A new Yahoo scam email is going around again. It’s actually a recycled scam email but with a little variation. Instead of asking for your password and other details about you, this time it will prompt you to click a link.
The message of the email is written like this:
Due to the anonymous registration of Yahoo! So we are shutting down some Yahoo Account!!! If you are still interested please verify your account.
CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNTWe apologize for the inconvenience.We look forward to helping you!Sincerely,Yahoo! Customer Care
At a quick glance, the email and the link seems authentic but if you follow closely where the link “CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT” is pointing at (http://ronny-raw.com/wp-includes/js/crop/yahoo/index.html) you can easily find out it’s not from Yahoo. It will direct you to another site. If you are a WordPress user, I’m pretty sure you’ll be familiar with the structure of the URL.
Clicking the link won’t do you any harm. It will bring you to a Yahoo Mail look-a-like page.
Here’s how it looks like:
You may notice the copyright sign is not even updated. How pathetic, it is dated year 2009. Also, the new Yahoo mail sign-in page has an option for Facebook or Google ID, just like below:
True enough, when I tried to open the page http://ronny-raw.com/wp-includes/js/crop/yahoo/index.html, my browser prompted me right away the domain is reported as a phishing site.
I know the email is a bit transparent already that it’s a scam email but there are still other people who will probably fall on this trap.
What will you do if you received such an email?
- Do not ever click or reply on it. It is never a policy of Yahoo to ask for your password.
- Report the mail as a scam by clicking on the Scam button on top and block the sender.
- In case, you’ve clicked or filled-up the information, I highly suggest you to login to your account immediately and change your password right away.
- Be an educated user, simply delete and ignore emails from people you don’t know.
- Keep Spamguard turned on on your Yahoo mail.
Scam and phishing sites are already part of our online life. There are greedy people out there who wants to take personal information from you (email accounts, credit card information, etc.) in whatever way they can. Unfortunately, most of them are using illegal means. All we have to do is be careful, always be on guard and stay safer online.