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New Email Virus Going Around

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by TXKajun, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey++

    There is a new virus going around via email. It comes from someone you know and is titled "Private Message". When you click it, it sends you to a page that asks you to answer questions to win an ipod or some other goodie. By the time you click off the page, the virus is already inside your computer. It then, immediately, takes your email addresses and sends the same message to everyone on your email address list.


    Hope this saves some folks some heartache and trouble. It got through all my Firefox filters and other anti-spam and anti-virus software.

  2. PAGUY

    PAGUY Monkey

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Improvise, Adapt, Modify, and Overcome. FTM/PTB
  3. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    Why would you open an email from anyone you don't already know in the first place ? I get as many as 5-6 a day where they get my email address from my web pages. I don't open them. I can spot the phonies from the real emails at first glance. By the way, if you didn't enter a contest, how on earth can you expect to win anything ? It is simply a new twist on an old scam. There are no free lunches young man
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  4. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey++

    As I often tell my son, "I may be an idiot, but I am not a total idiot." If you had read my warning, you would have seen that the virus sends the infected file from personal addressbooks using the person's email name and server. The email I got was from my brother-in-law's email account, sent as far as I could tell by him. He is the type of person who would send an email titled Private Message. All it took was opening the email to read to start the infection on my computer. The way I found out it was an infection was by getting one email bounced back as well as having my own email address in my addressbook which got me a copy again.

  5. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Thanks TXKajun

    Little late ;) I got so much Viagra & stuff from Nigeria .. Just kidding

    You should see if your ISP has a web mail service . That way You view the stuff , like viewing this forum.
    I always use a webmail , and then I decide If the attached is legit , Ya know Snap-on is tools ;) ..

    Just funnin Sir.

  6. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Yup, many of the successful scams have already compromised the contact lists of your friends and family. Makes for justification to ignore them [clp]
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