The most pathetic phishing scam I’ve seen this week

Graham Cluley

Sometimes phishing scams are so brazen or pathetic, the only thing you can do is laugh.

After all, if you believed people really fell for emails like the following you would probably cry. This particular email, which asks you to reply instantly with your username and password (and, interestingly, whether you use Outlook Express or not), claims to come from the Yahoo Webmaster Team:

Clearly you would have to make a number of errors to fall for this particular scam:

1. You would have to not question why the Yahoo Webmaster Team is emailing you (and what might their power be over your email account), especially as it wasn’t sent to a Yahoo email address.

2. You would have to overlook that the bad guys didn’t even bother to forge the message to look as though it came from a Yahoo domain.

3. You would have to not be curious as to why your account was suspended – the email doesn’t explain what the possible reason might be.

4. You would need to overlook that the email…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.