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Posted: by rose_mary on Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 at 4:25:51 PM
I've gotten this email a few times in the last week with the subject saying "Private Message" from the same household but I know they both have different email addresses. There is no information just a link.  I haven't opened any links yet. I did send a reply to the first one asking if it actually came from him but he hasn't responded. Has anyone heard if this is a scam or a virus? Thanks.

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Posted: by green_sleeves on Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 at 5:14:59 PM
In reply to: rose_mary "Private Message?"
haven't heard of this one (yet) but any time you get a link in an email don't click on it. Email the person back and ask them if they sent it. Many times I get emails from friends and I can tell right away their email has been hijacked. 
Do you have any website protection to warn you of potentially bad sites? I use WOT on all my browsers (nice little video to show you how it works- click on the bottom right broken square to open in full screen) and for web based emails it lets me know if it is green, yellow or red. (good, be careful, stay out).
I get/see a lot of red ones in facebook and my GMail.  If there is anything suspect I simply delete links or hover my cursor over the link and go down the list to 'check wot's scorecard'. Or you can copy and paste any link into the search on the last page I linked to and have WOT check it.
After all that is said and done....  the safest thing to do is never open links within emails unless the sender says they have added one. For all others in web sites I do have a level of trust with WOT or McAfee's Site Adviser.  
Both add on's are free and I'll take all the protection I can get LOL.
                                          


                                                                             

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Scam Scam Scam.....  Actions...
Posted: by Aggie on Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 at 5:47:34 PM
In reply to: rose_mary "Private Message?"

This is a scam (in my opinion) and I would simply delete all emails with this subject and never ever click on any link embedded in the email. And do NOT reply.

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/private-message-phishing-survey.shtml

Whata email program are you using? Is it a web based email program like Hotmail or gmail? I use windows Live and my phishing filter would no doubt refuse emails like that.

 

 

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edited Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 @ 5:54:15 PM by Aggie
 
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Posted: by rose_mary on Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 at 6:09:56 PM
In reply to: Aggie "Scam Scam Scam....."

hoax slayer and got this information:                                                                   

 Brief Analysis
The emails are scams designed to steal webmail login details as well as trick users into participating in online survey scams and visiting websites that contain malware. The stolen information is used to hijack email accounts. The hijacked accounts are then used to send further "Private Message" scam emails to people on the account holder's address list.   

Thank for the suggestions.                                                                                         

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Posted: by Aggie on Thu. 2 Aug., 2012 at 8:25:31 PM
In reply to: rose_mary "I checked"

That information is from the link I provided. All I did was to google this.

Private message email scam

 

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Posted: by rose_mary on Fri. 3 Aug., 2012 at 9:05:54 AM
In reply to: Aggie "Yes that's from......"
remember to do this if I'm ever in doubt. Thanks.  Does this mean that their email addresses have been hacked?

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Posted: by green_sleeves on Fri. 3 Aug., 2012 at 2:58:22 PM
In reply to: rose_mary "I must"
if they sent those emails- forward it to them (but disable the link). If they didn't send them I would advise them to change their password and email their contacts to please be careful of any suspect links in an correspondence until it stops plus run a few scans (Malwarebytes & superantispyware are free and very good). 

These are signs your email account has been hacked and it sounds like theirs has.
                                          


                                                                             

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Posted: by Aggie on Fri. 3 Aug., 2012 at 4:59:19 PM
In reply to: green_sleeves "just ask them"

I think you just have to recognize this and other emails as spam and to just ignore them and not waste time fretting about them..

I get at least 3-4 pieces of spam each day and just ignore by listing them as sopam in windows live. My live mail picks up email that resembles phishing and automatically puts them in the delete folder. Private message is just a lure same as Classmates saying you have a message from a long lost classmate.

Spammers use various techniques to gather email addresses. eg web spiders

 

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Posted: by green_sleeves on Fri. 3 Aug., 2012 at 8:01:01 PM
In reply to: Aggie "Maybe and maybe not....."
unless a good friend would be mortified Embarassed knowing her computer was sending out porn links. I'd email her and let her know so she can figure out what to do. My old Nellie was doing that to all my contacts so I Bcc'd them all letting them know it wasn't me and to delete asap. They know a link from me is safe because I mention it in my email.

