Everyone uses email which is why emails from identity thieves posing as your email provider are a constant threat. Below is a copy of an email that I recently received from an identity thief. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS. This phony email follows a familiar pattern. It indicates that there is an emergency that requires my immediate action. The emergency may relate to an unpaid bill or a security problem or as indicated in the phony email below, a termination that I did not request. The identity thief counts on the victim to react emotionally and immediately click on the links provided. If you do click on the links one of two things can occur and both of them are bad. The first is that you are asked for information such as your email address, credit card number or other personal information that is then used to make you a victim of identity theft. This is called “phishing” when you are lured to a phony website that gathers information from you. The second thing that can happen is even more insidious. By clicking on the link, you may unwittingly download a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer including your Social Security number, password, credit card numbers and banking information. The identity thief will then use this information to make you a victim of identity theft.
Here is a copy of the phony email I received.
Dear AOL Customer,
You submitted a request to terminate your AOL Mail Account and the process has started by our AOL Mail Team, Please give us 3 working days to close your AOL Mail Account.
To cancel the termination request click http://cancel.mail.aol.com/neo/cancel?
All folders contains on your AOL Mail Account including (Inbox, Sent, Spam, Trash, Draft, Folders) will be deleted and access to your AOL Mail Account will be Denied.
If you wish to terminate your present AOL Mail Account, you can Sign Up for a new AOL Mail Account by clicking. http://edit.aol.com/registration?
For further help please contact support
Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered”