According to this message, which was supposedly sent by your service provider, your email account database is being upgraded.
The message asks you to reply with information about your account so that the supposed upgrade can proceed. It warns that your account will be deleted if you don’t upgrade within five days.
As phishing scams go, this example is very crude. Most people would easily identify the message as fraudulent due to poor spelling and grammar.
And, no legitimate service provider is ever likely to request users to send sensitive information such as account passwords via an unsecure email.
Nevertheless, some vulnerable users may still be caught out.
If you did fall for the ruse and provider the requested information, online crooks could hijack your email accounts and use them to distribute scam, spam, and malware emails in your name.
If a scam email like this comes your way, just hit the delete key.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: LAST WARNING EMAIL ACCOUNT OWNER
LAST WARNING EMAIL ACCOUNT OWNER
This message comes from your (EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER) messaging admin center to All E-mail Account owners. We are currently improving our Database and E-mail Account Center and creating more certainty for our Legal Service clients. At this moment we are upgrading our data base so that there will be more space for new customers and increasing the surf on the Internet. To prevent your Email address not to be de-activated and to enable it upgraded, you need to assist us by
sending the information below to enable us upgrade it, so that your email account status were reflect in our database as a very active, useful and legal email account.Do send to us the below information to enable us upgrade your Account, else your email account will lost in a short time.
Date of Birth:
E-mail pass word:
Alternative Email pass word:
WARNING!!! E-MAIL OWNERS who refuses to upgrade his or her account within Five days after notification of this update will permanently be deleted from our data base and can also lead to malfunctioning of the client or user’s account and we will not be responsible for loosing
Thanks for your understanding as it is geared towards serving you better.
Warning Code: ID67565434
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!