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‘Blocked From Receiving Emails’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which claims to be from the “Mail Administrator”,  you will be blocked from receiving email within the next 24 hours.

Supposedly, the block is because you have previously refused to update your mailbox.

The message urges you to stop the impending block by clicking a link to perform the required update.

However, the email is not from any legitimate mail administrator or support service.  Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to trick you into sending your email account details to criminals.

If you click the link in the message, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to enter your email address and email password. The information you enter will be collected by scammers and used to hijack your email account along with any linked services that share the same login credentials.

Email phishing scams like this are very common.  Be wary of any email that claims that you must click a link to rectify a supposed account problem, update your details, or upgrade to a new system.

It is always best to login to any of your online accounts via a trusted app or by entering the address into your browser’s address bar. If there really is a problem with your account that you need to address, you will likely see an internal message about the problem after you have logged in.

An example of the scam email:

Dear [Your Email Address]You will be blocked from receiving emails within the next 24 hours due to the refusal of updating your mailbox.

Click Here to update your mailbox in order to stop action.

Note: If your mailbox is not updated after 24 hours, Your mailbox will be blocked from our system.

Service Mail Support

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