Beware

Last Update: Feb 27, 2015

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I received an email today consisting of a court summons complete with paper clip to fool the unwary. Obviously I deleted this straight away, and I advise anyone receiving such things to do the same.

If I'd have opened the paper clip, I would doubtless have been infected with a p.c. trojan. This is a known issue, but I've not seen this particular one in the U.K.

Apparently it originates from a server in the U.S.A, and as there are a lot of people within WA who live there, please be aware.

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Thanks for the kind warning. :)

Hey Folks
I subscribe to scambusters.com and the BBB scamwatch.com both of these sites have the most up to date info available online today.

I encourage everyone here to check both of these out.

Your email Alastair is one that started about 4 months ago, but backissues of both of these publications are also available.
(-: Jon

Thanks for this Jon. I'll have a look into those recommendations.

Thanks for the heads up, I have not seen this one yet.

They keep coming up with new ones don't they Shawn ? We really need to be vigilant, but it's the newcomers to the p.c. world that I fear for. I've been a p.c. user for around twelve years now and am still surprised at the number of threats by cyber criminals that occur on a regular basis. Anyone new to all this must feel as though they are walking in a minefield !

Agreed, and the scammers are getting so good at it.

Thank you Alistair, I get a lot of these and it really confounds me how many blatantly amoral predators exist on our planet....I never, ever open emails that come from an unknown author! I wonder how many unwary and non-savvy people fall prey to these scams? Sometimes I just feel like stopping the world and getting off!
~Arthur

Yes Arthur, there is always someone trying to take advantage of those who may be unaware of the dangers.

Thank you so much for the heads up Alastair.

I've had my share of trojans in the past where someone had opened one and it's form of infection was to send out the same message using every email address saved in my address book. I had opened one that was from a known personal friend. The only difference is their name would not appear in the content.

It took years to get this to finally stop. After many years of the same trojans coming back into my inbox, I finally realized the only thing we can do is to cancel our infected email and start a new one, AND advice everyone we know to do the same.

Now I never save any contact address. My advice is to save your personal contacts email address if you must, into a word document and keep it out of cyber space.

Be safe from cyber attacks...God bless,
Shirley

I do sympathise with you Shirley and anyone else who may have been tricked by these things. I don't have the full name of the email as I deleted it immediately and further deleted it from my p.c. This one however is particularly dangerous, as it has been known to clean out people's bank accounts. It seems like there's no end to these things designed to take advantage of people's curiosity. However, it is imperative that we don't click - on to these emails, as there seems to be little chance of redress for the hapless victim.

Really? Wow.... Alastair, thank you for that warning.

I don't think I'll ever get into that situation tho' as:
No.1 Don't have any money to clean out.
No.2 Never curious about strange emails that has no business being there.
No.3 Set up any number of email addresses dedicated to certain interests. e.g: my WA Training courses. So all emails in my inbox will be about WA, period, or connected to WA business.

That was a particularly distressing time when that trojan thing happened, and I even lost friends. That was about 15 years ago. I've since learnt how to protect myself and my friends from these horrible things by not sending emails to them if at all possible.

Now we have mobile phones, and can text with less dangers. Then there's twitter, facebook etc, etc. I've myself not taken to using all these wonderful applications yet but will eventually learn how to use them....will have to if I'm going to get anywhere.

Thank you again Alastair, I do realize this is one long ramble about trojans, but if one person can be saved, its worth it
Again, God bless, Shirley

Thanks. Have received these also.

Thanks for the heads up. I will be aware.

Thanks for the warning!

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