Posts tagged ‘spam alert’

Spam Warning – Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721)

This is a clever spam email as it makes you think there is a security update for your email program, and who doesn’t want their email to be as secure as it can be.

For people in the know, it is common knowledge that the only way you should get updates for windows, Outlook or any Microsoft product is generally through Microsoft update in Microsoft Windows or their actual website. For everyone else they may just think this is Microsoft being kind and that they got the email address because it’s a Microsoft product and that they want to help you avoid being taken advantage of by scammers or hackers.

Of course that is exactly what some people think and go ahead and extract the zip file try to run the update and get themselves a trojan virus which gives the spammer/hacker control of your machine or something else like logging all your keystrokes for user names and passwords.

All I can say is obey the Microsoft update rule and only get it direct from them and always copy and paste the subject into google as you will most likely find a site at the top telling you it’s a spam email, oh and make sure your antivirus and malware checkers are up to date.

One more thing generally updates are version specific, so if you know your software has many versions this should give you a hint that there is something not quite right, so double check with the main company website if you want to be sure.

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What the Attached Zip file is called: officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.zip

Brief Description

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express. This update is critical and provides you with the latest version of the Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express and offers the highest levels of stability and security.

Instructions

* Install Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721). To do this, follow these steps:

1. Run attached file officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe

2. Restart Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express

System Requirements

* Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 98; Windows ME; Windows NT; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows Vista

* This update applies to the following product: Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express

Spam Warning – You’ve received a postcard

This spam email is a clever one, it uses the general family member id so you don’t really questions that it may not be someone you know.

Also there are absolutely no links so you can’t even detect the usual false link behind the one that shows on screen.

So the only option you have is to open the zip file, which I don’t know exactly what this one does, but I can assure you they are never good, hopefully your antivirus is up to date and can save you if you do open it.

Any company sending out a digital e-card will do it with a link that takes you to a page (remember to hover over the link and make sure it’s legit), they won’t bother with sending out an actual file to you. Also a family member will most likely have their name in the email through a legit e-card website.

If you are ever in doubt always copy some of the email or the subject line and add the word spam and something should come up in the search engines that will let you know if it’s spam or not. if you’re in doubt get in touch and we can help you identify it for you.

here’s it the full text that’s in the email (the zip file has a name of ecard.zip)

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Good day.

Your family member has sent you an ecard from 123greetings.com.

Send free ecards from 123greetings.com with your choice of colors, words and music.

Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days.

If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print.

To view your ecard, open zip attached file.

Spam Warning – Re: sending what you wanted

This is an interesting one and a slight departure from the usual banking spam emails.

The email below is quite clever in how it makes you think that you are the reason that your getting the email. First off you don’t know the person, but his name is David, a common enough name that you might not think about it and start reading the email as you’re curious.

So the way the email starts ‘yo mate, ok I’ll give you my trick’ right away for most guys this is how an email might start with some of your best mates, so you just keep reading. Then comes the little threat, ‘but if you give it away I’ll…’ which only serves to strengthen the believability of the email.

If you’re thinking I wouldn’t fall for that, think about the fact this is specifically targeted to a very specific type, so it wouldn’t work with you, remember spam fishes for people who will believe it’s a numbers game to them!

So the email goes on to make you just want to get right on and start betting, why? well it’s promising free money, this is where the alarm bells should be triggered, if it’s too good to be true then it’s probably is. In this case we know this or I wouldn’t be writing about it, however there are some people out there that would think because it tells you don’t do more than £1,000 a day that this means it must be true.

There is also a link to a specific casino website, which is obviously where they want to get you to go to and waste soo much money trying out the technique all day to get it to work. Now if it is a real casino you might actually get luck, why because it is a 50/50 shot, so even if you fail 9 times out of 10 that 1 time may make you think that it’s possible and it’s something your doing wrong. Now you’re in Gambling addiction area, something I’m not going to get into here, but just think again about who they are targeting with this spam email.

Lets face it, all Casinos do is look for patterns, so even if there was a hint of truth in this they would be on it right away, you might get lucky with a few of the smaller ones as they might not have the resources, but word spreads quickly in communities like that, but it’s fake so we don’t need to worry about it, but I’ll bet some of you reading this started thinking wow what if it would work on lesser known Casinos. That there is the power of suggestions, that’s why Spam can work so well, we all want something for nothing.

Finally as a convincer (which normally comes first and why it works so well here), is at the very end of the email where it actually has what looks to be an email from you to David. It’s short to the point and conceivable if you like to gamble a little bit or would be curious about it that you might have sent it and completely forgot, my how we can convince ourselves it it means free money!

So there you go some good lessons in there that can be applied to many other spam emails like lottery ones especially.

Stay Safe

Alan

Spam email below

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yo mate, ok I`ll give you my trick but if you give it someone else I`ll fuckin kill you :) you know in roulette you can bet on blacks or reds. If you bet $1 on black and it goes black you win $1 but if it goes red you loose your $1.

So I found a way you can win everytime:

bet $1 on black if it goes black you win $1

now again bet $1 on black, if it goes red bet $3 on black, if it goes red again bet $8 on black, if red again bet $20 on black, red again bet $52 on black (always multiple you previous lost bet around 2.5), if now is black you win $52 so you have $104 and you bet:

$1 + $3 + $8 + $20 + $52 = $84 So you just won $20 :)

now when you won you start with $1 on blacks again etc etc. its always bound to go black eventually (it`s 50/50) so that way you eventually always win. But there`s a catch. If you start winning too much (like $1000 a day) casino will finally notice something and can ban you. I was banned once on royal casino. So don`t be too greedy and don`t win more then $200 a day and you can do it for years. I think bigger casinos know that trick so I play for real money on smaller ones, right now I play on elite vip casino: www.elitetables.net for more then 3 months, I win $50-$200 a day and my account still works. You`ll find roulette there when you log in go to “specialty” section – “american roulette”. And don`t you dare talling about it anyone else, if too many people knows about it casinos will finally found a way to block that trick. If you have any questions just drop me a line here or on skype.

c ya

—– Original Message —–

From: “efrengj” <info@cmmc.co.uk>

To: <matthewzprx@monalisabridal.com>

Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 1:14 PM

Subject: Please send me the system

> Hi david.

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> Please tell me when you will send me your roulette trick?

> You promised you`ll send it few weeks ago :(

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> Thanks in advance.

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