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Although, America Online (AOL) has decreased in popularity somewhat in recent years, about 2.5 million people still use it and with numbers that high, AOL users are a large target for scammers and identity thieves. A recent scam that has surfaced is an email that purports to be from AOL informing the receiver of the email that a request had been made to reset the password and the person receiving the email is provided two links upon which to click to either agree that the password change was legitimate or to cancel the requests because it was a scam. The problem is that the email does not come from AOL, it comes from a scammer, and not a very good one. If you click on either link, you will either be prompted to provide personal information that can make you a victim of identity theft or merely by clicking on either link you will download a keystroke logging malware program on to your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that will steal all of the personal information from your device lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft. This particular scam was not a very convincing one because the address from which it comes is not an official AOL address, nor does it contain AOL logos. Here is a copy of the email presently being circulated. DO NOT CLICK ON EITHER LINK.
We received a request on 1/10/14 to reset the password for your AOL Online Account. Please confirm this request to complete the password reset:
Yes, I would like to reset my password
I did not make this request, cancel the password reset
To make additional edits to your account, sign in to aol.com
Thankyou, The AOL team”
Never click on links or download attachments unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate. If you have any concerns that the email might be legitimate, contact the company, in this case AOL, at a telephone number or online through a phone number or an address that you know is correct to inquire about the email. Also, make sure that all of your electronic devices are protected by security software against viruses and malware and keep your security software updated with the latest patches.
Phishing scams often take the form of emails that you receive that appear to be legitimate and require you to click on a link contained in the email for various reasons which also may appear legitimate. However, in the case of phishing emails, if you click on the link, you will only succeed in doing one of two things, both of which are bad. In one type of email, you will be taken to another page where you will be prompted to provide personal information which will then be used to make you a victim of identity theft. The second bad thing that can happen if you click on a link in a phishing email is that by clicking on the link, you will unwittingly download keystroke logging malware that can steal all of the information from your computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other device and use that information to make you a victim of identity theft.
Here is a phishing email that is presently being sent that purports to be from America Online (AOL), but it is not. It is a phishing scam. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.
Your two incoming mails were placed on pending status due to the recent upgrade to our database,
In order to receive the messages Click here to login and wait for responds from Aol Team.
We apologies for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Regards, Aol Team.
There are a couple of telltale signs that this is a scam. People receiving this email do not have their name appear in the salutation and if you click on the details section of your email, you will see that the email did not come from AOL, but instead came from a botnet which is a network of zombie computers taken over by hackers to spread this type of material. Check the archives of Scamicide or “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” for more information about botnets.
In any event, as I have told you many times, even if you think the email is legitimate, you should never click on a link in an email unless you are absolutely sure that it is, in fact, legitimate. Because you can never be sure who is actually sending you an email, if you are an AOL subscriber who has the slightest thought that this email might be legitimate, call AOL at a customer service number that you know is accurate to confirm that it is merely a scam.
Fresh from my email comes today’s “Scam of the day” which is copied below. It is a phony notice from an identity thief posing as an AOL representative that attempts to lure me into clicking on a link which it requires me to do in order remedy an email problem. If you get such an email do NOT click on the link and certainly do not click on the link in the copy of the email below. If you click on the links in email such as this, you will only succeed in downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer and make you a victim of identity theft. Some of the key indicators that this is a scam include that when I clicked for “details” at the top of the email where it says “Sent from the Internet” I saw that the message originated in the United Kingdom at an address that appeared to be a part of a botnet. In addition, you will note the grammatical error where it reads “wait for responds.” Finally, when Aol really does send you an email, it appears in your email, it appears in a blue envelope in your email box.
Your two incoming mails were placed on pending status due to the recent upgrade to our database, In order to receive the messages Click here to login and wait for responds from Aol Team. We apologies for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Regards, Aol Team.
Recently reports have surfaced about a new scam involving Yahoo. It starts when you receive an email purportedly from Yahoo that tell you that Yahoo has identified a breach of your email account and that someone has tried to get access to your account (which actually is true, except the truth is that it is the scammer who is sending you this message who is the culprit). You are then told that access to your account has been blocked for your safety and that you need to confirm your identity by logging in. However, although the message appears to be from Yahoo, it is not and if you log in you will provide your email information to someone who is then able to use your account to send out scam messages and identity theft threats that will most likely be trusted by your friends who receive the email because they appear to be coming from you.
This scam is also used against users of other email providers such as AOL, Gmail and Hotmail. Never trust such emails. If you get such a message, first check the url from which it came to see if it even appears legitimate. I have gotten some where the address from which the email is sent is not even close to the email of my email provider. However, the url may appear legitimate, in which case you should call your email provider at a number you know is accurate to confirm or, most likely find out that the email was a scam.
Once again my own email provided me with another “scam of the day.” I got an email message which purported to be from my email provider indicating that someone had tried to sign in on my email account from another location. The email then told me to click on a link to verify my profile. As always, the email looked quite legitimate and it was directed to me personally. However, the email from which it was sent was not that of my email provider, but rather that of a lawyer whose email had apparently been hacked which allowed the hackers to utilize spearphishing, as I described in previous “scams of the day” to send a message directly to me. However, in this case, I certainly did not think that it was from my email provider when the email source from which it came was a lawyer’s office. If I had clicked on the link, I would have downloaded a keystroke logging malware program that would have stolen all of the information from my computer and made me a victim of identity theft.
Always be skeptical of any links and attachments even if they are from people whom you trust. As was the case with the email sent to me, the person who it appears is sending you the email could have had his or her email account hacked to make it appear that the email was from someone you knew. In the case of an email purportedly from your email provider or anyone with whom you do business, you should not download any attachments or click on any links. Instead contact the company directly either on line or by phone to check and see if the email is legitimate. Chances are it is not.
Many people using AOL for email have been receiving legitimate looking, but phony emails purporting to be from AOL billing them for services. Sometimes the phony messages come in the form of phony pop-ups that ask for personal information such as your Social Security number for “verification purposes.” Either way, these are phony phishing scams merely looking to steal your money and your identity. Ignore them.
AOL uses what it calls AOL Certified Mail for actual communications which will come in the form of a blue envelope in your inbox and will have an AOL seal on the border of the email. AOL will never ask for your Social Security number although scammers and identity thieves will because this number is the key to identity theft. If you believe that an email communication from AOL or any other company may or may not be legitimate, go directly to the company at either its website or by telephone making sure that you use URLs and phone numbers that you know are accurate. Never trust a link in an email that may be phony. It can only lead to your downloading keystroke logging malware that can steal information from your computer and make you a victim of identity theft.