Today’s Scam of the day is about a phishing email presently circulating that attempts to lure you into clicking on a link in order to continue using your AOL account.  If you click on the link 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 link, download dangerous malware such as ransomware on to your phone, computer or other device.  Here is the email presently being circulated.  The link has been removed.

“You have reached the storage limit of your mailbox.
It is running low and needs an update to avoid placing all incoming massages pending.
Please visit the link below to restore access your email. To validate, click here https://xxxxxxxxxxx   AOL system
Ignoring this message will cause the account to close
Thank you for choosing AOL.”

 

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.  This email also did not have an AOL logo and had no salutation indicating to whom the email was being sent.  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.

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