AOL Terms of Service Fraud Email

Below is the Email my received and asked for my advice. I’ve never seen such kind of e-mail before. It looks little odd as it didn’t contain any link to click on.

However if you read this fraud Email you will see some clever trick.

The trick is the password. These thugs suggested a password. Many gullible users will fall for this and they will end up changing the password to be the same as mentioned in the e-mail.

Once you change password, these crooks will then login using this password and will have a free ride with your AOL account.

AOL Email Fraud
AOL Email Fraud

What about AOL Screen name? Well that is easy to guess and no brainer. These fraudsters will maintain a list of AOL user names and password, which they will send in such emails, and after once a while they ill try to login using them just in case someone fell for it.

When you receive such email just mark them spam and delete.

From: tos
To: aolusername
Sent: Thu, May 10, 2012 5:19 pm
Subject: Terms of Service.

Dear Member,

We want to inform you that your account was used to violate our Terms of
Service. Here are the specific details of the violation:

Screen Name: aolusername

Date: 2012-05-10 17:49:56.0

Wed, 9 May 2012 23:02:13 -0400 (EDT)
Violator: aolusername
Subject: Name

Please understand that we are sending you this email to inform you of what has
occurred on your account. We are aware that this may have been done without
your knowledge or authorization. If this is the case, we recommend that you
immediately run anti-virus software on all of your computers and reset all of
your passwords using the following guidelines:

All of your new passwords should meet the following criteria

1. Minimum of 8 characters in length
2. Not be one of the last 10 passwords you used
3. Contain characters from ALL of the following categories
a. At least one upper case character (A – Z)
b. At least one number (0 – 9)
c. At least one special characters (()#~!$%^&*-+=|{}[]:;”‘<>,.?/@)

Strong password example -> Pr0dfgfdg3453Ence@123

Please be advised that continued violations of our Terms of Service may result
in closure of your AOL account(s).

You can review our current Terms of Service at the following site:

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please note this screen name
cannot accept replies. If you have any comments or questions please forward a
copy of this email to:

AOL Community


3 responses to “AOL Terms of Service Fraud Email”

  1. Leena Avatar

    Today I received this message and I was wondering what is it all about. I could figured it out. Glad that I found your post, I can nopw safely send it to it’s grave.

    Tx for sharing.

  2. Roger Avatar

    I just changed my password thinking that something is really wrong. But I didn’t use the password they sent in the email.

    Only after reading this post I realized what they were looking for.

  3. I received this email but with one difference. I, on my aol name which is the administrator of the account, received the email regarding my sister’s aol name. Now, how did they know the relation?

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