Is This Email Really from Yahoo?
I received an email from Yahoo, informing me that I have to update my information. Is this actually from Yahoo?
Here is the email:
You were correct to be suspicious. It’s a fake. You’re the target of a phishing scam, in which a bad guy was hoping to trick you out of your name and password.
I get questions like yours often, so I checked with Yahoo (easy, since I work there) to see if the company ever sends out account-problem emails.
The answer is sometimes. If your account is attacked or compromised, Yahoo will lock it first and you’ll get a “You need to change your password” screen when you try to log in to Yahoo. If you’ve supplied Yahoo your cellphone number, you’ll also get a text message telling you what’s going on.
But guess what? I didn’t need to ask Yahoo to find out if your email was a fake. All kinds of things give away that this was not a real message from Yahoo:
• The presence of the old Yahoo logo instead of the new one.
• The goofy capitalization, spacing, and hyphenation (“Please Re-Activate your Account Now”).
• The run-on sentence (“Your e-mail account has exceeded its limit and needs to be verified and updated, If not verified within 12 hours, we shall suspend your account.”).
• The missing punctuation at the end (“Thank you”).
• The generally amateurish look of the whole thing.
• The fact that when you point to the “Re-Activate” link without clicking, the pop-up bubble shows you what website will actually open, as you can see here. And guess what? It’s not Yahoo!
But never mind all that. There’s a very simple way to make sure that you’re never taken in by a phishing scam.