Yet another email account phishing scam is hitting inboxes. This version urges you to strengthen the security of your mailbox account by clicking a “verify” link. It claims that an extra verification is needed to help keep you safe.
The message is not from any legitimate mail administrator.
Clicking the links in the email opens a fraudulent website that hosts a form that asks for your email address and email account password. After you supply your email account credentials, you may see a notice claiming that you have successfully verified the account.
The crooks can now collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your email account. They can then use the account to send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name.
Quite a few Internet services now use the same login details for email, online storage, apps stores, and other services. So, the criminals may be able to access not only your email account but your linked services as well. They may be able to harvest a large amount of your personal and financial information and use it to steal your identity and make purchases in your name.
Scam emails like this are very common.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: Your email requires verification
Please strengthen the security of your mailbox account [email address removed]. To help keep you safe, we require an extra verification.
Verify [email address removed]
Please note that this message is an automatic warning that your mailbox security needs upgrade
If this was you then you can safely verify this email
If you’re not sure this was you, a malicious agent might have your password. Please review your recent activity and we’ll help you take corrective action.
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