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Message 1475946 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 4:53:15 UTC

Is their a new email virus out masquerading as different types of
legal proceedings? I find I have a legal claim has been awarded to me
in Virginia and I have been evicted in Chicago. I'm nowhere near those
areas and when I tried to download the zip files on a Linux machine
Hotmail refuses to do it because they contain an unknown virus. Who
would have thought Hotmail would be that protecting of my interests?

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Message 1475952 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 5:17:20 UTC - in response to Message 1475946.

Is their a new email virus out masquerading as different types of
legal proceedings? I find I have a legal claim has been awarded to me
in Virginia and I have been evicted in Chicago. I'm nowhere near those
areas and when I tried to download the zip files on a Linux machine
Hotmail refuses to do it because they contain an unknown virus. Who
would have thought Hotmail would be that protecting of my interests?


Maybe it's me, but I would never had downloaded any of these!
I don't even view the images in such spam mail. No matter what machine I'm running! And I'm running one of the most vulnerable machines out there. Windows...

Good luck collecting because all you'll collect is more spam, and more headaches.
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Message 1475953 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 5:23:18 UTC

There are new viruses that are only attracted to goats.
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Message 1475954 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 5:26:06 UTC - in response to Message 1475953.

There are new viruses that are only attracted to goats.


I'm aware of those, and stay away from those as well.

Are you aware of the "Fruit Bat" ones? They are particularly dangerous!
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Message 1475955 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 5:31:10 UTC - in response to Message 1475954.

There are new viruses that are only attracted to goats.


I'm aware of those, and stay away from those as well.

Are you aware of the "Fruit Bat" ones? They are particularly dangerous!

I have had all of them and survived. I am a very tough Fruitbat.
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Message 1475959 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 5:38:37 UTC

I have gotten a few legal looking ones. But I dont open them just delete them. The one I like is the paypal one I get. That I need to update my account. Seeing as I never had paypal, Thats a big tip not to open right off.
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Message 1475981 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 6:09:48 UTC

There is malware that is embedded in ads -- be cautious.
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Message 1475990 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 6:35:35 UTC - in response to Message 1475981.

Hence my trying to look at them on a Linux machine.
You can't report them to the appropriate parties if you
can't down load them and take a look at them.

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Message 1476005 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 6:57:12 UTC - in response to Message 1475946.

Is their a new email virus out masquerading as different types of
legal proceedings? I find I have a legal claim has been awarded to me
in Virginia and I have been evicted in Chicago. I'm nowhere near those
areas and when I tried to download the zip files on a Linux machine
Hotmail refuses to do it because they contain an unknown virus. Who
would have thought Hotmail would be that protecting of my interests?

If it was legit, it'd be sent by registered mail. ;-)

Cheers.

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Message 1476009 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 7:03:42 UTC - in response to Message 1476005.

Is their a new email virus out masquerading as different types of
legal proceedings? I find I have a legal claim has been awarded to me
in Virginia and I have been evicted in Chicago. I'm nowhere near those
areas and when I tried to download the zip files on a Linux machine
Hotmail refuses to do it because they contain an unknown virus. Who
would have thought Hotmail would be that protecting of my interests?

If it was legit, it'd be sent by registered mail. ;-)

Cheers.

Or a process server:)
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Message 1476034 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 8:16:05 UTC - in response to Message 1475990.
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Hence my trying to look at them on a Linux machine.
You can't report them to the appropriate parties if you
can't down load them and take a look at them.

If it supposedly comes from a bank or other institution, they normally have specific "spam e-mail" address that you can forward the e-mail to, all the banks in the UK do as does the Bank of America. I know because I have forwarded many e-mails to various banks and companies over the years.

I have given up recently as it seems to make no difference to the number you get. Having had several e-mail address over the years I probably get 20-30 a week. And no they are not new, virus loaded attachments have been around for a while now.
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Message 1476038 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 8:38:38 UTC

I have a Paypal account, but anything I get addressing issues is Spam. I forward it to them and the address it. Issues get solved. So some are on the ball. Or at least for me, as I am a trusted reporter.
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Message 1476047 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 9:01:12 UTC

A couple of years ago there was a surge in these scams from Nigeria saying some government official had a spare million pounds left over from a closed project etc etc. There was an email address at New Scotland Yard that you could forward them to, and they were supposed to be tackling the Nigerian embassy on the issue. I've no idea if they actually did but they seemed to die off after a while.

The only real protection is to NOT OPEN any email you aren't expecting, or from anyone you don't know in the first place. Most of this stuff is sent with a read receipt which means that as soon as you open it they will know they have reached a real live account, and you'll get more stuff. About 95% of the silly stuff goes straight into my spam folder by default, and I just clear it out once a week without even bothering to look in it. Very rarely do I lose an email that I did actually need, and in any case if it is that important it will be sent again.

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Message 1476139 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 15:35:02 UTC

I get a lot of emails claiming to be from AT&T saying I need to update or validate or whatever to my account. Most of them are obviously fake just by their bad grammar. Recently, I had one that looked pretty legitimate, with proper details and such in it, but I still didn't trust it.

Then I heard independently that Yahoo email had been compromised. AT&T's web email interface is through Yahoo, so I went into my account and changed the passwords on all my addresses. One of them had to be reset because it was saying the old password I was entering was wrong. It could be that it was compromised, or it could be I had a different password on it than I thought I did. Anyway, it's straightened out now.

On Sunday, I got a couple of spam tweets. I tweeted back to the friend and he said he'd already changed his password. (Which amounts to the most activity I've had on Twitter in years.)
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Message 1476251 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 20:38:18 UTC - in response to Message 1476005.

That's my understanding also.

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Message 1476253 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 20:39:33 UTC - in response to Message 1476009.


Or a process server:)

Agreed.

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Message 1476257 - Posted: 12 Feb 2014, 20:51:55 UTC

Thanks for the answers. I'm cognizant of past viral approaches.
What was new with these were that they were posted masquerading as legit email from legitimate legal offices. My post was twofold. To see if others had information not known to me an to provide a bit of a heads up to others.

As nothing new has been forthcoming, I'll ask the mods to lock the thread
and let everyone return to more important matters. ;)

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