There’s an email purporting to be from Yahoo, advising customers to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo Mail. This is a phishing scam and the email is not from Yahoo, but from an internet marketing site (

If you enter your Yahoo log in and password, the fake Yahoo site captures that data and uses it for unlawful online activity and possibly identity theft.

These cyber crooks re-purpose content and creative’s to mimic the real Yahoo web site and or service announcement emails.

Thanks to my Web of Trust Firefox add-on, I was able to immediately identify this email as forgery.

Actual Email

 Yahoo Mail Upgrade Phishing Scam

Dear Customer,

We appreciate that you have been with Yahoo! Mail for the past years. We are looking forward to bringing you an even faster, safer, easier-to-use Yahoo! Mail very soon.

If you’ve already upgraded to the latest Yahoo! Mail, thank you.

If not, in about a month from the date of this email, when you sign in to your Yahoo! Mail account, we will ask you to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail. But you don’t have to wait. You can have the newest Yahoo! Mail today.

You can upgrade now to the newest Yahoo! Mail if your browser is Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Safari 4, or Chrome 5, or newer.

Update Now (link removed)

Yahoo! Account Services

The senders email is which obviously has nothing to do with Yahoo. If you receive this service announcement, delete it immediately.