Five to six emails everyday that get by Gmail‘s spam filters carry a message similar to the following:
In accordance with our terms please visit here to verify your information on our secure, private site to ensure our records are accurate.
That is a phishing message, attempting to fool me into giving away my details. mx.geocities.com is a Yahoo! owned Geocities site for Mexico. Anyone can register a page, and this one redirects to a home loan/mortgage website. Other addresses in other similar mails:
The senders email address is always different, and from different domains. GMail’s spam system isn’t able to stop these, so my only recourse is to set a filter. All mails with the word “geocities.com” will now go directly to Trash.
Unfortunately, some messages from Yahoo! Groups also carry a mention of geocities, so that goes into trash too. I’ve already got enough to read/scan and write every day, and I can’t deal with spam coming directly to my main mailbox. GMail, otherwise is most efficient.
Also, seems like this isn’t new:
- Admartinator gets mails for diet pills from sites hosted on Geocities
- Spamcop.net has this discussion. One message: “SpamCop’s Parser says “geo-abuse[at]yahoo-inc.com does not wish to receive user-copied reports.“. I think this makes this Yahoo! message on spam at Geocities redundant.