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.
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:
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
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