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Yahoo! Accountholders Yet Again Targeted with Phishing Scam

An e-mail maybe reaching Yahoo users' inboxes, posing as a message from the Yahoo organization, reported softpeda.com dated April 17, 2012. Actually, the e-mail is purely a fake crafted for capturing unwitting users' login details.

And while it isn't the first time such a scam has targeted Yahoo customers, the Hoax Slayer online site informs that it has yet again emerged.

The message in the e-mail tells the recipient that his Yahoo account has crossed the specified capacity while that requires being substantiated in 24-hrs failing which the account will stand suspended. Thereafter, the e-mail provides a web-link to be clicked for the said verification.

Internet-users, who believe the e-mail followed with opting for the web-link, get instantly led onto a page, which appears exactly like the real login page of Yahoo Mail.

Soon as anyone logs in on this page with his username and password, the information gets transmitted onto the online-crooks-controlled database.

Such hijacked accounts largely mean plentiful for the scammers, Internet security specialists remark.

Frequently, these online crooks utilize them for executing more spam or other malicious campaigns. A particularly noticeable ruse enables for duping their victims' e-mail friends and relatives into wiring cash that actually lands up with the crooks. Originally, when they acquire admission into the victims' accounts, the fraudsters dispatch fake e-mails on the formers behalf to those friends/relatives asserting that the e-mail sender while abroad is stuck penniless and without travel documents because of a theft of money and luggage, the specialists explain.

Conclusively, Internet scammers are repeatedly targeting Yahoo! During the 1st-week of April 2012, e-mails posing as communication from Yahoo, suggesting consumers towards adopting the revised Yahoo Mail software drew attention. Thus, the current Yahoo electronic mail too is one phishing scam that isn't from the company. Anyone who types in his Yahoo login details loses them all to the scammer who then utilizes them to carry out illegal Internet operations as also probably ID-theft. Typically, cyber-criminals change the content of the Yahoo service declaration electronic mails as well as imitate the company's actual site for executing the above kinds of Yahoo phishing scams.

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