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AOL ‘Cancel Deactivation’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from AOL, you recently made a request to shut down your email account. The message claims that the request will be processed shortly.

But, claims the message, if you did not make the request, you can click a “cancel de-activation” link to stop the impending account shut down.

However, the email is not from AOL and the claim that your account is about to be shut down is a lie. Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your AOL account login details.

Here’s what the scam email looks like:

AOL Phishing Scam Email

If you click the”cancel de-activation” link, you will be taken to a form hosted on Microsoft’s online file storage service OneDrive. 

The form asks you to login by entering your account username and password.

Here’s a screenshot of the AOL fake login form:

AOL Phishing Scam Fake Login Form

If you enter your account login details and hit the “Submit” button, you’ll see a final message claiming that your response was received.

Here’s a screenshot of the fake “response received” web page:

Fake Thank You message AOL Phishing Scam

Unfortunately, the people who actually receive your response are criminals who will use your login details to hijack your real AOL account.  Once they have gained access, they can steal any information you have stored in your account and use it to send further spam and scam campaigns in your name.  They may also be able to access any services that are linked to the same account.

Phishing scams like this continue to be very common and target users of many companies and online service providers. It is always safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

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,