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Updated 05-23-2016

All links and e-mail addresses have been changed to protect the innocent.


EXAMPLE #1:  Incoming Messages Placed on Pending

Mon 11/16/2015 5:42 AM
Email <drfdorksign@aol.com>
Urgent
To:  wouldbevictim@hol.com

Dear Customer,
 
Your incoming messages were placed on pending due to our recent upgrade. Verify your account immediately to get your mail working by pressing the
 
To Get Your Mail  Updated VERIFY HERE
 
Sincerely,

Yahoo Team

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

  1. Why, as was in this actual case, would someone using AOL notify you about a problem with your Yahoo! account?   Why is this not Yahoo!?  Because they don't notify you either!

  2. Have you hovered your mouse over the link?  Yahoo! has many big computers globally with millions of e-mail accounts yet this one uses one from some unknown place?  Be suspicious of small company web pages.  The bad guys may have hacked into their less secure web site, create their own sub web page and created the image that this was a legitimate link from a legitimate business.

  3. Why does Yahoo! spend millions annually putting the explanation point behind Yahoo! while these bozos did not?  Certainly "copyright infringement" is the least of their worries.  This is a real big red flag.

Example #2:  UNABLE TO SHOW FULL MESSAGE - YOU CAN VIEW IT BY CLICKING HERE

Mon 11/16/2015 1:08 PM
Theresa-WB213@aol.com
<one of many possible messages to grab your attention>
To:  wouldbevictim@hol.com

Unable to show full message.
You can view it by clicking here


Yahoogroups error code: 4674 (Mon Nov 16 20:07:31 CET 2015)

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

  1. OK, let's see a show of hands ... who ever gets a partial or incomplete message?
    e-Mail is not designed that way ... even back in the 1960's. 

  2. Did you hover your mouse over the link?  Does it look legitimate ... is it a link to your e-mail service or something strange looking?   Strange is bad!

  3. When you have ever seen:
    a)  Yahoo! Groups provide an e-mail error code using Europe Central Time to a US Mailbox?
    b)  Have you seen Yahoo! Groups shown as Yahoogroups with or without the explanation
         point?


EXAMPLE #3:  Lost e-mails now recovered

Mon 05/23/2016 9:09 AM
Email <thanscruggs@ashi.com>
You have 4 lost emails
To:  wouldbevictim@hol.com

<Google logo appears here>

We sent you a message:
 
5/23/2016  <most likely always the current date>
 
 
View emails

We hope you found this message to be useful.  However, if you'd rather not receive future e-mails of this sort, please opt-out here.

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

  1. Why, as was in this actual case, would Google notify you about a problem versus just sending the e-mails!?  Waste of their time and yours!

  2. Have you hovered your mouse over the link?  Why are they using a weird address and not a Google e-mail address?  Does someone believe they are trying to hide something that can be easily discovered in seconds?  Sometimes e-mails may be delayed but rarely lost.  Another ploy to get you worried over nothing but to act quickly before thinking.

  3. A good practice to follow:  If it looks like it's bogus DO NOT click on any link even if it says "unsubscribe" or "cancel my subscription", etc., etc.  We're seeing more messages where the pictures, all links and even the text is rigged to cause you problems if you click on any of them.  Yet many will click on the Unsubscribe to prevent it from happening again.  And that's part of their twisted plan.