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Fake ‘Error Alert’ Email Tries to Steal Your Yahoo Account Login Details

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which claims to be from the “Profile Team” at Yahoo, warns that your account will soon be deleted due to an error detected in your mailbox.  But, claims the message, you can avoid this account closure by clicking a debug error link.

The email tacks on some information about the benefits of upgrading your Yahoo account.

However, the email is not from Yahoo and your account will not be deleted if you don’t follow a link.

In fact, the email is a phishing scam and has no connection to Yahoo.  Clicking the link takes you to a fraudulent website that features a fake Yahoo login window.  If you enter your email address and password on the fake website, it can be collected by criminals and used to hijack your real Yahoo account. Once the criminals have gained access to your account, they can use it to send spam, scam, and malware messages in your name. They can also steal personal information from your account.

To make their claim seem a little more plausible,  the scammers have copied text from a genuine Yahoo customer email about a system upgrade.

If you receive a fake email like this one, do not click any links or open any attachments it contains. Yahoo has information about reporting scams on its website.  

An example of the scam email:

Subject: Error Alert

Dear [email address],

Your account would soon be deleted from our service due to an error detected in your mail box click here to debug error to avoid account closure.

What You Can Look Forward To When You Upgrade
· Faster email
· The latest Yahoo Mail spam-protection technology
· Easier to use design
· Unlimited email storage so that you can keep everything you want

Thank you,
The Profile Team
This e-mail may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you suspect that you were not the intended recipient, please delete it and notify the sender as soon as possible.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,