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Email Scam Alert!

Informing of a new email scam alert that releases a virus if opened and clicked on.

In an effort to help my West Cobb neighbors safeguard their computer systems, I wanted to let you know about an email scam I am seeing.

I, like many other computer technicians, have recommended not opening emails from people you don’t know. However, this new scam puts a new spin on this. This email scam looks like it is from someone you know, and identifies them by name. However, if you look closely for the email address used and compare it to your friend’s real email address, you will notice they do not match.

I guess my warning is while you still need to not open email from someone you don’t know, the necessity now is to know you friends’ email addresses as well. I know this is not easy, but it is really important.

If you were to open these scam emails (please don’t do this) and click on the link inside, your computer would immediately become infected. The virus would then start sending your personal information back to a database to be used to make fraudulent credit card charges, used in identity theft or sold off to the highest bidder.

I have opened one of these emails in a test environment and it unleashes a serious virus. You don’t want it in your computer system.

I have received two of these so far and my spam filters caught them both. I recommend immediately deleting these emails—without opening them of course. Also, as always, make sure your virus and spyware protection programs are up to date.

I hope this information helps protect your computer systems.

James Phillips
Always On I T Service LLC
www.AOITS.com

 

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Pam J January 23, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Is it a specific e-mail you are talking about? I know that I have gotten a couple from people who had links to a weight-loss program. I weigh 105 and they know I don't need a diet! And their e-mail addresses were right. Either I didn't get a virus or my virus program caught it. I got an e-mail from State Farm about a survey where you can get a $10 Amazon gift card if you do the survey. Knowing that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is not true, I went to the State Farm Facebook page. They verified that the survey is real. I think it's great that people like you tell us about these things because I know that you could make a lot of money if everybody got a virus! Thanks!!
Computers Related by James Phillips January 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM
The emails I have seen so far have a subject of "Check this out" or "Take a look" when you open the email all that is there is 1 link. That link should be a skull and cross bones because it will kill a system. I like to make money proactively! Not because some hacker is crippling systems. I do a lot of virus removal but it is not my favorite work.

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