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‘Upgrade and Verify your Mailbox’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Apparently, one of my Hoax-Slayer email addresses needs to be verified. Alas, it seems that, so far, I have “not been able to meet up with the verification task”. 

Supposedly, this “mailbox fault” means that I may not be able to receive emails.

All rather puzzling given that I’m the person who sets up and maintains hoax-slayer email addresses.  And, for the life of me, I can’t recall sending myself the verification email! 🙂

Of course, the email is just another phishing scam. Clicking the link in the email opens a scam website that asks me to enter my email address and email password in the form provided. I’ll then see a message claiming that I have now verified my mailbox.

But, providing the email address and password would allow criminals to hijack my email account and use it to send spam, scam, and malware messages in my name.

An Example of the Scam Email

Verify Mail Box Phishing Scam Email

 

Scam Emails Are Personalized To Your Email Provider

In this campaign, the scammers are using a simple trick to personalize each scam email. 
Typically in such phishing campaigns, the scammers send out vast numbers of identical emails in the hope of netting at least a few victims. In this case, they use an automated mechanism to personalize the text based on each email address the scam messages are sent to.

Many people have their name as the first part of their email address (your-name@your-email-provider.com). So, the scam email that you receive may have the greeting “Hello [Your Name]” and the mailbox references will list your email provider.

This personalisation makes it more likely that recipients will take the claims in the scam email seriously and click the link.

A Common Scammer Ruse

Scammers regularly send emails that falsely claim that the recipient’s email account needs to be verified or updated. Usually, the messages claim that the email account will not work properly or will be deactivated if users do not click the link and verify> Some versions simply ask you to reply with your login details.

If you receive such an email, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. Do not reply to the email.

It is always safest to login to your email accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app rather than by clicking a link in an email.



 

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,
Hoax-Slayer