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Crafty Virus Email
I received this email today and it came with the typical virus attachment. The sender is "email@example.com". First of all, I do not have a "staff", nor is there a lifetimephoto "team".....
"Dear user of "Lifetimephoto.com" mailing system,
Some of our clients complained about the spam (negative e-mail content)
outgoing from your e-mail account. Probably, you have been infected by
a proxy-relay trojan server. In order to keep your computer safe,
follow the instructions.
For details see the attached file.
Attached file protected with the password for security reasons. Password is
The Lifetimephoto.com team "
This one's been going around for weeks. I didn't post it here because I thought I'd got my own initial "heads-up" from RP - but now I check back I see it was from another site. Oopsie!
If your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, these emails will be spoofed to appear to come from email@example.com (they are obviously working on the basis that for the majority of people somedomain.com will be their ISP's domain, so firstname.lastname@example.org will look like it's come from your ISP).
Typically you'll get these every few days. Eventually you'll get one that tells you your account will be suspended in three days time if you don't run the attached "security patch". Needless to say, it won't be. It does appear that once you've ignored this 3 day warning email they give up on you. At least until the next virus trend.
I went through this with sbcglobal last week. It really does look authentic except for the telltale zip file they want you to open. After ignoring the three day warning, they went away.
Some day perhaps the penalty for this kind of activity will be increased from a slap on the wrist to something that makes it a little less attractive as an idle pastime.
I don't open *any* e-mails that I'm not pretty sure of. And I have become a "not very trusting sole", so I question just about everything. Probably there are legitimate e-mails that don't get read, but I probably didn't need them anyhow.
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