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Secure Your Inbox; Protecting your (Yahoo) Mail account from phishing scams and hackers

internet_abuse_spamSign-in Seal

Sign-in seals are a safeguard from Yahoo! Mail. They help you fight online phishing scams (people trying to trick you into giving up your password or personal information by spoofing legitimate web sites).

Here’s how your sign-in seal works: You provide us with an image (such as a personal photo) or a secret message. Whenever we ask you to sign into Yahoo! Mail, we’ll display your image or message. If it’s not displayed, you may have landed on a “spoofed” site. It only takes a minute to create your sign-in seal.

Note: Your sign-in seal is saved on the computer that you create it on, not on Yahoo! Mail’s servers. So if you use more than one computer or browser, you’ll want to create a sign-in seal for each one. Also, don’t create a sign-in seal on a computer you share with strangers, such as those in libraries, Internet cafés, and other public places

Phishing Tips

Avoiding phishing scams is tough. Phishers know every trick in the book, and they’re dreaming up new ones as we speak. So here are some things to keep in mind while you’re online:

Don’t believe every warning you read—especially pop-up warnings that appear while you’re surfing the Web. Unscrupulous companies use pop-up ads to display false warnings about your computer. Ignore them.

Do NOT click any button in these pop-ups, such as a “Close” or “No” button, or the “Close” box that may appear in the upper-right corner of the pop-up. Doing this might install a virus or other malicious software on your computer. To safely close a pop-up ad, press Ctrl-W (if you’re using a Windows computer) or Command-W (on a Mac computer).

Be suspicious of “free” advice.You may receive an email that claims to be from a computer expert, warning you of a virus. These are usually hoaxes. Do not follow the steps described in any email unless you’re sure the threat is real.

There is no Yahoo! Lottery. Don’t be fooled by people pretending to be Yahoo! and offering cash prizes. We would never send you information about a contest you never entered. If you’ve received a message like “Final Notification: Yahoo! Mail Winner!” or “Your Email Address Has Won $XX million,” it’s a scam. Don’t reply to the email, don’t click any links in it, and never divulge any personal information. Instead, click the “Spam” button.


Phishing is the act of creating legitimate looking messages, masquerading as a trusted entity to lure you into clicking on emails that are designed to steal vital personal information like your password and financial data. To prevent such email forgery and spoofing we use DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) which allows senders to digitally sign their emails so that Yahoo! Mail can then verify the authenticity of the sender. In addition, Yahoo! Mailsupports Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), a specification spearheaded by major technology providers and email senders to collectively fight spam and phishing scams.


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Posted by on 03/29/2013 in Uncategorized


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As Online Users Become More Adapt To Internet Scams; Scammers Find New Tactics To Exploit

Greetings to you, my friend.
I know this will come as a surprise to you, because you do not know me. My name is Abdul Al-Shallah and I am the son of a deposed government official in Nigeria.

Sound familiar? It’s a boilerplate opening for one of the most common scams in the known world — the Nigerian scam, also known as the “419 scam” or the advance fee scheme. The elements are always the same: someone (preferably royalty or some sort of official) has come into a lot of money, but needs another person outside of the country to use their money for a bribe (or to pay legal fees among other means) to spring the money free. The result is also predictable, with a wire transfer to a con artist’s account and a fake check that confirms a scam has taken place.

imagesThis scam is a hallmark of the Internet, but it’s actually much older than that — the advance fee scheme in its modern incarnation dates back to the early 1980s, and various forms can be traced back to before the 20th century. The reason that it sticks around, unsurprisingly, is because it never ceases to swindle millions of dollars from duped victims. The scheme, and many others like it continue to flood inboxes daily, often hitting the Spam folder before you ever lay eyes on it, waiting for a more trusting person to make a trip to the Western Union.

But that’s not to say that Internet scammers are resting on their laurels and leaving their dirty work to these classic methods. As Internet users become more sophisticated (and laugh at the advances of the forlorn Nigerian prince or similarly befallen individual), the chances of finding a willing innocent victim slowly dwindles. Like any other industry, scammers are looking for smarter, more efficient ways to reach their big payouts and to keep their “businesses” running smoothly, so they are forced to adapt and reach new extremes to get their money.

Now, security experts are seeing disturbing trends among scammers that make the old schemes appear to be child’s play. Appealing to the emotional pull of a victim is now just part of the scheme, which now includes familiarity dupes and long-term schemes to raid a bank account. These cons are more targeted, more ruthless and can take out even large corporations and entire governmental programs. There’s a new evolution in Internet con artistry, and it’s putting everyone at risk.

Check out the four new and scary ways con artists are getting their money on the Internet, and real-life examples of how they work by clicking The Next Web – Four New Ways Online Scammers Are Taking Your Money.

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Posted by on 03/17/2013 in Uncategorized


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Internet Fraud Resources

Internet fraud is an issue that many people experience. The best way to fight fraud is to learn how to detect and avoid becoming a victim. If you have already been victimized then there IS help available. Below is a link which will lead you to a list of official Government web resources provided by USA.GOV to help you learn and report online fraud.

Click here for the link of resources.

Clicking the link provided will bring you to a list of different resources which I’ve posted below. (However, you need to go to the website to actually click on the different links.)

Reporting Internet Fraud:

Child Pornography on the Internet
Complaints about Foreign Companies
Consumer Complaint Form
Further Ways to Report Internet Fraud from
Identity Theft
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Internet Investment Fraud

Learning about Internet Fraud:

Avoiding Internet Investment Fraud
Cyber Crime Information
FBI Kids’ Page – Internet Safety Tips
FBI Warning about False FBI E-mails
Financial Crimes (International) (PDF)
Identity Theft: Trends and Issues
Identity Theft Information
Internet Do’s and Don’ts for Kids
Internet Protection Information for Consumers and Businesses
Kids’ Privacy and the Internet
Personal Information and Computer Security
Phishing Scams
Statistical Data and Reports on Internet Fraud


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Posted by on 03/05/2013 in Uncategorized


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