Popular defrauding trick/antic is to lure you into unknowingly give your email password away to FRAUDSTERS.
As such, they can use your email address to impersonate you to your friends and contacts.
One of such tricks is as below: a mail purported to have come from Yahoo! telling you to update your account by clicking a link.
BeWare… IT IS A FRAUD
From: Yahoo! Account Service <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:57 AM
Subject: Verification: Last Warning in 48hrs
Security Alert ,
click here to renew
Compare that email receipt with the followings:
Can you see any differences?
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR?
- Any email from Yahoo! must have their favicon, that small logo to left of message header
- also note their format for writing email title, as against the fraudsters’ style
- when you open the email, take note of the sender, if it Yahoo!, they would display their email
- check the email to reply to, especially by clicking to add to address book (plus sign besides the sender email address/name) and when you click “Reply”
- most importantly, do NOT click any masked link to reset password, reputable sites and organisations would provide full string of the link to click or copy/paste, in addition to the short, click here, etc
- as you can see in above and very many, placing your mouse on the link and you will see that it points to a different website