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Fresh Phishing Scam Targeting Yahoo! Account Owners Detected

A new scam e-mail, which attempts at phishing off the usernames and passwords of Yahoo! accountholders, is currently circulating online, reports softpedia.com dated September 28, 2012.

Displaying a header: "[Bulk] Account Alert" and addressing recipients, the phishing electronic mail tells that following a 'Service Update,' Yahoo has spotted a breach against the user's account suggesting somebody attempted at gaining admission into his e-mail A/C in an unauthorized manner. Consequently, Yahoo has blocked his account from making access into it and is advising that the user validates his account by logging in. The e-mail then ends by expressing gratitude to the reader for assisting Yahoo in extending its service better.

It appears the e-mail is sent from Yahoo's Customer Service.

Unfortunately, when Internauts believe the e-mail followed with hitting on a given web-link, they're led onto a website requiring no condition for access while it is actually a phishing site. This site has a login page that copies the original of Yahoo! expecting that gullible Internet users will furnish personal account login details, remark specialists studying the currently circulating scam.

Also, explaining how online crooks exploit victims after compromising the latter's accounts, security specialists state that they send more scams and bulk e-mails through those accounts that sometimes deceptively make the victims' contacts wire money to the criminals. For, the e-mails spuriously assert that the writer of the e-mail, seemingly the original account-owner, has fallen into deep trouble and urgently requires monetary help.

Normally, in such e-mails, it is asserted that the real account-owner has got terribly stuck inside a different country where thieves have snatched his travel documents and money alternatively his baggage has got lost.

The specialists further explain that Internet fraudsters routinely target Yahoo! users through the same kind of phishing methods. However, this trick is also employed against account-owners of more widely used e-mail services such as Gmail and Hotmail.

Conclusively, Yahoo! users have experienced a likewise spoofed e-mail scam during the middle of August 2012 too. That one, according to security specialists, supposedly from 'Yahoo Admin' asked the recipient to follow a given web-link for making his account up-to-date.

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