According to this email, which claims to be from the “Domain Administrator”, you recently made a request to deactivate your email account. Supposedly, this “email de_activation” is “in prgress”.
The email claims that if the request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you can click a button to cancel the deactivation.
However, the email is not from any legitimate service provider and the deactivation request claim is a lie designed to trick you into visiting a scam website.
Clicking the link takes you to a bogus online form that asks for your email address and email account password. After entering your account credentials, you may see a notification claiming that you have successfully cancelled the deactivation request.
Criminals can now use the information you entered to hijack your email account. Once they have gained access, they can use your account to send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name.
If the same login credentials provide access to linked services such as online storage or app stores, the scammers may also be able to steal personal documents and make purchases via your account.
The criminals may manage to collect enough of your personal and financial information to steal your identity as well.
If you receive one of these scam emails, just delete it. Do not click any links in the email.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Transcript of the scam email:
NOTICE!! indicates that you recently made a request to deactivate email firstname.lastname@example.org. And this request will be processed shortly.
If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are advised to cancel the request now
However, if you do not cancel this request, the your account will be de-activated shortly and all your email data will be lost permanently.
This message is auto-generated from E-mail security server, and replies sent to this email can not be delivered.
This email is meant for: [Email Address]