "Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification" Phishing Scam

From: Yahoo Mail

Subject: Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification [Do Not Ignore]

Date: September 11, 2018 at 12:06:19 AM PDT

Reply-To: Yahoo Mail


Yahoo! account

Account Notification

Your mailbox is almost full.



Current size

Maximum size

Your account has exceeded its megabyte limit and needs to be verified.

Verify within 48hours, to avoid account suspension

Click here to verify you email account

Replies sent to this email cannot be answered.

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.

For victims whose accounts have already been hijacked, click here for help.

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  • June 7, 2020 at 12:09 AM by info

    "From: Yahoo!Mail Security® <>

    Date: June 6, 2020 at 1:15:44 PM PDT

    To: "" <>




    Dear Subscriber

    We noticed an attempt to shut down your Yahoo account. We are attending to this request and soon we will close down your account in 48 hours. If this wasn't you and you think you are receiving this message by mistake, please click here to sign in back again in order to keep your account active, otherwise your mailbox will be shut down in 48 hours from now. And your two incoming mails was placed on pending.

    Yes, l wouId Iike to CIose my account"

    Here is another scam.

  • March 13, 2020 at 1:11 PM by info

    "From: "Yahoo Mail" <>

    Sent: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 12:41

    Subject: Yahoo Account Shutdown! (FINAL WARNING)


    Dear valued user,

    Your request to terminate your Yahoo account has been received. to avoid permanent deactivation of your account as our record indicates your account is yet to be verified.

    Take a minute to Cancel Deactivation

    your account for faster, safer and full featured YAHOO! experience.

    Note: Your email address information will be deleted from our data if action is not taken.

    Technical Team

    c 2020!, Inc. All rights reserved."

    Another scam.

  • January 31, 2020 at 8:19 AM by info

    "From: "Yahoo Account update" <>

    To: "" <>

    Sent: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 at 13:04

    Subject: Administration


    Our record indicates that you recently made a request to shutdown your Yahoo account and this request will be processed shortly.

    If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are required to cancel the request now by clicking on the link below,

    Cancel Request Here

    However, if you do not cancel this request your account will be shut-down within the next 24 hrs and all your email data will be lost permanently.


    Yahoo Support Team.

    ©2001 - 2020 Administrator. All Rights Reserved."

    Here is another scam.

  • August 1, 2019 at 9:56 AM by info

    "From: yahoo. com <>

    Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 08:39:14 AM MDT

    Subject: Act of Securities Rules

    Dear User,

    Your e-mail account has been blocked due to suspicious activities.

    You will not be able to use your e-mail account until proper action is taken.

    To avoid shutdown, you have to follow the link below:

    Click here to Proceed

    Failure to comply will lead to final shut down of e-mail account.

    Thank You. 2019 Yahoo Support. All rights reserved."

    Here is another scam.

    • September 29, 2020 at 8:04 PM by SmthPJ67 from: Lexington, North Carolina, United States

      This was the type I received on my google account. My android locked the phone locked as if lost. So did my apple just getting back in. There are a lot of Scarmmers now. Stay safe use at least 2 pass codes

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The "Yahoo Account Shutdown Notification" Phishing Scam