According to this message, which purports to be from “Mail Control”, I sent a request to terminate my email account.
Supposedly, as a final security measure, I need to confirm the termination request by clicking a link. Alternatively, I could click a “cancel” link if I did not ask for the account to be terminated.
However, the email is not from “Mail Control” or any other legitimate sender and the email termination claim is a lie. Instead, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal my email account password.
I’ve been receiving dozens of these scam emails to some of my old Hoax-Slayer email addresses lately. I do find them rather amusing since I actually own and manage the domain for the targeted email addresses. In other words, I AM “Mail Control” for these addresses and would be myself responsible for sending such admin messages.
In reality, many thousands of these scam emails are distributed to recipients all around the world in the hope of netting at least a few victims. The email address of each recipient is automatically added in the appropriate places during the distribution process. Otherwise, the scam emails are all identical.
Links in the emails open a fraudulent website that hosts a fake webmail login form. The form asks for my email address and account password. If I entered the login details as requested, criminals can collect the information and use it to hijack my email account.
They can then use the account to distribute scam, spam, and malware in my name. They could also take control of services such as online storage and app stores that use the same login credentials.
Phishing attempts like this are very common. Be wary of any email that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to deal with a supposed problem with your account. Scammers use many different cover stories to get you to click and enter your login details.
It is always safest to login to your email accounts by entering the address into your browser or via a trusted app.
A screenshot of the scam email: