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Re: Dealing With Scammers by Ken Dunn on 24 October 2008 11:13pm
I got my e-mail removed from the vitals when the spam increased a lot but I don't think that was totally to blame. If your address is carelessly used in a message to multiple addresses then spam can result from that. I get the same type of junk as mrst.. but have my server delete them after a week and at the moment that is 140 or so. It is very rare for a good e-mail to be dropped in the junk folder but sometimes an occassional spam message gets through to my inbox.
Re: Dealing With Scammers by johnnythemonkey on 24 October 2008 11:22pm
Are you guys not using a spam filter ? I never get any spam on my main email addy but the hotmail one I posted on the site gets mainly bank scam rubbish. I have'nt figured out how to link that addy to my Mc Afee security.
Oh, I never get any of those peenis enlargement things. Think they know something ?
I do get the occasional head shrinking email though. :)
Re: Dealing With Scammers by peripatetically on 24 October 2008 11:44pm
I never get spam, ever. I have an Apple product and they don't seem to get infected much at all. Now, yes, I have had a virus from a former Palinite who sent crap to me all the time. But no spam as of yet. have used an Apple since 2000. Oh and I don't have any extra virus detection downloaded either. Set up right out of the box!
Re: Dealing With Scammers by mrsthing on 25 October 2008 6:09pm
We must have really good virus protection software, because our Macs have never gotten anything. Even the PC has been pretty clear--we've had it 6 years or so and I think it's only been infected once, and with a pretty wimpy virus at that. My husband runs the virus checker once a week.

A lot of things can carry viruses, though: attachments, mostly. And don't ever respond to a spam message, because you can expose your computer that way. A lot of those much forwarded "cute" or "inspirational" emails that require you to open a PowerPoint slideshow or a jpg file are infected, too. I generally trust anything that makes it through our complicated lines of defense.
Re: Dealing With Scammers by bIG bLOGGER on 26 October 2008 3:27pm
Patty: Thank you for your prompt reply; yes,I completely agree it would be nicer if the "Vitals Statistics" palins travels section were for 'members read/access only'.Thank you to all who have put down comments here;--it is some solace to know I am not the only one who has been targeted with this rubbish.

I read a rather alarming report in our 'METRO' newspaper in July,2008. It said Britain is the 'spam capital' of the world,with almost a quarter of all get-rich-quick rogue e-mails ending up in Britons' inboxes. As regards West Africa,I have (so far) not received any from Nigeria or Burkina Faso; mine have come from Ivory Coast(Abidjan) and Benin (Cotonou).The report said that 23%of spam from Nigeria is sent to Britain. And Britain receives more 'adult' content spam than any other country worldwide,except the US.
They did a test: 5 British volunteers were given PC's without any firewall security protection,and blow me down,they were bombarded with almost 12,000 e-mails in one month--80 each, per day!
Many of the spam messages were what's called 'phishing',which is pretending to be from trustworthy sources to gain passwords and other private information.
Re: Dealing With Scammers by mrsthing on 26 October 2008 10:08pm
Yes, as a general rule:

Never, ever give your password away via email.

Never, ever give you credit card number, bank account number, or social security number to anyone via email.

Never open emails from unknown sources with enticing subjects, like "Britney Spears Naked!" because they're often embedded with viruses that are activated as soon as you click on the link or open the attachment.

Email offers that seem too good to be true are.

There is no way to track email forwards, so you can't donate money to any person or cause just by forwarding email.

Nothing special will happen because you forward an email, no matter how many people you forward it to. Likewise, nothing bad will happen because you fail to forward an email.

Email petitions are usually ignored by the recipients, because there's no way to verify the names. If you want to make your voice heard, send an email directly to your government representative, send them a letter via snail mail, or call them.

However, an email that gives you a link to a petition, or directs you to a site where there's a petition you can sign, MAY--MAY be legitimate. Could be a hoax, too.

One way to check on something is to go to www.snopes.com (the Urban Legends website) and search for it. It's worth checking these things out before annoying your friends and co-workers with a hoax, or worse, passing along a computer virus to them.

Oh--and John Cleese DID NOT write that "Revocation of Independence" thing. That came from an office worker cracking a joke with a friend. And he told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on...
Re: Dealing With Scammers by peripatetically on 26 October 2008 11:42pm
Excellent advice, Judy!
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