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#274448 - 10/08/09 07:52 AM Re: In the News [Re: fredk]
Murph Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6955
Loc: PEI, Canada
Good advice Adrian.
An ISP or a service like Hotmail will NEVER call you and ask for personal information. These phishers are looking to get into your web mail accounts so they can turn them into mass spamming tools. Somtimes they are used to spam further phishing emails, similar to the call she got, or to send illicit advertisement or spam in general. Worst case is that it is used to mass mail as part of a over simplistic denial of service attack on someone/something.

Depending on your ISP's rules and it's ability to watch it's traffic, your entire Internet account could get locked down when they identify you as a mass spammer. They have to do this to protect their entire network from being being blocked as a big spamming network. Usually a call in to their help desks can help you get your web-mail back in your control and you might also have to prove your PC(s) have not been infected with a spamming virus as well.

And your right, this sort of thing is way too common right now. It's a world wide issue.
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#274450 - 10/08/09 08:58 AM Re: In the News [Re: fredk]
St_PatGuy Offline

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7463
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
 Originally Posted By: fredk
Shouldn't that be a streaming bag of doodoo?

Ah, good one, Fred!
"Nothin' up my sleeve. . ." --Bullwinkle J. Moose

#274465 - 10/08/09 01:07 PM Re: In the News [Re: St_PatGuy]
Adrian Offline

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6880
Loc: It's all about the location.
(local news)Lol, I just got back from my bikeride down in the ravine along the Etobicoke Creek, I had to keep stopping....there's loads of tiny, baby snapping turtles(about 1" shell) along the path. Every few feet I kept picking them up and moving them off to the side so nobody would step or ride over them. I guess they're enjoying the fall sunshine for now. You could put about 9-10 of the little critters in your hand, and there'd still be room left for more, lol.
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#274472 - 10/08/09 02:06 PM Re: In the News [Re: Adrian]
onn Offline

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 999
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
In the news
First snowfall of the year \:\)
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#274475 - 10/08/09 02:45 PM Re: In the News [Re: onn]
SirQuack Offline
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I heard we might get flurries this weekend, that is crazy. I want to enjoy the Fall first.....arggggg
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#274489 - 10/08/09 05:14 PM Re: In the News [Re: SirQuack]
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
We're still a few days away from snow flurries, it's been in the mid 90's all week so far ... the no-driving, arrogant, old-ass, cheap, constantly bitching and complaining etc, etc... nice older snowbirds are in the midst of their migration south, maybe they'll bring some cooler weather.
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#274490 - 10/08/09 05:16 PM Re: In the News [Re: RickF]
Adrian Offline

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6880
Loc: It's all about the location.
Better get the sweater out, Rick. You must be getting chilly ;\) .
Half of communication is listening. You can't listen with your mouth.

#274547 - 10/09/09 07:52 AM Re: In the News [Re: Adrian]
Argon Offline

Registered: 07/24/04
Posts: 1443
Loc: Oak Ridge, NC
I got an e-mail from a friend. It said "Help, I am stuck in England with no money". It went on to describe how she got into this predicament. Her bag was left in a cab - etc. etc. The problem was the English and grammar were not right. So.. I did not reply to the e-mail, I sent one separately asking her if she was really stuck in England. I got a reply in the same questionable English/grammar that went into even more sad detail about the situation.
So I called her and when she answered, I said "thank god you are back safe and sound". She immediately asked if I had gotten an e-mail. Her account had been hacked into and the hacker was sending e-mails pleading for money to everyone in her address book. She suspected that the hacker was in Africa because of some back tracing that the ISP did. It took several phone calls to the ISP to convince them that she had been victimized and was a huge headache for her. So......Beware is a good watch word.
"A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject" Churchill

#274548 - 10/09/09 08:31 AM Re: In the News [Re: Argon]
EFalardeau Offline

Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3400
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Thanks for the reminder. I actually just decided it was time to re-change my email password.
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#274552 - 10/09/09 09:06 AM Re: In the News [Re: Argon]
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16437
Loc: Ben Lomond, California
My wife got an email from one of her friends saying she was having a party and was sending out invitations. The email asked for our address, which was not suspicious. My wife provided the house and street number. When a reply came asking for the city and state, as well, we know something fishy was going on. My wife called the friend to let her know her email account had been compromised.
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