Protect yourself from Phishing

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  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Hello,

    E-mail phishing scams are a danger to all e-mail users. You need to be aware of them and protect yourself to prevent becoming a victim of account information or identity theft. A phishing scam is an attempt by a 3rd party to make you believe they are someone who they are not. Here is an example that I received yesterday in my e-mail:

    As you can see it appears to be legitimate based on the From: and the official looking link at the end of the message, but behind the scenes the HTML code of the e-mail that you usually don't see would have opened up a browser window to a 3rd party site designed to trick me into typing in my personal account information.

    When I receive an e-mail like this I immediately forward it with full headers to abuse {at} the-company-domain and then delete the e-mail. If you are not sure about an e-mail notification that you receive, the safest action is to call the company in question and ask them to verify if they sent the e-mail. Most companies will have a privacy declaration that says they will never ask you for your password or other information by e-mail or by calling you directly.
     


  2. THERESA

    THERESA Customer Service Staff Member

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    Re: Phishing Scams

    I would have been suspicious as soon as I read it.


    ............."We apologize if u had any trouble accessing our services."

    ............"Please verify your information until the September 7 "

    (Just a couple of excerpts from the email that would have thrown up a red flag)

    A company is never going to send an email using "u" instead of you. Hopefully they wouldn't make spelling and grammatical errors either. That email was a trainwreck. If someone was duped by it, shame on them.
     

  3. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Re: Phishing Scams

    Even worse is when you do it to yourself. Do not post personal information in public places. Here is an example I came across on one of the Windows support sites where the member originally posted all of their information on a public web page. Luckily the details were removed by a moderator :

    Hacked Hotmail Account.JPG
     
  4. Big Dan

    Big Dan EQ Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Re: Phishing Scams

    Sometimes you cannot protect people from themselves.
     
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    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Here is more examples from Hotmail with informational questions that you should never reply to!

    username:
    password:
    Country:
    date of birth:
    alternative email:
    alternative password:
     

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