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Yahoo real or not?

by Amos16 / March 7, 2013 2:46 AM PST

Yahoo (or someone pretending to be Yahoo) has been asking me, twice in the last few days, to "renew" my log-in details, including username and password, otherwise I might be "disconnected" Some of the messages contain faulty English. Now I never give these details unless absolutely sure of the sender. Does anyone know if this is a genuine request, or could you find out with the real Yahoo if it is? Thanks.

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I would say not..
by Carol~ Moderator / March 7, 2013 5:41 AM PST
In reply to: Yahoo real or not?

I would (immediately) say it's not real, if the English is "faulty" as you say. I'm also taking into consideration what was posted yesterday in the News thread. You might benefit from reading it.

Yahoo Mail Accounts Have Been Getting Hacked for Months

More importantly, I would suggest reading "Received an unsolicited email asking for password or other personal information" and "Suspicious Activity" from Yahoo Account Help. They should help determine whether they are real or not.

I would recommend changing your password, even if you come to find it is legitimate. You have nothing to lose by making the change.

Best of luck..

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Sounds Like Somebody's "Fishing".....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 7, 2013 11:46 AM PST
In reply to: Yahoo real or not?

I've got a Yahoo account, and so do some of my customers.. None of us have seen such a request.

Hope this helps.


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by Amos16 / March 12, 2013 2:14 AM PDT

Tks Grif. Somebody or something seems to be interfering with my reply to Carol. I meant to say that I am well aware of the warnings regarding mail etc. But changing password may seem easy to somebody of her generation. Being in generation +2 my memory is not up to recording frequent changes, and then it would mean writing it down. Which might defeat the purpose of keeping it secret. So I am now in a quandary and will most likely stay there. The last time somebody tried this trick on me I just did not reply, nor did I open further mail from the same addressee. And nothing bad happened. So, keeping fingers crossed, I probably will do the same now. Unless there is a very red and very large warning from Carol and you. Thanks again - Amos.

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"Not Replying" Sounds Good To Me Too ! Plus...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 12, 2013 4:35 AM PDT
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....placing it on your SPAM list in your email client would be a good step toward preventing a re-occurrence.

Hope this helps.


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by unc_ / March 10, 2013 12:44 PM PDT
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this is not real ....if u are using what they consider a rare or illegal id it is a trick it is a window to a keylogger so they steal ur password

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and who are u ?
by Amos16 / March 12, 2013 1:59 AM PDT
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Hello unc__ Sorry but I know too little about you to consider following up on your post. If it is a definitive statement I would like to see your authority for making it. Because guessing as much as you imply has been the gist of my question. Thanks for replying anyway.

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