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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 01 Aug 2014, 05:17

Talktalk must have an efficient filter, I never see these now, or penis extensions either!
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Re: Spam email

Post by Sunray10 » 25 Sep 2014, 22:55

I see them often as spam messages Stanley. I don't need one of those extensions - te he he he :laugh5: :laugh5: :laugh5:

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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 23 Dec 2015, 07:02

I got an email yesterday from a trusted source. It had a link attached to a PDF supposedly containing news of Johnston Press, the publishers of the BET. I didn't like the look of it and have Firefox set so that it never redirects to another page. I considered opening it but decided to have a think. I went digging this morning and discovered that the site it was redirecting to, AlbayanOils, is a dangerous forgery and on no account should anyone log on to it. Looks like one of the 'take over your PC' scams. I have warned the actual sender that he has obviously been hacked.
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Post by Pluggy » 23 Dec 2015, 08:37

There is a high likelihood that the "sender" didn't ,send it. In my experience most of these kind of things are spam runs where the spammer has used one of the addresses in his database as a return address. The "sender's" computer doesn't enter into the equation. Email is the world's easiest thing to forge.

I'm a great fan of gmail, these days, I have it collecting email from 5 different providers and it very effectively filters it. The self emptying spam box gets 10 times as much stuff as my inbox. It very rarely gets it wrong. And because its web based, my email is where I want it to be, not on my main computer.
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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 24 Dec 2015, 05:28

I realise that Pluggy, the main thing is to be aware of the dangers of that site. Very similar to the attack I nearly allowed with the bogus Talktalk phone call..... It's a dangerous world out there!
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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 06 Jan 2016, 07:38

Had another of the Amazon spam emails yesterday purporting to say I had ordered goods from them. No action, just delted it because the last time I forwarded one to Amazon anti-spam address it bounced.....
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Post by Tizer » 15 Jan 2016, 10:06

Yesterday we were targeted with an email headed `Message from local network scanner' with a Reply To address of jpaoscanner@xxxxxx where xxxxx is our domain name. It had a file attached with a .doc extension. I did a search on the web and found it was described in January 2016 as: `An empty or blank email with the subject of Message from local network scanner pretending to come from jpaoscanner at your own email domain with a malicious word doc attachment. It is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking Trojans like Dridex or Dyreza and ransomware like cryptolocker or Teslacrypt." LINK It's specific to Windows PCs but it got zapped anyway!

Mrs Tiz's neice has had her old email address cloned and we're receiving messages from that address sent to our correct email address and with Mrs Tiz's correct first name. Each message begins with `Salutations' followed by Mrs Tiz's first name, then a web link, and ending with the niece's first name. The web addresses are part genuine, part gobbledegook.

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Re: Spam email

Post by plaques » 15 Jan 2016, 10:19

Every so often I get e-mails which look as though they are from people I know, usually cousins, with the opening word "Hi" followed by a URL link address. Straight into the bin. Its amazing how many people forward e-mails without deleting the previous sender. No wonder the scammers can get hold of loads of addresses.

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Post by Tizer » 15 Jan 2016, 12:12

Many people don't know the difference between CC and BCC and send out emails on CC with dozens of addresses visible. Even people in companies sometimes haven't been trained to use BCC or they don't carefully before pressing Send.

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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 16 Jan 2016, 04:40

I got one yesterday purporting to be from 'Visa/Mastercard'. As if! Guess what I did with it.....
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Re: Spam email

Post by PanBiker » 18 Jan 2016, 13:52

I had one from the Post Office to tell me that the package they were due to deliver had been seized by HM Customs and Excise as counterfeit goods and there was a link for me to click to claim compensation, right........

Nowt ordered and nowt expected I'll put up with the loss. :grin:
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Re: Spam email

Post by chinatyke » 19 Jan 2016, 02:50

I had a genuine apology in my HSBC account messages because of an outage to their system sometime earlier. The letter writer's name? Hackett.

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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 19 Jan 2016, 03:32

Not spam but we just had an outage in the internet connection. But Barlick is now receiving you loud and clear China.....
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Post by Pluggy » 20 Jan 2016, 09:41

Talktalk were probably doing some updates in what (for most people at anyrate) is the middle of the night. ;)
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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 21 Jan 2016, 04:36

Start of the day for me Plugs..... It's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird.... Old habits die hard and it seems to suit me.
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Re: Spam email

Post by Tizer » 21 Jan 2016, 10:40

Companies and other organisations make it increasingly hard for the public to spot scam emails because they send out a flood of their own marketing messages, some with silly titles so that it's difficult to tell them from spam emails. I'm sorry to say that Nationwide tend to do this now. M&S are awful, if we buy something from them online we get one or more emails a day. You can unsubscribe but it starts all over again the next time you make a purchase.

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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 22 Jan 2016, 05:01

I hate it when you log onto something like British Gas or Talk Talk and before they do what you want, they clutter your life up with sales offers. That in itself is spam!
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Re: Spam email

Post by Tizer » 22 Dec 2016, 15:50

Don't get caught out by a malicious scam email about parking tickets that's doing the rounds. We got it today and and I checked on the Web. It only needs someone to click on the link in the scam email and they'll get an unwanted nasty download. The details about it are on the police Action Fraud site on this link:
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Re: Spam email

Post by Wendyf » 22 Dec 2016, 16:41

There is a speeding fine scam doing the rounds as well supposedly from Manchester Police. I got one the other day but I had just read a warning on Facebook. It did mention speeding in a 35mph zone, which was a bit of a giveaway!

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Re: Spam email

Post by Stanley » 23 Dec 2016, 04:21

They are trying to catch the Xmas Spirit, people distracted by tinsel.....
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Re: Spam email

Post by Tizer » 04 Aug 2017, 08:22

If you have dealings with Nationwide building society beware of emails currently going around titled `Nationwide Secure Email - Secured Message' and an attached file named secure.doc. We've just had one but I looked up the title on Google and found a 3rd August 2017 warning about it: LINK

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