‘Violation of Spam Activities’ Phishing Scam Email

Email purporting to be from your  Webmail Administrator claims that, unless you click a link to verify and upgrade your account, your email address will stop receiving messages because the system has  detected a ‘violation of spam activities’.

Brief Analysis:
The email is not from any legitimate email administrator. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your email account login credentials.

Subject: Important Notification (email address removed)Account NotificationYour Email ( email address removed ) will stop receiving messages due to the fact that our system detected a violation of Spam activities.
You have to verify and up-grade your email address information to avoid account
termination. To verify and up-grade your email, simply click on the link below.Click Here to Verify & Up-grade your Account

Note: Failure to do this could result in lost of your email contents.
For your security, please keep your email address information up-to-date. If this
information changes, you can always update it by signing in to your Email account.

Thanks for using our service.

Webmail Administrator

Violation of Spam Activities Scam Email

Detailed Analysis:
According to this ‘Account Notification email, which was supposedly  sent by your Webmail Administrator, the  system has detected a violation of spam activities from your email account. Because of this supposed violation, claims the message, you will stop receiving emails until you click a link to verify and upgrade your account. The message further warns that failing to verify and upgrade as requested could result in ‘lost of your email contents’.

However, the message  is not from any legitimate email account administrator and the claim that you must verify and upgrade is just a criminal ploy  designed to steal your account login details.

If you are taken in by the bogus message and click the verify and upgrade link as requested, a fake ‘Outlook Web App’ webpage will open  in your browser. The webpage, which features  the Outlook logo, asks you to sign in by entering your email address and email password. Clicking the sign in button brings  you to the home page of your email provider.

Meanwhile, however, the scammers can collect your email address and password and use them to hijack your real email account. Once they have  gained access to your account, they can use it to send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name. The scammers may also be able to use  the same login details to access and misuse other services associated with the same account.

Phishing scams like this one are very common. Remember that no legitimate email administrator is ever likely to send you an email that demands that you click a login link to verify or  upgrade your account.

It is always safest to login to all of your online  accounts either by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted account app.

Last updated: June 17, 2016
First published: June 17, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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