Yahoo Email - SCAM ALERT!!!

@sconibear (8011)
United States
May 27, 2009 8:49am CST
I was just going through my emails in my Yahoo account and I came across this little gem: [b][i]"Dear Yahoo Email Owner, This message is from Yahoo Account Webmaster messaging center to all Yahoo account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused email account to create more space for new accounts. To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it's a present used account. To complete your Email account, you must reply to this email immediately and enter your informations below. EMAIL LOGIN INFORMATION Name:(................) Email address:(..............) password:(............) Alternative email:(........) password:(........) NOTE : Failure to do this will immediately render your email address deactivated from our database. Warning!!! Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING YAHOO MAIL."[/i][/b] no header....no Yahoo logo anywhere. if you see this, are you going to fill it out??? somebody is COMPLETELY out of their minds if they think I would ever provide that information to them. Yahoo would NEVER send such a generic form asking for your account information. first of all they would already know your account information. and if they really did need you to update your information or had a question for you, they would just re-direct you to another page when you logged into your account. besides, why do they need to ask you for your email address when they just sent you an email??? DON'T BE A SUCKER!!! DON'T GIVE YOUR PASSWORD OUT TO ANYONE!!!! you have been warned.
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33 responses
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
28 May 09
How much you want to bet this originated in Nigeria?
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@sconibear (8011)
• United States
28 May 09
hoe else are they going to raise enough money to pay me my lottery winnings???
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
28 May 09
Yours & mine both.
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• United States
27 May 09
The part that amazes me is that someone will fall for it! I dont understand how people can be so careless about it! Why would yahoo even do something like that? If they were going to recycle email addresses, it would deter me from ever signing up again! I wouldnt want to get someone else's spam. So yahoo wouldnt do that. They already have things set in place for getting rid of inactive accounts. Wow. I just cant believe how stupid people can be at times!
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• United States
27 May 09
most people probably wont even notice that it isnt the yahoo account!
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks for the alert. The more people who know, the less who will fall for the scam. If you know someone who has fallen for this scam, please have them contact Yahoo immediately and to change every single one of their system passwords even if they are different from the Yahoo account. Also, report the scam to the FDIC internet crime. The sooner it gets reported, the sooner the tech guys can shut these scammers down.
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@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
27 May 09
OMG! another scam. I am glad to came with your discussion, it is indeed a warning. So far i haven't got this kind of email but if i had i will surely not believe it. I am always cautious about scams and i really hate it. I just don't understand why some people fall for such scam when they knew that they we're active on using yahoo on the first place and knowing that it ask personal information it means a hint that it is a big scam. Those scammer's are really pathetic.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
27 May 09
i do believe that yahoo is not doing enough to stop this scam of a thing, every now i then i receive mails that i have won an incredible prize which is beyond my imagination, the last time i receive an e mail that my email has won a lotto in the united kingdon and that was about the world cup 2010, i couldnt believe that i can won 10 million pounds even without me investing a dime
• Malta
27 May 09
Thanks for your scam alert. It is very useful. I have a Yahoo mail account and I do not want to do without it or even worse be hacked!! I like it because on Yahoo mail I can see both my emails and the news! I have also noticed that Yahoo are increasing safety. For example, they have asked me to add two security questions a few days ago. Like you said, they always use logos when they send information and the request to add security question was not sent as an email, but as a reminder as soon as I logged on to the mailbox. Also, I received a confirmation from Yahoo that the information has been accepted. It is important to beware of these individuals who try to do anything to get to personal information.
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@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
27 May 09
i would be really super duper quadruple stupid if i fall for that. =========== maybe you could send that email to yahoo support, because its fraud, who knows they may be able to catch those hackers and get the punishment they deserve.
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
27 May 09
I'm on their support chat right now, but all their agents are currently busy assisting others..........go figure
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
27 May 09
probably a lot of users have fallen for this already...?
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
27 May 09
I talked to a Yahoo agent and he confirmed that it's a phishing scam to obtain passwords. hopefully they shut them down quickly.........and prosecute!!!
