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Old 01-18-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm posting about an email that came from the address of a friend in San Antonio. If it can happen to them, it can happen to you.

OBVIOUSLY its a scam, so please don't lecture me about not sending money etc. The difference with this letter from the typical Nigerian scams, is that it is the exact email address of a local friend. I closed the email and did not respond to it. To see if they were getting my email, I contacted them. They again responded....which indicates they've hacked their account and all their incoming email is now going to the hacker. It happens to be a Yahoo email address, but I don't think it really would make any difference.

If you do not already do this, please adopt a policy of sending mass email to yourself and sending "blind copies" to multiple recipients. This is becoming a huge problem of privacy with individuals sending group emails where all the recipients are up for grabs.

In this case, it may not even matter if they have access to their email account. That means they have everything anyway.

It's sickening.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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a BCC is always a nice thing for many reasons.

clarification: BCC = blind carbon copy. Nobody can see who you sent the e-mail to and they can't steal all the addresses either. Cuts down on strangers acquiring your e-mail address from a mass send or reply all also.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:01 PM
 
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wat?
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the warning.......funny, but to me, e-mail (except at work on our intranet) is becoming so last century as a way of communicating. Maybe it's just me....I still use my gmail account, but so seldom really.

Bummer that this stuff happens, though. Idle hands ARE the devil's workshop.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Also be aware of emails with no subject line, it is a common tactic for 'bots that take over email accounts...
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:23 PM
 
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The one that gets me all the time are the ones written like this in the subject line:

Re: thanks

or

Re: hey

or

Re: chili (i like chili)
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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wCat, did you give your friend a call or visit and let them know there's issues with their email account? Hopefully they can contain some of the damage.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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a BCC is always a nice thing for many reasons.

clarification: BCC = blind carbon copy. Nobody can see who you sent the e-mail to and they can't steal all the addresses either. Cuts down on strangers acquiring your e-mail address from a mass send or reply all also.
Wrong rd. All you gotta do is highlight the message, go to properties, click on details then click on message source and it will tell ALL the people you sent the message to.....
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:53 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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I'm posting about an email that came from the address of a friend in San Antonio. If it can happen to them, it can happen to you.

OBVIOUSLY its a scam, so please don't lecture me about not sending money etc. The difference with this letter from the typical Nigerian scams, is that it is the exact email address of a local friend. I closed the email and did not respond to it. To see if they were getting my email, I contacted them. They again responded....which indicates they've hacked their account and all their incoming email is now going to the hacker. It happens to be a Yahoo email address, but I don't think it really would make any difference.

If you do not already do this, please adopt a policy of sending mass email to yourself and sending "blind copies" to multiple recipients. This is becoming a huge problem of privacy with individuals sending group emails where all the recipients are up for grabs.

In this case, it may not even matter if they have access to their email account. That means they have everything anyway.

It's sickening.
Did you check the messasge source to see if it was, indeed, going back to them or if they just "spoofed" the email address and there's another email address in there somewhere ???
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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Wrong rd. All you gotta do is highlight the message, go to properties, click on details then click on message source and it will tell ALL the people you sent the message to.....
mine doesn't work that way. What email server?
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