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‘Account Suspended’ Email Phishing Scams Still Common

by Brett M. Christensen

Online criminals commonly distribute phishing emails that falsely claim that your email account has been suspended, deactivated, or disabled. 

The scam emails claim that you can stop the supposed suspension and get your account back by clicking a link.

Clicking the links in the scam emails opens a fraudulent website that asks you to provide your email address and email account password. After submitting your account credentials on the fake website, you may see a final message stating that your account has now been verified and is no longer suspended.

But, now, the criminals who sent out the scam message can use the information you supplied to take control of your email account.

Once they have gained access to your email account, they can use it to distribute further scam, spam, and malware emails that look like you sent them. If your email account is linked to other services such as online file storage or app stores, the criminals can also steal your personal information and make fraudulent transactions in your name.

If the scammers are able to gather enough of your personal information from your hijacked account, they may even be able to steal your identity.

It is always best to login to your email service by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

If you receive an email that looks like it was sent by your email service provider and claims that your account has been suspended, do not click on it.

There are many variations of this scam. Some versions may ask you to open an attached file rather than click a link. The attachment will contain a fake web form that asks for your email address and password. Other versions ask you to reply to the email with your account login details.  

A screenshot of one such scam email:Account suspended phishing scam email

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