On the evening of Monday 16th July 2012, I received an email in my Yahoo email account on my blackberry. It was from “Yahoo!”, and read as follows:
We have discovered that your Yahoo mail account has been accessed on multiple computers and from different locations, We strongly suggest that you upgrade and secure your account immediately to avoid the suspension.
Please click on the link below to update and secure your account with our new security update.
Now, I know that I’m guilty of ‘multiple logins’ into my internet accounts due to the large number of apps and devices I use for my internet browsing. Still, I was suspicious. As I was also browsing on my laptop at the time, I decided to check out the email on my laptop browser. I opened and read it again, and the suspicion grew. Why would Yahoo! send me this email, when I was already securely logged in via my blackberry?
I decided to follow that link, and it led me to a page that was ALMOST IDENTICAL to the regular Yahoo! Mail login page.
Then I checked the address bar, and saw this address: “http://sharonha.com/modules/yahoo.com/”
So my suspicions were well-founded! This was a phishing site, that would imitate legitimate email accounts to trick people into giving up their email account login details!!
I was able to discover this crooked attempt because I’m tech-savvy, and I’m very security conscious. But think of the huge number of regular email users who are not tech-savvy! As soon as they see the Yahoo! logo, they would simply put in their account login details. And once that is done, they may as well kiss their accounts goodbye.
When surfing the world wide web, please be very careful about where you login. There are many fake sites that imitate legitimate commercial sites (like facebook, Yahoo!, Gmail, Ebay, Paypal, etc) and trick people into giving up personal and financial login details.