Beware of Social Engineering Email Attacks

Friday, August 15, 2008 6:53:28 AM Categories: Security Technology
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I got this email this morning which is definitely NOT from Yahoo, but from someone hoping I will send them my password. Its another identity theft scam. The interesting thing is there is no phishing in it, no links to bogus sites and its clever enough I worry whether more naive family members and friends may be taken in by it. It starts with a little marketing about cool new stuff to make it seem legit, but the hook is the fear of losing your account if you don't comply. The fact that there aren't any phishing links also tempts one to think its real. But Yahoo nor any site you have an account with, would never ask you to email them your username and password. Scary to think how many people will probably do what it says.

 

"The All-New Yahoo! You Must Be A Part Of It To Avoid De-activativation Of Your Yahoo Account.

The All-New Yahoo! Mail Beta Is:
Faster: Fewer steps to get things done.
Easier: Drag & drop organization.
Effortless: Automatically checks email for you.


With the all-new Yahoo! Mail Beta you must fill the Informations Below To Verify Your Account, PleaseThis For Your Benefit. Read Below To Understand More.

Dear Yahoo User,

Due to the congestion of Yahoo users, Yahoo would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

* Username: .................................

* Password: ...................................

* Date of Birth: ................................

* Country Or Territory: .................................

After following the instructions in the above, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Warning!!! Whosoever that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.Until then, feel free to visit our online help center at
http://help.yahoo.com/
for answers if you have not already done so."

Copyright 2003-2010 Joe Audette

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