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‘Strengthen the Security of your Mailbox Account’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Yet another email account phishing scam is hitting inboxes. This version urges you to strengthen the security of your mailbox account by clicking a “verify” link. It claims that an extra verification is needed to help keep you safe. 

The message is not from any legitimate mail administrator.

Clicking the links in the email opens a fraudulent website that hosts a form that asks for your email address and email account password. After you supply your email account credentials, you may see a notice claiming that you have successfully verified the account.

The crooks can now collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your email account. They can then use the account to send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name.

Quite a few Internet services now use the same login details for email, online storage, apps stores, and other services.  So, the criminals may be able to access not only your email account but your linked services as well.  They may be able to harvest a large amount of your personal and financial information and use it to steal your identity and make purchases in your name.

Scam emails like this are very common. 

An example of the scam email:

Subject: Your email requires verification

 

Dear Customer,

Please strengthen the security of your mailbox account [email address removed]. To help keep you safe, we require an extra verification.

Verify [email address removed]

 

Please note that this message is an automatic warning that your mailbox security needs upgrade

 

If this was you then you can safely verify this email

 

If you’re not sure this was you, a malicious agent might have your password. Please review your recent activity and we’ll help you take corrective action.

 

To opt out or change where you receive security notifications, click here.

 

Thanks,

Mail Administrator



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,
Hoax-Slayer