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BT Yahoo ‘Final Warning’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline
Message purporting to be a “Final Warning” from BT Yahoo claims that users must immediately click a link to verify their account before they can receive pending emails.

Brief Analysis
The message is not from BT Yahoo. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into disclosing their email login details to Internet criminals.

Example

Subject: Final warning!!!

Dear Customer,

Your incoming messages were placed on pending due to our recent upgrade.
Verify your account immediately to get your mail working by pressing the to get your mail updated

Click Here

Thank you for using BT Yahoo!

BT Yahoo!©2013

 

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, the recipient’s BT Yahoo emails have been “placed on pending” due to a recent upgrade. Recipients are advised to “immediately” click a link in order to verify the account and receive their pending emails.

However, the message is not from BT Yahoo or any other legitimate service provider. In fact, the message is a typical phishing scam whose sole purpose is to extract email login details from unsuspecting Internet users.

Those who take the bait and click the link in the scam message will be taken to a bogus website that hosts a Yahoo email login box. The fake page looks almost exactly like the genuine Yahoo login and features seemingly official Yahoo logos and formatting. Unless they look at the web address of the page – which has no connection to Yahoo and is not even secure – many users may not realize that they are not on a genuine Yahoo web page.
If uses proceed and provide their Yahoo ID and password on the fake site, they will be rapidly and automatically transported to the genuine Yahoo login page. Many will conclude that some simple glitch has occurred and will login again – this time on the real Yahoo site – without taking too much notice of the apparent double login anomaly. Meanwhile, however, their account login details have been sent to the criminals running this phishing campaign.

Once they have collected this information, the criminals can login to the Yahoo accounts belonging to their victims, lock out the rightful owners by changing passwords, and use the accounts to launch further spam and scam campaigns.

Email phishing campaigns such as this one are ongoing and have targeted users of all major email providers. Do not open links or attachments in any unsolicited email that claims that you must verify or confirm your account details. Some variants of these scams ask recipients to reply to the message with their username and password. Genuine service providers are very unlikely to request sensitive personal information from users in such a manner.

It is always safest to login your online accounts by entering the service’s web address into your browser’s address bar rather than by clicking an email link.



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