A number of times I have written about email phishing scams that start when you receive an email that purports to be sent from AOL informing you that there is some problem with your AOL account which requires you to click on a link in order to rectify the problem. Recently, another email server is the subject of a phishing scam. This time it is Yahoo. Here is a copy of an email that is presently finding its way into many people’s email boxes. This is a phishing scam. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. Clicking on the link will result in either your downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer such as your Social Security number, credit card numbers and banking information that will then be used to make you a victim of identity theft or when you click on the link you will be prompted to provide personal information that will also be used to make you a victim of identity theft. Some phishing emails are better than others and this one was not very convincing. The email address from which it was sent was not even a Yahoo email address. It was the address of someone whose email had been hacked and made a part of a botnet of computers used by identity thieves to send out their phishing emails. In addition, this email is not directed to you by name, but rather as “Yahoo user.” As with many of these scams that often originate in foreign countries where English is a second language, the grammar is suspect as where in this email the word “responds” is used instead of the correct word “response.”
“Dear Yahoo! User
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.
Customer! Mail Product Management.
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Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.”
The most important thing to remember is to never click on links in emails or download attachments unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate. In this particular case, it is easy to see that it is a scam. Additionally, you should make sure that your anti-malware and anti-virus software are installed and up to date with the latest security updates while remembering that you cannot rely on your security software because it is generally about thirty days behind the latest viruses and malware programs.