Driving through the neighborhood on any given day, you might receive a whole slew of solicitations. For instance, you might receive offers to have your windows cleaned while waiting at the stoplight or another friendly driver who you cut off might offer you advice on where you can stick a certain thing. This isn’t even to mention certain scantily clad ladies of the night who are letting you in on the option to partake in their services. Likewise, when you find yourself checking your email everyday, you might only have two or three that are actually from people you know. Besides solicitations for auto advice, meeting singles, or helping out Nigerian princes, you might’ve received a supposed trusted email asking you to kindly reset your password.
”What I meant to say was, Sorry Friend for intercepting your lane, please accept my humblest apologies”
Emails Asking For A Password Reset
The first thing you should know in regards to unsolicited spam emails asking you to reset your password is that they’re 95% likely to be a scam. These spam email marketers claim to be from Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube and other recognized sites and they claim to be looking out for your best interest because there was a hacking attempt or for security measures. These unsolicited emails are elaborate too, they’ll include a company logo, a professional letterhead, and might even redirect you to a website that looks really similar ala Yahooo instead of Yahoo.
If you ever receive an email asking you to reset your password, the most logical thing you can do is delete it and move on with your day. If it was a legitimate inquiry to change your password or login information, the company will contact you again. Also, most sites like Yahoo or Google state in their user agreement that they’ll never ask you for your password or other log in information. The reason people try and acquire your login details is to send out emails from you to people in your contacts list hyping up certain products or offers. Since this email is ‘from you’, your friends are more likely to take part in these promotions.
”Little Jeffy needs $480? Let me get my checkbook.”
Besides affiliate marketers who get paid to use your email to solicit your friends, there is a more malicious base out there who sends you unsolicited emails asking for your password so that they can gain access to your information. These people will then try and steal your identity to sign up for credit cards, purchase things on eBay and just generally cause a nuisance. Never open an attachment in these unsolicited emails because they can be infected with viruses that wipe out your computer data or search for private information.
The best thing to do is have a strong password mixed with letters and numbers, preferably something you won’t forget. If you receive one of these emails you can also report it to the company that the solicitor is pretending to be to see if Yahoo or the like wants to pursue fraud charges. Still, the best advice is to just delete these trash emails and keep surfing. Just like the lady of the night can come knock on your window to see if you want to get “freaky freaky”, it’s up to you to simply drive away.