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Yahoo Email Hacked: Press Release

Yahoo Email Hacked Scam: How It Works

(with video below)  Beware of a new scam going around this week referencing millions of Yahoo email accounts that have been hacked. The scam comes as a fake press release via email and claims the fact that CNN and FOX News have confirmed Yahoo's issues.

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". 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 Email Account Hack Scam: How To Avoid

If major companies like Yahoo get hacked, you will hear 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 Email Hack Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to Yahoo using the link below:

Report Scammers to Yahoo Here


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