It was just yesterday in the Scam of the day, that I warned you about various phishing emails.  Today’s Scam of the day is a well written, but totally bogus example of such a phishing email that attempts to lure you into clicking on links in order to continue using your AOL account.  If you do click on these links two things can occur and both are bad.  Either you will end up providing personal information to an identity thief or you will merely by clicking on the links download dangerous malware such as ransomware on to your phone, computer or other device.  Here is an example of the email presently being circulated.  The links have been removed.

 

Enjoy New AOL 2019 ! – Oath for more security to your mailbox. – Act Now
As you’ve used your email address in the last 90 days, we need to let you know about some changes we’re making.
We’re closing some of our older email services. That means your AOL email address will stop working after 30TH MAY 2019 unless you switch to AOL OATH. If you don’t, you’ll lose your email address as well as the folders and messages associated with it.
Please take some time to switch and agree to the new unified Terms of Service and Privacy Policy by clicking on the button below.   (Button removed)
  • What You Can Look Forward To
  • Protection against viruses, spam and other online threats
  • Technical support to help you when you need
  • Up to 11 email addresses for you and your family
  • Strong  webmail Protection
We have designed these changes to help improve your experience with Oath and its brands. You are advised to switch to the new Terms of Service to confirm that you understand the new Privacy Policy.
Please note that although our services will continue to be available under the existing terms for now, you will eventually need to agree to the new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy in order to continue to use our services. If you have any questions or need additional help, please refer to this link. (actual link removed).
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.Best regards,
Oath

Privacy Policy


Oath (UK) Limited, Shropshire House, 11-201 Capper Street, London WC1E 6JA, UK

TIPS

When AOL communicates with its customers about their accounts, they do so by AOL Certified Mail, which will appear as a blue envelope in your inbox and will have an official AOL Mail seal on the border of the email.  This particular email had neither.  Whenever you get an email, you cannot be sure who is really sending it.   In the case of this email, the email address of the sender had no relation to AOL and most likely was the email address of someone whose email account was hacked and made a part of a botnet of computers used by cybercriminals to send such communications.  Never click on a link unless you are absolutely sure that it is legitimate.  If you think the email might be legitimate, the best thing to do is to contact the real company that the email purports to be from at an address or phone number that you know is accurate in order to find out if the communication was legitimate or not.

If you have been targeted by scammers or identity thieves, I invite you to send me your story and a copy of any communications sent by the scammers or identity thieves.  Your anonymity will always be protected by Scamicide.

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