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‘Remove Your Account From Yahoo’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which purports to be from Yahoo, claims that your account will soon be deactivated as you requested.

The message includes the date and time that you supposedly made the deactivation request. It claims that your account will be deactivated one hour after you open the email.

But, claims the message, if you did not request the deactivation, you can reply to the email.

However, the email is not from Yahoo and your account is not about to be deactivated.

Instead, the email is a rather crude phishing attempt designed to trick you into sending your Yahoo account details to criminals. 
If you do reply asking for the deactivation to be cancelled, you will soon receive an email asking you to reply with your Yahoo login email address and password.

If you comply, the scammers will use the information you sent to hijack your Yahoo account. Once they have gained access, the scammers can use the account to send scam and spam emails in your name. They can also take control of any linked services that use the same login details.

Phishing scams like this one are very common.  Keep in mind that no legitimate provider will ever ask you to send passwords by replying to an email.

It is always safest to login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.  If there is an account problem that you need to address, you will usually be informed via an internal message after you login t your account.

An example of the scam email:

Subject: [email address removed]: Your Account Will Be Deactivated
Hello [email address],

This is to inform you that your request on: [date and time] to remove your account from Yahoo server has been approved and will initiate in one hour from the exact time you open this message. Regards.ignore this message to continue with email removal orIf this deactivation was not requested by you

Please reply us.


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,