Don’t Get Caught in the Recent Rise of Scam Email Messages

  • Comments: 6
  • Written on: July 9th, 2007

Over the past week I have noticed an increase in the number of spam emails that were trying to trick me into disclosing my personal information or infect my computer with a virus.

If these emails are making it through my filters, chances are they are making it through your also. Here are some of the latest emails and what they are trying to get you to do.

1) The Classic “Your Bank” Email

This one has been around for a while, but since the results of falling for it are so catastrophic it deserves mention here. This scam involves an email that arrives in your inbox that appears to be from your bank. Typically the message is asking you to click on a link that can look quite legitimate to verify recent activity in your account.

What actually happens is that when you click on the link you are taken to a phishing page that looks identical in every way to your bank’s homepage.

The email message asks you to log in, so the temptation is to enter your user name and password to log into the banking website. Once you enter the information and click submit your banking password is whisked away where the scammer can use it to access your bank account for any number of reasons.

If you fall for this one, contact your bank and explain what happened. Immediately change your online banking password as well.

2) The “You Have Received a E-Card” Email

These have been picking up with some frequency over the past few weeks. These emails appear to come from legitimate E-Card websites like www.hallmark.com, but actually are fraudulent emails designed to infect your computer with a Trojan virus.

Trojan viruses can lie dormant on your computer for weeks, before being activated by the virus writer to accomplish whatever task they desire. They are usually used to make your computer part of a bot-network.

Once thousands – or even tens of thousands – of computers are part of a bot-network these networks can be used to attack websites or send spam email. If you get an E-Card – especially one in poor English – don’t open it unless you are expecting it for a birthday, anniversary, or other special holiday.

3) The “Install this Patch” Email

As I was writing this post an email arrived in my inbox that told me that there was unusual spam email activity from my IP address and that I needed to install a patch (link provided) to remedy the problem.

Of course, no one reputable emails you a patch you are not expecting. Microsoft does not do it, most ISPs do not do it, so the best policy is to not install patches from strangers.

Have you received a scam email? Post it here and help protect others!

  1. Personal Blog said on July 9th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I had a PayPal scam. I wasn’t even looking, clicked the link and the site came up just like a paypal site. BUT my Firefox gave me an alert that this looks like a false website. After looking closer the link didn’t even go to paypal and the person that sent me the e-mail was from @gamil dot com. I was lucky not to start filling in crap.

  2. Angie said on July 11th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    The first time I got hte e-card message I ALMOST clicked. I took an extra second to hover over the URL and it just looked suspect at that point.

  3. Thor Schrock said on July 11th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Here is another one that I have been getting a lot of lately… Obviously this is not a real girl who has anything to share with anyone. Don’t fall for this one!

    Hello! I am tired this afternoon. I am nice girl that would like to chat with you. Email me at cvzogm@docmaildirect.info only. Hope you will like my pictures.

  4. Thor Schrock said on July 11th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    And Another….

    Hi. Mate has sent you an ecard.
    See your card as often as you wish during the next 15 days.

    SEEING YOUR CARD

    If your email software creates links to Web pages, click on your card’s direct www address below while you are connected to the Internet:

    http://75.3.94.126/?65e8517a32e6b9ea6878b15d7703a3b01bd

    Or copy and paste it into your browser’s “Location” box (where Internet addresses go).

    We hope you enjoy your awesome card.

    Wishing you the best,
    Mailer-Daemon,
    greet2k.com

  5. brian said on October 6th, 2007 at 5:58 am

    i hate scam emails!

    i check my emails at
    http://www.scamemail.co.uk

    brian

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