AOL EXPIRED MAILBOX SCAM IN YOUR AREA
Hoax Slayer are warning the public that E-mails pertaining to be from AOL MAIL TEAM are being sent out by cyber thieves, who are only after your personal details for criminal use.
The original hoax e-mail
Those using other e-mail services should also be on the look-out, as once this sort of scam affects one system, others often soon follow.
Further information on this scam is available on the original Hoax Slayer warning, sections of which I will copy below for your advice.
Email purporting to be from the “AOL Mail Team” claims that your AOL mailbox has expired and, therefore, some incoming email has been “placed on pending” until you click a “validate” link.
The email is not from AOL and the claim that your mailbox has expired is a lie. The message is a phishing scam that is designed to steal your financial and personal information.
If you click the “validate” link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to provide your AOL account username and password. Online criminals can collect the information you submit and then use it to hijack your AOL account. Once they have gained access to your account, they can use it to send spam and scam emails in your name as well as collect even more of your personal information.
Criminals have distributed many similar AOL scam messages in recent years. If you receive one, do not follow any links or open any attachments that it contains.
It is always safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app. You can report AOL scam emails via the reporting details on the AOL website.