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Nielsen
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PostSubject: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyThu 27 Sep 2018, 09:15

Hi,
 
A mail list with my name on it appears to have gone astray – so if anyone claiming to be me mails you asking for loans et cetera, DON’T ANSWER!
 
I have just received a mail claiming that I stand to receive a gift voucher for DKR 10,000 to IKEA. I just need to fill in a few forms!
 
A – the mail sender seems an ordinary Hotmail account – suspicion # 1,
B – the alleged surname of the sender was guab – accounting to Urban Dictionary this is an acronym for ‘goofy, unimportant, ass bitches’ – suspicion # 2.
 
Conclusion: I have not opened said mail and intend to do a Shift-Delete on it.
 
Take care
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyThu 27 Sep 2018, 09:25

There are so many scams around these days, Nielsen, but you appear to have been savvy enough to not fall for the scam.  I had somebody ring me up and tell me there was something wrong with my telephone hub yesterday - I discontinued the phone call.  I've had emails telling me I need to pay for something on iTunes - when I'd never bought anything on iTunes!  This was a while ago and I did an internet search and it turned out that it was a scam and had happened to a few people.

Actually a funny email did go into my spam folder yesterday but it may not be because of your mailing list, Nielsen.

There is a site https://haveibeenpwned.com/ where people can look to see if their email has been "pwned".  It isn't 100% foolproof of course - one's email could have been hacked without it showing up on the site.  My yahoo email had been hacked so I use a different email for work now.
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyMon 03 Feb 2020, 17:18

Fellow Res Historians, just a heads-up that I received a phishing email purporting to be from HMRC to the effect I was due a tax refund.  I should be so lucky.  The email came from Soandsosomething@hotmail.com (obviously that wasn't the name used).  As phishing emails go it wasn't a very professional or convincing one.  I've moved it out of my inbox but haven't deleted it so I can forward it to HMRC phishing team.  I'm sure you'd all see through it but I thought I'd mention the scam; forewarned is forearmed.
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptySat 07 Mar 2020, 08:50

The board is VERY quiet at present.  I keep saying I'll have a break (or at least curtail my time on) from the internet.  Maybe this will be a suitable time to do so.  But I've had a message from Norton saying some people are using worries regarding the coronavirus to try and push scams.  I had a phone call the other day - prerecorded voice - a variation on the scam that BT was going to cut off my supply!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyTue 17 Mar 2020, 12:10

I suppose it was inevitable but apparently there are coronavirus scams doing the rounds.  As scams go that's pretty base but I shouldn't be surprised.  I think most visitors to this board would be sensible enough to be aware but I'll post the link to a story about one such scam in case any of you have friends or relations who are very trusting  https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10861743/coronavirus-warning-email-scam-wuhan-hack
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyTue 12 May 2020, 23:49

I've received a blackmail scam.  If it was true I'd have been living a more colourful life than I actually am.  Some years ago one of my emails was hacked.  I changed my password after that. Anyway this person said unless I bought x amount of Bitcoin and sent it to.such and such a place they would send a copy of a video of me doing naughty things to 9 of my contacts randomly.  Of course there is no porno video and I looked on the Bitcoin website and several people were reporting the same scam. It would be funny - I'm over 70 after all - if there wasn't the malice behind it.
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyThu 14 May 2020, 01:55

I've found out that the 'sextortion' scam is quite well known.  It was new to me. What was disconcerting was when I was looking for information online about the scam was that I found out that something invisible cslled a beacon can be embedded in an email that will give details of an IP address if you open the email. A VPN address or something called I think Thunderbird can help prevent a beacon working I read.  I don't have any confidential files on my computer currently but it's worrying. The virus protection on the laptop is sound - I'm not really au fait with that on the mobile phone
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PostSubject: Re: Warning - phishing   Warning - phishing EmptyWed 20 May 2020, 10:28

Most of the more egregious scams are debunked on snopes. The (beware of people at the door giving away masks that knock you out so that they can rob you) has come up repeadedly on facepalm lately.
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