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‘Your Account Has Been Blacklisted’ Email Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Password Phishing Scam

According to this email, which claims to be from ‘Mail Services’, your email account has been blacklisted. The message advises you to click a button to remove the supposed blacklist and ‘renew’ your account.

However, the email is not from any legitimate mail service provider. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your email account password.  If you click the link in the email, you will be taken to a website that claims that you must enter your email account password in the field provided to keep your mailbox running and remove your email address from the blacklist. If you enter you password as requested, you will be taken to a second fake page that claims that you have successfully removed your address from the blacklist.  After a few seconds, the page will automatically redirect to an unrelated domain services website.

Meanwhile, the criminals who created this phishing campaign can collect your password and use it to hijack your email account.  Once they have gained access to your account, they can use it to launch further spam and scam campaigns in your name. If the same login credentials provide access to multiple services, the scammers may be able to take control of other accounts as well.

Your email service provider is extremely unlikely to send you an email about an account issue that asks you to click a link and provide your password or other personal information. If you receive such an email, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.  Always login to any of your online accounts, including webmail, by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.




EXAMPLE:

Mail Services to [email address removed]
Your account has beed blacklisted

We notice a change on your account and it will remain blacklisted untill you renew your account.
If you want to continue using your [email address removed] account. follow the unblacklist button

Notice: Failure unblacklist your account. it will be teminated as a result of scam activities.

Remove Blacklist

To opt out or change where you receive security notifications,Click Here .

Black Listed Email Account Phishing Scam


 

Link opens fraudulent website that asks for your email password:
Email Blacklist Scam Website




Last updated: January 4, 2016
First published: January 4, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Phishing Scams – Anti-Phishing Information

 

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.

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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