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Saturday, January 20th, 2018 12:57 AM

Unidentified login on my email

Received email from yahoo saying someone tried to login to my email account from unrecognizable device. It was not me but link provided by Yahoo takes me to ATT uverse account and not my personal that was flagged for login. How do I find out what device tried to login my account?

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6 years ago

Sound like phishing email to me.  How would the servers know what kind of device is talking to them anyhow?  Below is my standard list of things to look for when trying to identify a phishing email:


  • Never trust what is printed.  Just because it says it's from so-and-so doesn't make it true.
  • Look for obvious or stupid spelling or grammar errors.   That is usually an indication the email is suspicious.
  • Look at the From (sender) email address.  If it's not, in ATT's case, an @att.net domain, that's a dead giveaway.  This of course is not 100% reliable since the sender email address is so easy to spoof (fake).  You can even do it the yahoo webmail.  But university .edu domains are popular so many phishing attempts may have those and the senders are too stupid or lazy to spoof.
  • Look at any clickable links or email addresses in the email.  Mouse over, don't click, them.  Most browsers and email client apps will show you what the actual link is.  That can't really be hidden easily and you will almost certainly see links to strange places or emails to strange recipients.  Bonus: if you think it's a shortened link, that alone is suspicious in itself, but you can put it into in a short link expander to see what the real link is.  You can find many of these in a google search.  CheckShortURL is a good one.  Not only does it expand shortened links so you can see the real link it also shows you a picture of what the web page for that link looks like.
  • Finally, if you know how, look at the email routing in the raw email text headers.  That will allow you to see the paths the email took from the sender to you.   Probably the sender may not even be in this country.
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