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Gene_Lewis
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I was sent an e-mail saying that I have some money in a bank overseas and in order for me to claim it I would have to send them my bank account information with in a time frame. I was alway taught if something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is. I haven't done it and won't do it. I told the sender if it is real send me a cashier checks with in that time frame. Need less to say I haven't heard anything from that person or persons. What I'm telling you is if you hear something like this please don't be to quick to give out your info if you don't know the person. Do like I did, and don't give them your real address I have a PO Box that I was willing to them this person.


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Dennis_Mix
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That sounds good to me Gene I will remember that. thanks


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I'm amazed you've only just had one of these for the first time! According to my mails about a dozen of my relatives in Nigeria have been killed in various tragic accidents over the last few years, but left millions in bank accounts, to which I am the sole heir!
It's crap of course, I'm damn sure I never had any relatives in Nigeria, and if I did I wouldn't be the sole heir.
Watch out for guys on here trying similar scams, I've been invited to 'help' people get money out of bank accounts in Africa, these are scams too.


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i had same sort thing once never give bank details to any one on line scam


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Dennis_Mix
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I have friends there I hope their safe. I will have to warn them. some might try to use them to connect to some one here


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hi dennis it is allan,
last week i got a request from gays.com requesting computer passwords on an unsecured line.
i said no, and did not give them access to my pc
it also seems to be happening after both you and i talked to sky?
i hope he not connected to this, i just dont know?
this is the only site i use regulary, i tend not to go to facebook alot.
just take care of whom you give info to
all the best allan


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Dennis_Mix
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I am on facebook alot but I use a lot sites cause this all I have to keep busy


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Dave_Mack
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Here is the latest twist for everyone. This applies to those of us in the USA but I am sure its being tried elsewhere. I got one allegedly from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) claiming I needed to update my w9 info! This is 100% a scam, Naturally i deleted it.
Whenever you get asything like that, befiore you even conside replying put your mouse over the RETURN button and look in the lower task bar, See WHERE it is going to. For example of it says Bank of America look to see WHERE it goes! I have had this several times and most of them are some overseas site. And fortunately my antivirus/anti phishing software warns me the site is a scam.

NEVER....I repeat NEVER respont to ANY of those things. NO bank or ANY financial institution will ever send out a request for info. Call the place from which the email comes. They may ask that you print it and send/'take it to them as they have fraud departments that will go after these places... I've had requests to update bank info from places I have never heard of let alone have accounts. Beware... Scammers are out there... Use your DELETE button and NEVER give out any personal info!


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Dennis_Mix
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I will I had a couple of guys that used to be on gays.com Hit me up for help and I got in touch with Mike we got the ball rolling on that one


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The motto is:
"Don't Try
Don't Buy
Don't Pry'!
Into the bin with them!

There are some scams around that read people's address lists and send you mails purporting to come from a friend.
If it looks odd, or you can't think this friend would have sent you anything like that, check with them outside of the suspicious item to get them to confirm that they have written to you.
Something similar, which I regard as a near scam, are these on-line greetings cards. These are often an attempt to get your address, if not indeed to sell you something or worse. I won't open them either!


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Dennis_Mix
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Thanks Martin will keep that in mind


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nice one man thoes scmers are evrywear its a pitty we all have to be on garde all the time . all the best .Chris


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Gene/Everyone
Tell them to send it Western Union and email the details. Very excited to receive the funds.
Thank you
Terry


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I have seen this before. Almost had it happen to me by a customer. I caught on and called the police. Gave them the letter and they had information on this. DOnt know what ever happened about it either.


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Carl-david_Stottor
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If it sound's too good to be true, the chances are it is'nt...nothing is for free or nothing in this life, everything has it's price!


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Dennis_Mix
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Look at me I am free. now that is said there is a good statement nothing is free not even death


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Michael_Wolfe
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The best thing to do is not open the e-mail and send it to your spam file then delete it...If you open things like that then they know that they have a good e-mail adress..
Thx Gene for this discussion...


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Homer_Bozarth
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dont belive it. it is a scam just like all the others that is going on all over the web.


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Hi all,

Anyone can send a password request by entering an existing email address on our login page, so please don't give out your email info to others.

@Allan, I'm wondering who the Sky guy you referred to? I'd like to check him as well, cos this will protect other members here from scam.

Cheers!


