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Postby focus » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:08 pm

Tania wrote:Perhaps they get Focus to write them :lol:

Sorry Focus
i get five to eight scam e-mails a day
they go stright in to my scam box where i deleit them
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Postby sassy chick » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:58 pm

i got one saying it was from littlewoods telling me as one of their valued customers i had been chosen to recieve a cash prize, i wasnt even a customer :?
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Postby Magic » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:18 pm

I get loads claiming to be from curriers saying there's a redelivery charge :lol:

One of the better ones I've seen recently (not because it's done well but because it almost flies under the radar due to it's slimplicity) is a virus mail saying you've been logged downloading illegal material and enticing you to open the attached 'activity log'. It claims to be from a "Consorcium" though :roll:
The .exe was always a bit of a giveaway though...
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Postby Tomas Drouty » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:23 pm

I've had one claiming I've received a greetings card then asks me to click on this link to receive it.
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Postby sassy chick » Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:36 pm

Tomas Drouty wrote:I've had one claiming I've received a greetings card then asks me to click on this link to receive it.

get them all time :evil:
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Postby whitevanman » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:00 pm

magic wrote:The .exe was always a bit of a giveaway though...


What does that mean, magic, is it something to watch for in scams.
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Postby Magic » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:51 pm

More for the malware region. Basically, on a Windows system what a file contains is predominately determined by its extension; exe executable (program), doc document, wmv windows media video, ...

In the email the attached file is a zipped executable with an icon the same as a MSWord document. It's called "Report", for example. On a Windows system if you've got file extensions hidden (which is default for no real good reason) it looks just like a word document on the face of it. Unless you're scoping it out (it'll say application on the file properties for instance) you open it thinking it's a document and open the can of worms.
With file extensions shown it's listed as "Report.exe" which gets the alarm bells ringing.

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Postby Tania » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:20 pm

Thanks M&tey wish they could have airbrushed the double chins out though!
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Postby m8tey » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:26 pm

I didn't notice, i'll have to have another look....... :lol:
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Postby Caz » Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:50 pm

The latest scam e.mails relate to the credit crunch and the folding of some banks and financial concerns. They ask you to click on a link to log on securely. Don't do it! Delete the e.mails! They are scams.
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Re: Scam e.mail beware!

Postby Ihahim » Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:46 pm

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tax refund fraud involves phone calls now - http://myspybot.com/hmrc-email-phone-scam-virus/
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