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Need Your Advice -- Yahoo E-Mail Address Is Expiring?  RSS feed

 
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I have been using an e-mail address with the Yahoo for more than three years. Recently (in the past week), I have received this message (shown below) from admin@yahoo.com saying that my e-mail address will be expiring.
Two things make me feel suspicious about the notification. First, the e-mails always appear in the "bulk" folder. Usually, the bulk folder is where the spam mails are. Second, the name of the sender following "Best regards, Administrator" is alway "not" a ligitimate name (see the message below).
Therefore, I do not want to open the attachment for fear of some kind of virus. The name of the attachment is always "message.zip".
Do any of you have received similar mails? I need your advices regarding what is really going on.


Hello there,
I would like to inform you about important information regarding your
email address. This email address will be expiring.
Please read attachment for details.
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Best regards, Administrator
meumarwa

 
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That e-mail is a complete scam. Delete it all the time. I have had a Yahoo account for almost 5 years now, and I don't receive any such e-mails. Yahoo would never expire your e-mail account unless you have exceeded your storage or you haven't visited your e-mail in over a year.
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JiaPei Jen,
Don't open the attachment. It is a spam and it might have virus in it.
1. As you have noticed, if it is from yahoo admin, it will never end up in the bulk mail folder
2. Message will not be sent as an attachment (zip??? no way)
3. If it is a free account, AFAIK, it will never expire.
If you have second thought, send a mail to yahoo admin (search for their contact mail id) and ask them whether it is coming from them (I doubt it).
Sankar S.
 
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Thanks for the advices.
 
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It *IS* a known virus, Yahoo itself had posted this info sometime back. Search google/symantec for "message.zip virus"
HTH,
- Manish
 
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