Watch out. The old " Please Be Of Help................." virus is about again

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  1. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    I received a message a short while ago supposedly from somebody I'm in touch with occasionally. Easy to spot though because the person in question uses his second name, not Arthur.

    The e-mail (supposedly) comes from the person's valid address but the reply address (though similar) is different.

    As the X-Mailer is YahooMailWebService it may be connected with the recent Yahoo hacks.

     
  2. old-mo

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    :Angry:We had the same thing at Camping Floarantilles... on the way to Jim`s Marjal meet...

    The wife was on her puter sending e,mails..... and there was this horrible screeching noise from her puter...

    She shut down and within hours she was getting texts and phone calls from all her email addresses...

    They all said what`s up,,,, we were supposed to have been at Malaga airport,,,, been robbed of all money and cards and couldn`t buy a ticket to fly home...:Doh:

    Every one knew we were in the motorhome ,,, so didn`t get nothing from her friends etc...

    The first to phone was our Frankie (Yodeli) club member...

    Caused a lot of grief.... bastards.. :Angry:
     
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    We had an email from a deaf girl I used to support - they were supposedly in South America on holiday and had their passports and money stolen. I knew it wasn't her though, as the language used was that of a hearing person as opposed to the linguistics and syntax used by a profoundly deaf person.
     
  4. John Laidler

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    Whilst annoying to receive it is a lot more annoying to have your account hijacked like this. It happened to me about a couple of years ago. I still don't know how they did it. I know all about not taking sweets from or talking to strangers but they still managed to take over my account and sent out an e-mail from me to everyone on my contact list, which at the time was nearly 2000 people as it had all my work contacts on it. Apparently I was in Manila without a ticket.

    The clever bit was they also hijacked my mail account and put a redirection on it so if anyone did reply to the email, which would have been to my correct email address it didn't get to me as it was immediately diverted off to another address. I only found out about this because I simply stopped getting email - which made it an excellent spam filter but it also stopped me getting e-mails I did want.

    Needless to say it took some time (nearly a couple of days) to identify the problem and sort it out. I had a backup of the contacts as well although in the end I didn't use it as I took this as an opportunity to weed out those I didn't need any more - being retired. And none of them on the list sent any money - so good riddance to them all!
     
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    Oooooo .... errrrr ..... apparently I'm due a tax refund!

    Like I'd believe this!!!! :BigGrin:
     
  6. GJH

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    One way to prevent your address book being hacked is not to store addresses in a webmail or mail client address book. Another precaution is to use a mail client less attractive to hackers - one of the reasons I refuse to use Lookout/Lookout Distress.
     
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    A friend once suggested that I open a new free email account, starting, aaaaaaaaaa @-------.co .uk or .com etc. making sure to list it in my address book.
    The idea being that if the address book was hijacked, the first email sent out would be to the fictitious account which would be the first in the address book, thereby alerting me to the fact that something untoward, was romping around the address book
     
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    I received a 'help'email from a chum of mine,stating he had been robbed in Manila.
    I thought what a bonus air travel is especially as I was talking to him face to face that morning, when did they scrap Concorde?!
     
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