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Dennis_Mix
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Thanks to you Eric I got wise. you and Mike did good on that one


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Rich_Iacullo
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ok just to throw a bone out there and say something a little different about spam and all that that nobody has really mentioned yet (so as not to sound so repetitive) and plus I've been a programmer for something around 16 years now so I know a few things about a few things

anyways - someone mentioned in this slew of posts something about this might be going outside of just america. it does. every day every where imaginable. The only place that you cannot possibly ever get spam is on a computer that never goes online and is physically disconnected from the internet.

Back around the mid 90's there was an average of something around 7,000 new viruses that come out every month. On the surface, it scares everyone. Of course it does - people fear what they don't know so let's have a quick look at what a virus really is/does.

A virus is normally defined as malicious code with harmful intent. There's macro viruses, trojan horses, worms, polymorphic viruses (which are really fun) and it just goes on and on. There's also other things that are considered viruses, like inadvertent, badly written code. Take a memory leak into consideration. It is an infinite loop that consumes more of your memory with every iteration.

In english this means that a chunk of code is executed over and over and over again - and it never stops. But if it declares a variable, or an array, or anything that invokes a value to it, it takes up space in memory. And if new variables are being created every iteration and it never stops - your computer will eventually slow down to a halt and just sit there and look stupid like windows typically does without that happening lol.

Only it's faster with a memory leak I guess lol.

There are things that are written deliberately, however, and the problem with those things is that a lot of viruses are getting smarter because code is mostly open source these days. This means you have access to the code - so you can find vulnerabilities in whatever that program is. One common way viruses can hide themselves from a virus detector is this:

Anti-virual software looks at filesizes a lot of times because it there is added code injected into that file, the anti-viral software will know this and consider it a virus. It's one of many "signatures" that viruses have. So people are getting smarter now and making them so that they compress the file that they attach themselves to (kind of like zipping a file up) by the filesize that the virus is - so the filesize remains the same when a virus scanner looks at that file.

Approximately 95% of the entire internet is spam of some sort. This is not a stretch, either. It's a fact. Spam, whether you like it or not, generates revenue. There's even jobs that do something called address cleansing - which is making sure email and home addresses alike (tho maybe not at the same company) are still legitimate addresses and email addresses.

People who run websites like that get paid money for people clicking on their banners. This is why so many websites have banners - although I am adamant about never having banners on any of my websites

The more traffic that website gets, the more companies will pay for an advertising spot on that website. This is where page ranking and engines like google "sort of" come into play. They look at websites and through a series of algorithms I won't get into it determines basically if the site is a good site or a bad site.

There are white hat and black hat techniques when it comes to search engine optimization (which is what helps to really drive traffic to your websites). White hat techniques are what you would think of them - good ways to boost traffic to your site.

Black hat techniques, however, are bad and can even get you blacklisted from google for life. Basically the only way to get around that is to legally change your name, move across the country, change your ss number and assume a new life/identity. Otherwise your career in anything web is over. However, people still do it anyways and turn around and charge 30k for it, too.

So techniques are to send you junk emails about viagra and whatever else because everyone plays off the premise that sex sells and so here come all the porn emails. People also play off current events like mortgages and refinancing, approved loans, etc - because they know some idiot out there will click on that link and generate revenue for the person on the other side of things.

So how do they get your email addresses? It's easy. It's called aggregation. There's many ways to aggregate data, but people generally get your email addresses from form posts and any other literal text left on a website that contains your email address. So for example, if you were to go to whatever.com and sign their guestbook but you also leave your email address - it is susceptible to getting spammed because anyone can take your email address and add it to mailing list from that point. But the smarter people automate the process, sit back, and just watch all the emails roll in with the touch of a button.

So what can you do about it?

Nothing really. If it's a local scam and you think people are going to get hurt from it the FBI does have a cyber crimes division but that process is very slow and it doesn't seem very dependable.

One thing to be aware of. You can write code that will detect if a user has opened an email, how many times was the email opened, did the user click on the link(s), etc etc. If they get clever enough - they are tracking every spam letter they send you and finding out what draws your attention more.

There are many, many more details that I can get into about pretty much anything software related so if you have any additional questions I'll try to answer them, but it's probably better getting in direct contact with me as opposed to leaving a message on this thread.


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Dennis_Mix
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But what dose that mean to the average person out there Not to many know anything about Viruses. let alone know what it is they are looking at. so we are back to square one with it


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Gene_Lewis
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rich, thanks, but your book has nothing with what I was talking about, please people stay on the topic


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