Although it is nowhere near as popular as it once was, America Online (AOL) is still used for email by more than 2.5 million people and that means that it will be a target for identity thieves and hackers who are constantly sending out new “phishing” emails attempting to lure people into clicking on tainted links that are infected with malware. When the unwary receiver of the email clicks on the link, he or she unwittingly downloads keystroke logging malware on to his or her computer or other device that will steal personal information from the victim’s device and use it to make the person a victim of identity theft. Phishing is the name for the tactic when an identity thief sends a message that looks like it is from a legitimate source and persuades the victim to respond by either clicking on a link that will download malware or into providing requested personal information that will be used to make the person a victim of identity theft. Here are a couple of examples of AOL phishing emails presently being circulated. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS.
Dear Valid User,
Your account was accessed from a device we did not recognize 188.8.131.52 at (Ireland ) 09:00 Irish Standard Time). If you did not check it from another device, please CLICK HERE to your account.
Sincerely, Aol Service.”
Click here now to confirm the validity of your account.
Sincerely, America Online Team”