Email Scam Targets Yahoo.com Users

by Director of Intergalactic Communications and Marketing on March 27, 2012

Everyone has gotten them: the scam emails that promise great fortunes or enlarged organs or a threat regarding an online account.

But one can’t be reminded too often that an email that shows up in your inbox claiming to be an alert of a security breach could be nothing more than just another scam.

One of the latest email scams is from Yahoo.com. It hijacks your email address book and propagates the bogus email and sends it to everyone in your email address book. It may even spoof (fake) the return address so the scam appears to come from you!

These insidious emails are not just addressing you as “Dear One” but by your first name.  They also have a friends name in the signature line.  If you didn’t read the email too closely, you might actually mistake it as a legitimate request for money from a relative of a friend.  The grammar is still atrocious but the personalization almost gives it legitimacy.

Here’s what a scam security alert using Yahoo.com as the source may look like:

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The Yahoo! Mail Team securityalert67@live.com

2:51 PM (5 hours ago)

to undisclosed recipients

Account Information
A DGTFX Virus has been detected in your Yahoo. folders. Your email account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2012 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and your important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and send back to us or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.

User name:
Password:

Reconfirm Password:
Director of Yahoo.Inc Technical Team. Note that your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password safety.

All Yahoo.Inc User Should Reply Now !!

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yahoo Account Support

Warning Code :ID67565434

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One of the sure ways to spot an email scam is to note the return address. In this case the email ends in “live.com.”  This should immediately raise suspicions. Why would Yahoo.com use live.com in an email address?

If you are in doubt the veracity of any email, your best bet is to not open it.  If you do open the email because you let your guard down, DO NOT click any links in the email. Close the email or mark it as spam. If you want to be most secure, take the time to run a scan of your computer using your anti-virus program. (Make sure it’s updated.)

As with all security measures: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be alert and aware and skeptical.

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