Fake Yahoo Mail Upgrade Notification Emails Being Sent by Cybercriminals

Fake Yahoo Mail Upgrade Notification Emails Being Sent by Cybercriminals

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Yahoo users, if you have received fake Yahoo Upgrade notification email like the one below, which claim you need to upgrade your Yahoo and threaten to close or deactivate your account if you do not, please delete the same emails and do not follow the instructions in them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals to trick Yahoo users into clicking on the link in them, which goes to phishing websites that steal Yahoo usernames and passwords.

A Fake Yahoo Mail Upgrade Email Being Sent by Cybercriminals

From: "Center Message" <wei.chen704@hotmail.com>

Sent: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 at 13:19

Subject: Upgrade Notification.

Yahoo mail

We are asking all users to upgrade to our newer version service, due to fixing some errors and security info malfunctioning.Starting from 03/13/2019 you will no longer have access to sign-in into your account if no action is taken.


To confirm if your account is already upgraded before please, click here . And fill

Nοte: We the Administrator will be notify if you ignore this new version upgrade , and we will be forced to de-activate your account.

All Rights Reserved

© YAHOO! INC. 2019

Yahoo users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts; they should instead, go directly to mail.yahoo.com or yahoo.com and sign-in from there. Once they are signed in, they will be alerted to updates, changes or other important notifications. Going directly to Yahoo’s website to sign into their accounts, will protect Yahoo users from phishing links that go to fake websites that steal usernames and passwords. Phishing websites steal their visitors’ usernames and passwords by asking them to sign into their accounts on the same fake website. Once visitors to the websites attempt to sign-in, their usernames and passwords (credentials) will be sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the phishing websites. As soon as the cybercriminals receive their potential victims’ usernames and passwords, they will sign into their accounts, hijack and use them fraudulently.

Yahoo users who have been tricked by the fake upgrade email, are asked to change their Yahoo passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently.

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

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  • February 25, 2020 at 12:07 PM by info

    "From: Yahoo Member Support <customerservice@gryffoncourier.com>

    Date: February 25, 2020 at 11:56:19 AM CST

    To: undisclosed-recipients:;

    Subject: Action Required: Upgrade your Yahoo Account

    Dear Yahoo User,

    This is regarding your Email Account Storage, ensuring the safety and

    security of your data is important to us, and we know how critical your

    email is to you.

    Our systems identified you have used 85% out of the total space


    to your email soon you will not be able to send or receive emails.

    You will need more space if you want to continue receiving and replying


    At Yahoo!, we strive to give you the best email experience possible.

    You can get more storage space simply by clicking upgrade and accept

    NOTE: This link will expire in 24 hours, so be sure to use it right away

    Kind regards


    Yahoo! Mail Storage Team."

    Here is another scam.


  • November 3, 2019 at 8:23 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AT&T Yahoo Mail <thogladav@sbcglobal.net>

    Date: November 3, 2019 at 5:54:28 AM CST

    Subject: Mailbox authorization

    Reply-To: AT&T Yahoo Mail <thogladav@sbcglobal.net>


    AT&T Yahoo

    AT&T Mailbox Latest Update!

    Hello Value Customer,

    We urgently bring this to your notice that Your AT&T Yahoo Mailbox version is currently out of date due to recent upgrade to our service.

    Failure to Upgrade to the newest AT&T Yahoo! Mail now will result to a permanent account closure According to

    provision 17.9 of Terms and Conditions, Yahoo may at anytime terminate its services for accounts.


    To re-validate your mailbox .

    Important: Failure to comply with 48hrs might lead to permanent shut-down.

    Thank you!

    © 2019 AT&T Customer Service."


  • October 16, 2019 at 7:10 AM by an anonymous user from Dublin, Ireland

    Here is a other fake email:

    "Prior to Yahoo! Agreement

    Dear Valued User,

    Starting on Oct 17, 2019, Yahoo! customers who have not updated their email account will no longer be able to log in to their Yahoo and through email addresses.

