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‘Yahoo Mail Box has Exceeded the Storage Limit’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from Yahoo, your mailbox has exceeded its storage limit.

The message, which begins with the greeting “Dear Valid User”, claims that you will not be able to send or receive email until you click a link to “re-validate your mailbox”.

It warns that the account will be suspended if it is not verified within 72 hours.

However, the email is not from Yahoo and the claim that you must click to verify your account is a lie.

If you do click, you will be taken to a fake website that asks for your Yahoo account email address and password.

After you submit your login details, you may be automatically redirected to the real Yahoo website.

But, the scammers can now use the information you supplied to take control of your Yahoo account. Once they have gained access, they can use your account to distribute scam, spam, and malware emails in your name.

Email accounts sometimes do exceed their allotted quota. If that happens, some mail systems will send an automated message informing you of the problem. However, no legitimate mail administration system is likely to threaten an account closure or demand that users click a link to log in and verify their account.

Moreover, no legitimate service is ever likely to use the weird greeting “Dear Valid User”.  And, these days, very few email service providers would have a limit as low as 1 GB. (Yahoo Mail now offers 1000 GB storage as standard).

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links that it contains.

Email phishing scams like this are very common. Be wary of any message that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to deal with a supposed account problem.

Always login to your email account via a trusted app or by entering the address into your browser’s address bar.

Dear Valid User,

Your Yahoo Mail Box has exceeded the storage limit is 1 GB, which is defined by the administrator, you are running at 99.8 gigabytes and you can not send or receive new messages until you re-validate your mailbox.

This mailbox will be suspended if it’s not verified in 72 hrs.

To renew the mailbox CLICK HERE

Thank you,
Yahoo

 

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