Email Fraud Alert: America Online (AOL) Fraudulent Schemes and Scams

Email Fraud Alert: America Online (AOL) Fraudulent Schemes and Scams

If you receive the following AOL email, please be aware that it is fraudulent.  Emails of this type are designed to get you to provide personal information such as your bank account number, routing number, social security number, birth date, etc.

The information obtained is used to secure a credit card in your name, or draft a payment from your checking account.  If you receive this fraudulent AOL email, please report it to your internet service provide and to your email hosting provider.

Dear John.Smith@internet.com:

We use this medium to notify you that your AOL account has generated some errors on our MySQL Database and you are required to follow all instructions given to you in order to correct this problem.

During our regular account verification procedure, we encountered a technical problem and we could not verify your information which we have on file. Your account data could not be recovered due to system errors resulting from Windows update. As a result of this, your information which we have on file is incomplete and your account functions are abnormal.

In respect to the above, you are urgently required to re-submit your information via our servers so that we can fully verify your AOL account; otherwise, your access to AOL services will be deactivated until you pass the verification procedure.

We strongly require that you click here to verify your AOL account!

Note that failure to verify your account immediately will lead to permanent deactivation of your AOL account..

We are very sorry for the inconveniences this might have caused you and we assure you that everything will return to normal as soon as you have done the needful.

AOL Technical Team

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  1. Robbi Warren
    Robbi Warren 13 May, 2016, 05:42

    I’ve been receiving emails saying my AOL account need to be updated

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  2. Charlie
    Charlie 3 November, 2014, 11:52

    I had recently changed my password on AOL and they had someone trying to send an email out on my AOL address. Their email was listed as vivekfree@yahoo.com and I received one yesterday listed as someone else that might have the same ID or is trying to use my address again. I want you to find out who this might be and notify me immediately. My credit score has went from nearly 700 to 550 in less than a year.

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    • admin
      admin Author 8 November, 2014, 17:42

      We recommend that you first change the password on your email account. Then, forward any fraudulent emails to aol_phish@abuse.aol.com, then delete the emails.

      If you feel that your identity may have been stolen, or personal information has been used that affects your credit report, contact the three credit reporting bureaus and request a copy of your credit reports. You can request one free report from each bureau each year through https://www.annualcreditreport.com/.

      Once you obtain the reports, look for any accounts that you did not open. If you notice any, follow the credit reporting bureau’s process for reporting the fraudulent activity.

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