Yahoo Mail Upgrade Phishing Scam

by on 04/03/2012 in Scams & Hoaxes, Security

There’s an email purporting to be from Yahoo, advising customers to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo Mail. This is a phishing scam and the email is not from Yahoo, but from an internet marketing site (

If you enter your Yahoo log in and password, the fake Yahoo site captures that data and uses it for unlawful online activity and possibly identity theft.

These cyber crooks re-purpose content and creative’s to mimic the real Yahoo web site and or service announcement emails.

Thanks to my Web of Trust Firefox add-on, I was able to immediately identify this email as forgery.

Actual Email

 Yahoo Mail Upgrade Phishing Scam

Dear Customer,

We appreciate that you have been with Yahoo! Mail for the past years. We are looking forward to bringing you an even faster, safer, easier-to-use Yahoo! Mail very soon.

If you’ve already upgraded to the latest Yahoo! Mail, thank you.

If not, in about a month from the date of this email, when you sign in to your Yahoo! Mail account, we will ask you to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail. But you don’t have to wait. You can have the newest Yahoo! Mail today.

You can upgrade now to the newest Yahoo! Mail if your browser is Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Safari 4, or Chrome 5, or newer.

Update Now (link removed)

Yahoo! Account Services

The senders email is which obviously has nothing to do with Yahoo. If you receive this service announcement, delete it immediately.

16 Responses to “Yahoo Mail Upgrade Phishing Scam”

  1. John Soares

    Apr 3rd, 2012

    Frank, I’ve used Yahoo as my primary e-mail account since 1999. I get at least one e-mail a day that’s trying to get my password — sometimes it’s two or three. Most don’t make it past the spam folder, but a few do.

    I’m surprised that Yahoo itself isn’t more proactive about preventing such e-mails from showing up in Yahoo mail users’ in-boxes and spam folders.

    • Frank Jovine

      Apr 3rd, 2012


      You would think Yahoo would block such phishing attempts, but Yahoo has lost focus on how to protect its customers.

  2. @ Frank :
    Oops, that E mail is a tricky one …..
    Looks rather genuine !
    Only the link would betray the real source, but of course you removed that for safety reasons.

    • Frank Jovine

      Apr 5th, 2012


      The links and email (from) address was the dead give away and the WOT reputation also helped.

  3. Chris James

    Apr 5th, 2012

    I’m really dissapointed with yahoo. I have a been a yahoo mail user for 15 years now and don’t want to switch to gmail because everyone knows my email address. The problem is every day there is something else that pushes me a little closer. How would yahoo not have filtered this out yet they are constantly filtering out legitimate emails I receive. I’m sometimes receiving emails up to 24hours after they were sent.

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    Apr 9th, 2012

    I already used yahoo for almost 13 years and thank god never received those emails. thank you for sharing..

  5. Attorneys for Personal Injury

    Apr 10th, 2012

    This is one of the biggest reasons why I don’t use Yahoo. I’ve always had problems with spam, phishing, and hackers. Gmail is definitely the way for me.

    Thanks for letting everyone know though!

    • Frank Jovine

      Apr 11th, 2012

      Mr. Attorney,

      All email vendors deal with spam, phishing and all the other harmful things. Gmail has the same issues as I have both Gmail and Yahoo.

  6. Bradley Dowden MD

    Apr 10th, 2012

    What surprises me is that people are still using Yahoo mail?!?!?!?! What a joke. That is the worst mail system and support team I’ve ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

    • Frank Jovine

      Apr 11th, 2012


      I use Yahoo Mail and have been since the early 90s. I like the interface, but at times it throws errors.

    • Malina McGinley

      Jun 24th, 2012

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I’ve been a yahoo user since the 90s . I was without a PC about 1 1/2 years ago for a couple of months and when I got my PC back I had close to 7000 BS emails in my inbox. A few months ago I went back to get old info off of my acct & had almost 10k!! Too much of a pain to try & delete on phone and my gmail is doing what my yahoo never could/would…. (BLOCK & KEEP EMAIL IN A SPAM FOLDER ). UNBELIEVABLE !!

  7. Rajiv

    Apr 23rd, 2012

    I have been old time yahoo user, that upgrade should do good.

  8. visubmitter

    Apr 23rd, 2012

    Yahoo mail is not a new thing. We cannot deny its influence in your life. But the important advantage of yahoo mail, but many of his illegal conduct marketing. This is absolutely not good. You should pay attention and be careful with the contents clearly pretending not to avoid fraud. If we really want marketing, there are many effective measures and legitimate, not fraudulent spam and it is free submit websites to search engines. Wish you success!

  9. Timmy @ rio grande valley

    Apr 24th, 2012

    These emails are annoying and they will never go away. I constantly receive these type of emails from Careerbuilder. The should really screen their employers.

  10. fda

    May 23rd, 2012

    what about this?sender:tech@yahoo.upgrade.service


    We use this medium to notify you that your Yahoo account has generated some errors on our MySQL Database and you are required to follow all instructions given to you in order to correct this problem.

    During our regular account verification procedure, we encountered a technical problem and we could not verify your information which we have on file. Your account data could not be recovered due to system errors resulting from Windows update. As a result of this, your information which we have on file is incomplete and your account functions are abnormal.

    In respect to the above, you are urgently required to verify your account; otherwise, your access to our services will be deactivated.

    We strongly require that you click here to verify your account!

    Note that failure to verify your account immediately will lead to permanent deactivation of your account..

    We are very sorry for the inconveniences this might have caused you and we assure you that everything will return to normal as soon as you have done the needful.

    Technical Department

    • Frank Jovine

      May 23rd, 2012

      That is not from Yahoo and they wouldn’t notify you about such issues. They will not have you verify your account because of errors. This is just another variation of a phishing scam.