    Customers will have to Verify their email address to confirm. You have 48 hours to Verify else you will Loose you Mailbox

    Kindly fill attached for verification of your account! We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

    Thank you,

    Yahoo! online service"


  • October 6, 2019 at 2:19 PM by an anonymous user from Los Angeles, California, United States

    Received this scam:

    "Warning: UPDATE NOW

    And link to Verify account

    Also a Help-Desk link"


  • September 27, 2019 at 7:50 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AT&T Mail <whiteheadarthur@att.net>

    Date: September 26, 2019 at 2:15:20 PM PDT

    Subject: 9/26/2019

    Reply-To: AT&T Mail <whiteheadarthur@att.net>

    Dear User,

    We are closing all old versions of your AT&T/Yahoo! Mailbox as from September, 29th.

    Avoid being deactivated.Tap below;


    Thank you for choosing AT&T/Yahoo!"


  • September 19, 2019 at 8:20 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Yahoo!Mail Security® <tagaste_rh@yahoo.com>

    To: noreply@yahoo.com <noreply@yahoo.com>

    Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 07:24:23 AM GMT-3

    Subject: 🔓🚩✉: FINAL WARNING: Don't Get Locked Out!

    Dear Valued Customer,


    The security of your Email is important to us. In light of reported security issues or suspicious activity on this Email, please confirm the ownership of your Email to prevent shutdown of this account.

    Kindly follow the verify button below to secure your account according to our terms of services and privacy poIicy.

    Verify and Secure Email!"


  • June 26, 2019 at 8:27 AM by info

    "Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 03:06:03 PM EDT

    From: Y@hoo Mail <tluu4707@att.net>

    AT&T Yahoo

    Dear -Yahoo Mail User,

    Your -Yahoo Mail version is outdated, Failure to Upgrade to the newest Yahoo Mail Basic Version.

    Will result to a permanent account closure.

    To upgrade click the link below and accept our new terms and conditions.

    Click here to Upgrade to -Yahoo Mail Basic Version

    Thanks for choosing -Yahoo Mail.

    Powered by Microsoft Excel"

    Here is another scam.


  • June 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM by info

    "From: Yahoo Mail Administrator <yolawore@yahoo.com>

    To: Yahoo! Inc. <yahoo@communications.yahoo.com>

    Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 11:11:12 AM CDT

    Subject: Action required: Mailbox Service Upgrade.


    Email Upgrade Notification.


    With courtesy to you. We noticed that you have been ignoring our messages to upgrade your email. We are about to stop incoming emails to your email if you don't upgrade to our latest version within 48 hours from receiving this message.

    You need to upgrade your email address immediately. Please re-login from Upgrade here and your email will be upgraded automatically.

    Do not discard, this notice is not an invoice, it's courtesy reminder to upgrade.

    We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    Yahoo Team 2019."

    Here is another scam.


  • June 10, 2019 at 12:23 PM by info

    "From: Mail Support <ericaguirre127@hotmail.com>

    Sent: Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:53:00 PM GMT 2

    Subject: New Security Information About Your Account.

    Upgrade to the latest Yahoo Mail to prevent pending emails and get faster email delivery with notifications.


    Just one tap away.

    Tap to upgrade

    Do not ignore this message if not your Yahoo Mail suspended. You’re just a tap away from the upgraded Yahoo Mail app that has faster performance, improved search, personalised news, and weather updates."

    Received the above scam.


  • April 30, 2019 at 11:43 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AT&T Yahoo mail <geberry2@bellsouth.net>

    Subject: Upgrade Yahoo Mail.


    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:31 AM

    Dear User, The Classic version of your mail will be replaced by our new version on 30th April 2019. So it's time to upgrade, before you lose your email access.

    CLICK HEREProtecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen the threats targeting our Financial


    2019 AT&T Intellectual Property. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | HelpAT&T and the AT&T logo are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property. Powered by Microsoft Excel"


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