                                          


                                                                             

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Posted: by Aggie on Sat. 4 Aug., 2012 at 6:22:01 AM
In reply to: green_sleeves "that's what I do"

Yes you are right. I was just meaning that in general we get so much spam that its best to recognize it as spam and ignore/delete it.

In this case it would help if we knew that the emails in question came from contacts known to the poster. Is she gets recurring emails with the same subject...."Private Message" from a known contact or contacts then yes I would get alarmed.

The poster was  correct to ask the contact if he sent that email but not by "replying" to the original email. This should have be dome by a separate email to the contact in question. My DS's mail box was corrupted this was but from the very first corrupted email from my DS it was very obvious that it did not come from him.

So the poster in this case would be wise, as you were, to notify the culprit email sender but by separate email not by replying to the original. .

Now I have a question about this WOT you are using. Does it work for emails? I would be curious to know what Wot (LOL) would tell you if I sent you an email using "Private Message" as the subject line.  I only use the phishing control that comes with my Live Mail.

 

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Posted: by green_sleeves on Sat. 4 Aug., 2012 at 1:50:39 PM
In reply to: Aggie "Yes you are right....."
WOT works on web based emails (Gmail...Yahoo etc). If there are links in my Gmail it shows the scorecard of green, yellow or red. If I click on a link in WLM that isn't safe ( insecure content warning).
If you sent me an email with questionable links WOT would warn me with a coloured circle. If one was red and I went ahead anyway and whatever site was not yet  rated based on millions of users’ experiences. 
 WOT covers the web page with a huge red and black warning so if you know the site is safe from being there before you can click out of the warning and proceed.
The scorecards are only as good as the people who mark them good, bad or dangerous.
Many that wot says are dangerous are safe, just not the best thing for a child to look at.
But for simple web browsing I like it. My searches show right away if sites are best left alone. Every single Google search I do shows the different colours of WOT. Not to say they are accurate 100% of the time but it does help quite a bit.
If you are super nervous (I know you are careful) there are plenty of ways to check web sites or links online.
                                          


                                                                             

No need to explain: your friends don't require it and your enemies won't believe you anyway.Grin


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Posted: by Aggie on Sat. 4 Aug., 2012 at 2:11:31 PM
In reply to: green_sleeves "not windows live mail"

I rarely if ever use a web based email as I use windows Live Mail and trust the phising control program of IE9. I don't trust web based email programs and don't like the privacy policies of most.  I'm careful but not nervous about emails. I open many links that are sent by friends. Mostly jokes and things. I also feel confident  that I can recognize a bad apple(email) when I see one. Famous last words but I have yet to open a bad apple. I receive a fair bit of spam but most if not all is picked up the Live Mail spam/phishing filter

Does WOT slow down your computer a bit?   Surely IE9 spam/phishing does the same filtering for web mail?

 

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Posted: by green_sleeves on Sat. 4 Aug., 2012 at 2:50:02 PM
In reply to: Aggie "Thank you for what WOT is about......."
any slowness from using WOT or McAfee's site adviser- even on the old computer. I found for IE9 using these aren't really necessary but since I use three browsers the other two are covered. 
When IE first starting their phishing filter I found it incredibly slow taking forever to load pages. That is fixed now- think Mozilla had the same thing but was faster.
I don't really pay attention to load speeds any more with the beastie, also Chrome is used 99.9% of the time anyway.Grin
                                          


                                                                             

No need to explain: your friends don't require it and your enemies won't believe you anyway.Grin


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Posted: by Koda on Fri. 3 Aug., 2012 at 11:19:23 AM
In reply to: rose_mary "Private Message?"
any e-mail with a link, unless it's from my husband. Not that I don't trust any of my friends but many times these seem to be forwarded messages, so nope I don't look & no one is the wiser. 




Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. — Simone Weil

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