Yahoo Email Hacked Scam: How It Works
Beware of a new scam going around this week referencing the billions of Yahoo email accounts that have been hacked in the past. The scam comes as a fake press release sent via email and claims the fact that CNN and FOX News have confirmed the issues. This fraudulent scheme comes in the light of the new Yahoo class auction lawsuit against the company (September 2019), according to which Yahoo has agreed to pay $117 million as compensation to all the victims of the massive data breaches occurred a while ago. If you had a Yahoo account from 2013 to 2016 you may be entitled to receive up to $25,000 – read HERE. See how you can qualify and how to file a claim later on in this article.
Relying on all the buzz created about the Yahoo data breach settlement, criminals got into the game with this new scam email. The message states: “7 billion Yahoo accounts have been hacked. Your Social Security Number and also your computer are vulnerable now. Call (855) 740-4836 to protect yourself”. As many people have heard about the security issues, they comply with the request. How does the scam work? Through the good old premium line trap.
Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:
How Premium Rate Numbers Work Video
If you call, this is what happens. First, you hear an automatic message: “Your Yahoo account has been hacked. Please press 1 now”. If you do that, you will be kept on hold for several minutes, while your phone bill records “Premium” charging per minute.
Yahoo Data Breach Email Scam: How To Avoid
If major companies like Yahoo get hacked, you will hear about it in the news, not via email from a sender who has an email address that looks like the one below. Delete the email and go ahead with your day.
Yahoo Data Breach Email Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Yahoo Data Breach Email Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Yahoo or the Federal Trade Commission using the links below:
Yahoo Data Breach Settlement: Find Out If You Are Entitled to Compensation
As mentioned above, after the data breach class action lawsuit, Yahoo has agreed to create a settlement fund of $117 million, which will go to the real victims of the data breaches occurred from 2013 to 2016. If you had an account on Yahoo during that period you may be entitled to receive up to $25,000. How do you know if you can receive money from the Yahoo settlement? Click on the link below to visit the official settlement website:
Settlement Details/File A Claim
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