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This Email Mess

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

This Email Mess

“What’s this all about then?”

Last Saturday morning I got an email titled “E-mail account security warning,”it was from; administration email So I read it and it said:

Dear user, the management of 1GoodReason.Com mailing system wants to let you know that,

Our main mailing server will be temporary unavailable for next two days, to continue receiving mail in these days you have to configure our free
auto-forwarding service.

For more information see the attached file.

For security reasons attached file is password protected. The password is “65378″.

Best wishes,
The 1GoodReason.Com team

It even had a link to 1GoodReason.Com. I was just about to click on the attached file when; I woke up and realized, “Hey, I’m the 1GoodReason.Com team!” I also noticed that Norton Anti virus had deleted the attached file because it contained a virus. Then I thought, “Why those low down, sneaky, snotty nosed, little commie, pinkos- I’ll murderlize them!”

Then I noticed a second email from “Hello user of Speakeasy.net e-mail server,” which had the same letter. I use Speakeasy as my web host. I was just lucky that I received that email from myself(1GoodReason.Com) before the more legitimate looking one from my web host arrived.

Then I began to realize I had learned a new lesson; Don’t read your email until after your first cup of coffee. And keep your anti virus software current and running all the time. And watch out, because those miscreants who are writing viruses are getting more cleaver all the time.

What can we personally do about spam?

  • Your internet provider should offer spam protection of some sort, use it. If not, get a spam killer from a trusted source like www.download.com
  • Is your email address posted on a web page? If so, have your webmaster make it hidden, so spammers can’t find you too easily, but so your customers can.
  • Did you receive a series of returned mails that you never sent? If so, your email address has been hijacked by a spammer and used to send spam mail.
    #1) Immediately change your email password, usually you sign on to your internet provider and look in the “Manage Mail” section.
    #2) Notify your internet provider, often at a mailbox like abuse@yourinternetprovider.com, for AOL it’s postmaster@aol.com for Optonline it’s abuse@cv.net. Forward to them a sample of the mail in question along with a brief description.
  • Don’t forward any message that says “and forward this to all of your friends.” If you’re not sure check it out here at Hoaxbusters.
  • Never, ever, ever, ever, order anything from a spam mailing. A single order justifies their business case and funds another million emails.
  • Finally, don’t try the “Unsubscribe to this mailing list here” buttons on Spam. They usually don’t work. And only encourages them to send more.
  • The best thing to do about Spam is simply delete it. Don’t read it, or react to it in any way.

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