Scam of the day – July 11, 2013 – Email box exceeding capacity scam

On occasion I will repeat a warning about a particular scam as it resurfaces and today is one of those days.  I have warned you previously about the scam in which you receive an email such as the two that are reproduced below that I personally received in my email box today in which you are told that you have exceeded your capacity and that if you do not click on the link included with the email to remedy the problem, your email account will be shut down.  This is a scam and like many scams, it relies on fear.  The truth is that your account will not be shut down for exceeding a specific number of emails.  Most importantly you should never click on a link, such as contained in this particular email because if you do, you will only end up unwittingly downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of your personal information from your computer and use that information to make you a victim of identity theft.  Merely delete the email.  If you have any questions as to the email’s legitimacy, call or email your email provider at a telephone number or email address that you know is accurate to find out the truth.

Here are copies of the two emails that I recently received.  DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS.

“Dear User,

Your e-mail account has exceeded its limit & needs to be verified, if not verified within 12hrs, we shall deactivate your account.

Validate Here

Thanks.

and

“Mailbox Quota size has exceeded its Quota limit for the month of June.QUOTA-SIZE: 89.00%
NOTE: You will be unable to send and receive messages at 92.8 % .
For mailbox cleanup CLICK HERE Management Page.Admin Help-desk.
© Copyright 2013″

TIPS

These scam emails are both pretty shoddy.  They carry no logo of my email carrier.  The first has poor grammar.  Neither is signed and neither even indicate the name of my email carrier.  Never click on links in emails that you receive unless you are absolutely sure that the email is not a phony and never provide information to anyone who contacts you in an email unless you are sure that they are both legitimate and have a need for the information.  Even if the email appears to be legitimate, it may be a phony phishing email sent by an identity thief who has hacked someone’s legitimate email account.