• United States
28 May 09
They deactivated my account and said if I paid a certain amount every month I wouldn't have to worry about it getting deactivated again due to lack of use. I am not sure it was a scam...what did you find out?
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
28 May 09
I hope you didn't give them any money. Yahoo is ALWAYS FREE.....they would never charge you any money.
• United States
28 May 09
I did not give them any money. But that is the message I got when I went to my site. I didn't get an email. I went to sign in and there was a message that my site has been deactivated and if I want to avoid this in the future to upgrade to Yahoo premium. I just ignored it....
@savypat (20246)
• United States
28 May 09
I ran in to this one last month and reported it to yahoo, they were very nice and sent me a thank you. It's good to get the warning out again.
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
28 May 09
I reported them through Yahoo live support chat......like you said. they were real nice and helpful.
@anangf (1148)
• Indonesia
27 May 09
Hmmm...useful info. I never received such email yet. But if i do, i never fill out my information. As you say there is no header, right? But you see who was sent it. Just ignore. At my friend experience, he has received a request from 'paypal' to report his password account. the reason is database has been broke, please update your account info... Its very terrify..
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
27 May 09
I talked to a Yahoo agent and he confirmed that it's a phishing scam to obtain passwords. yeah that PayPal scam has been going around for quite a while now. that's why NEVER give out your info through your email....if you get a message and you want to check it out.....go directly to the site yourself...never through email.
@mikeley (321)
27 May 09
Hey:) I hates scammers as we all do but this one is ridiculous! To actually make up and send a form like that takes stupidity of an unknown kind lol I just hope everybody realises this isn't a real massage from yahoo,its just another lowest of society scam artist at work. Take care Mikey:)
@sconibear (8011)
• United States
27 May 09
I talked to a Yahoo agent and he confirmed that it's a phishing scam to obtain passwords.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I got this email too.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
2 Jun 09
This is so silly and so obviously a false claim. Unfortunately bear, there are some very silly people out there who would read that and immediately think "Wahhhh!!!" and fill in and send off the form. I don't know why they don't see or heed the warnings. Perhaps these people need to be caught out so they learn what not to do...but then again, if they get caught once they will probably get caught twice.
@betlynfrnds (1705)
• United States
31 May 09
Ah yes, I remember that one. I got that email about a month ago. It scarred me at first, but I quickly realized that someone is trying to steal my identity. I reported it to Yahoo. Then I deleted that crap. Wouldn't it be great if people would grow up, get a life and be happy with their own identity while leaving yours and mine alone. I had something very similar with paypal. I also reported that junk to paypal and they took action. NEVER, EVER, EVER give any of your personal id to these jokers. Oh and by the way, my email address at yahoo was never deactivated from the database and I did not comply with this theif. Isn't that interesting? Thank you for the info. sconibear. I actually meant to put a post on myLot after this happened. I was offline for a while. I'm glad someone did. Have a wonderful day.
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
29 May 09
So this is a real situation? It's not one that's being debunked by snopes.com? Sorry for seeming cynical, it's just that there have been so many warnings about stuff which Snopes loves debunking that I have my doubts whenever I hear things of this nature.
• United States
29 May 09
I've got ton 1 of several of those myself the first time i read one i giggled and said to myself What you dont want my address and social security number to? lol not very bright are they
@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
28 May 09
Well done for posting this! There is sure to be some people out there that will believe this is true and will give the details....it really bothers me that people think they can do this to innocent people and ruin their lives by stealing money and identities!
• United States
28 May 09
Yes I got that one too. I sent mine to yahoo.
@lisakg (26)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 May 09
Whenever I get an e-mail asking me for personal information I just delete it. I tell myself even if it is authentic they'll just resend it. Usually whenever I delete an e-mail of that type I never get another one like it.
@deborahwd (105)
• United States
28 May 09
I really don't no what it is But I can say something is going on out there, my desktop stated that I must reboot my pc so I said yes, the next thing I no my pc went blank and now all it will do is a dig sign will go by stating check system cable, I don't no what that means, everything is on but nothing but mine was with nortons. would anyone care to help with this.