Cybercriminals are taken advantage of the "Yahoo+Aol Groups Data Request," by sending out fake emails like the one below to Yahoo users. The fake emails are phishing scams created to steal AOL usernames and passwords, which the cybercriminals will use to gain access to their potential victims' email accounts and use them for malicious or fraudulent purposes.
A "Yahoo+Aol Groups Data Request" Phishing Scam
From: AOL Mail Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12 January 2020 at 23:11:44 GMT
Subject: New deadline for Yahoo+AOL Groups data request
Hi Yahoo+AOL Member,
In recent weeks, we communicated the latest changes to Yahoo+AOL Groups and explained how to request a download of any content you’ve previously posted to the platform. Some Groups users asked us for more time, and in response to these requests, we have decided to extend the deadline. Groups users now have until Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST to submit a request for their data.
We have now taken down all user content from the Yahoo+AOL Groups website. However, we will continue to accept users’ requests for their data until January 31, 2020, and will ensure these have been fulfilled prior to deleting the data.
For additional support, users can visit Yahoo+AOLGroupsEscalations and our team will troubleshoot any issues.
The Yahoo+AOL Groups team
The link in the email message goes to a fake AOL website in an attempt to trick the 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.
Yahoo users who want to learn how to request their data or just need more information may click here for more information.