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Old 07-21-2010, 02:56 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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This kind of emails are LOL and delete!
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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This is a recent scam that involves a keylogger. The infected computer hosts the keylogger keeping track of logins and passwords. The information is passed to the hacker who then uses them to access credit cards and bank accounts. The virus sends out emails, tweets and even accesses social sites to lure in friends and family to send money. If you receive such an email, contact your friend by phone immediately and tell them they have a keylogger on their systems and their personal financial accounts are at risk. Have them secure them and remove the keylogger from their system immediately. Never respond to suspicious emails by clicking on any links which can launch the virus to attack your system.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just received my first phishing email scam, supposedly from an old friend (also a Facebook friend) saying she was on vacation in London, got mugged, lost everything and needs money !! Only, the email didn't say how to send her the money ~

I was aware of this old scam; also know that my friend does not fly anywhere. But now that I opened the email I'm wondering if my contacts have been stolen by the scammer ????

Does anyone else have experience in this ?
Yeah, I've seen that once before. It was a name I knew of at CNET who "got mugged."
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Get a good anti-virus program and spyware scanner, and keep them up-to-date. nothing is fool-proof, but this will do a good job of protecting you from many keyloggers, viruses, and spyware out there. If you suspect a keylogger has been installed, get rid of it with one of these programs, and change your passwords to various sites, particularly ones related to your finances.

Another option is to use a program such as Roboform to store and enter your passwords. It allows you to enter passwords directly, without typing them. I think this would circumvent most keyloggers. Just make sure to encrypt and password-protect your “passcards,” in case the Roboform files fall into the wrong hands, or in case someone uses your computer without your permission.
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