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Standard User GeoffB
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 15-Oct-14 16:40:48
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Is this Spam?


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I've received a very realistic email from 'BT' saying that my classic Yahoo email is being withdrawn and I need to click a link to 'upgrade'. Is this genuine? It has the logo etc. but doesn't feel right somehow.

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Standard User ian_c
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 15-Oct-14 17:31:46
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Re: Is this Spam?


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I thought Yahoo had already been withdrawn. Rather than follow the link, why not login manually and see?

Standard User GeoffB
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 15-Oct-14 17:34:25
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Re: Is this Spam?


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It gives a date in the next few days when Yahoo will be switched off so it still works.
I use the BT site to log on anyway but I'm still on Yahoo mail, so it is still active for some users.

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Standard User dsergeant
(member) Wed 15-Oct-14 17:59:37
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Re: Is this Spam?


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That certainly sounds like spam. My BTYahoo email still works even though I left BT several years ago and they told me it was definitely going to stop working last April. No doubt in due course they will pull the plug on it but I have had nothing to indicate so and clearly not being a BT customer they are not going to migrate me to BT Mail (the account only gets spam nowadays anyway).
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 15-Oct-14 18:09:47
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My mum forwarded one, and the spam was very very good, all the right logos but underlying URLs went to the dodgy places.

Usual rule, never use a link in an email. Even if typing a URL into your web browser make sure you got the name typed correctly too. Relying on search engines does not always help, neighbours got caught out by one that was an advert that looked like the gmail login and guess what malware nasties arrived a day or two later.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Thu 16-Oct-14 14:04:45
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99.99% sure it is a phishing attempt.

They are near perfect - just ignore it.


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Standard User flippery
(committed) Thu 16-Oct-14 15:14:49
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Re: Is this Spam?


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It is spam, got caught but changed password immediately. No problems since.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 16-Oct-14 15:22:32
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DEFO SPAM


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Have just seen a copy and it is defo spam

Andrew

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Standard User lelboy
(committed) Thu 16-Oct-14 17:06:51
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Hello, As Andrew and others say - it's almost certainly spam/phishing.
I've been bombarded over the last few days with endless emails - to all my BT addresses - supposedly coming from
1) Amazon
2) Apple
3) BT
& 4) Sainsburys.
All have the typical spelling mistakes, and all ask me to "click here"!
Avoid like the plague.
Cheers, Les.
Standard User bowdon
(member) Fri 17-Oct-14 13:39:34
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That's definately a spam email. I get loads of them to my other yahoo email.

As a general rule I would either look at the properties of the email (preferably without opening the email) to check the links and urls, or just log manually in to your account via the web browser.. if there is anything to update or upgrade then it'll show up in there.

This is the problem with using an outside free email service like yahoo. It's open to attacks of all kinds from anyone.

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