Thursday, February 20, 2014

Voicemail via Email? No Way!


Here is yet another example of a scam I hear often about. This is a screen shot of what I saw in my email program:


At first glance a friendly, nicely formatted and really "professional" looking email.

Three things caught my attention before I would have clicked on "Listen";
  1. Red highlight: The sender address seems to come from "@pushworth.com". Big discrepancy to the supposes (company?) name "Whats App".
    In my mind the warning lights went on.
     
  2. Purple highlight: The sender disguised very well the actual route the email had taken. That shows technical know how and (criminal?) intent.
    By now the warning bells where ringing loud.
     
  3. Blue highlight: When I rested the mouse cursor on the pretty "Listen" button the link behind this button translated to "casinotipps.net".  Casino tips and forwarding voice mails via email? Oh Please, don't think I am that dumb. 
    Now I was already chuckling; just another scam email.
On top of all that I have never given neither the phone company nor the cell phone carrier any instructions to "forward voice mails by email"; what an abstruse idea.

But I know from experience that there are simple souls out there who did click on "Listen"; although the mail they had gotten likely looked different.

Actually I should be thanking the creator of this scam because he keeps me in the business of cleaning up virus infected computers.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Twist - Old Scam


Whether you ever would read The New York Times or whatever your political stance is,


      if you have a computer you NEED to read this NYT article.

The age old story of "User Beware" with a macabre twist.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

eFax Scam - New Variant Of An Old Trick


Just this morning I got an email supposedly coming from eFax and I thought I better document it here.

Here are screen shots of what it looked like in Thunderbird, my email program.


The sender address seems to be efax.com (green frame). But resting the mouse cursor on the link supposedly representing the fax the translation of the name in the link, that is the place where a mouse click really would take me to, that translation clearly shows a web site in Brazil (red frame). Do you smell the rat?

Just for fun I rested the mouse cursor on the link for Help instructions and that really would take me to the efax.com help page (blue frames).


Although I personally know some people in Brazil. needless to say that I neither clicked on the first link nor did I download the compressed file (.zip) nor would I ever have opened this .zip file. My acquaintances in Brazil all have my email address.

As I always say, user beware.


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

NO to Office 2013, Office 365 and Microsoft Accounts in general


I stumbled over this article about lack of basic security features in Microsoft's cloud offerings.

I feel confirmed when I say
  • do not use a Microsoft account
  • do not use MS Office 2013 or MS Office 365
  • do not use Sky Drive (Microsoft's cloud storage option)
For everybody using Windows 8 that means they should cancel their Microsoft accounts and they should convert the account on the computer to a local account.

If you can't find out how to do that, you know who can help, right?

At least Office 2013 can be used without a Microsoft account; I don't know for sure about Office 365.

There are many cloud storage services that do not entail the usual "Microsoft risks" for lack of a better word.

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Old Scam - New Clothes

A scammer from India came up with a new twist of an old ruse.  Look at this screen shot of the offending email as shown in my email progr...