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TIP - how to find out if it is a scam email

Published: Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Someone sent me the mail below, it looks very fishy and this is how I confirmed it as a scam.

screenshot-1: the original email: the email claims to be from Yahoo Account Service and there is a termination link to cancel the termination request.

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1) mouse over the email sender's name "Yahoo Account Service" to check the email senders real email address. In this case, the scam email came from "wrightsean22 at hotmail.com"

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I searched google for the email address and the results are scam / 419-related. You can always search an email address first on google to see what information it gives you.

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2) mouse over the termination link: and thats where the fish pops out of the water:

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Mouse over the termination request link and notice the "tinyurl" shortlink..., meaning there is a hidden link somewhere.

Right click on the termination request link and open in a new tab:The tinyurl shortlink goes to another page: http://kratoniaservice.uk.ht/server/.cancel/yahoo.htm (below), similar the yahoo's login page:

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Some technical jargons:

.ht is the top-level domain name for Haiti. The "public" and "server" directories of the website contain no content; while the ".cancel" directory contains the yahoo.htm webpage and a php file(zenit.php).....which will collect/receive the username and password entered into the above, and post it to the email-hacker.....thus he/she can take control of their victims email account.

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kratoniaservice.uk.ht resolves from IP-addresses: 185.28.21.40

Beware!!!

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