Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Might as well hand 'em the keys to the car as well...

So I got this in my mail this morning and for those of you who haven't run into the concept yet, it screams 'Scam!' 'Phishing!' 'Identity theft!' 'Account hijacking!'

DO NOT! EVER! EVER! EVER! click on this kind of link. If not sure, check with your bank, but most of them nowadays and other services such as EBay, Paypal, etc... do not request this kind of information. Instead of using the link, go directly to the services website ~ if they want you, there is usually a message on your account. (And it's more likely to be written by someone literate.)

If you're still not sure, email their security department. Paypal (for example) has an address to send this sorta stuff and they will tell you if it's a spoof. I mean, look at the email address they are using ~ does that come across as MSN to you?

Oh ~ and if you don't believe me...? It's from IP Address which funnily enough is in Nigeria. Not exactly a hotbed of MSN corporate activity.

Hotmail Account Alert !!!‏
From: Windows Live™ Team
Sent: June 24, 2009 4:56:13 AM
To: Windows Live™ Team (

Dear Account User


This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care and we are sending it to every Hotmail Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below.

Confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

* Username: .............................
* Password: ................................
* Date of Birth: ............................
* Country Or Territory: ................

After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
The Windows Live Hotmail Team

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So How Come?

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I have two blogs at the moment - Here Be Dragons which is devoted to rental scams primarily sourced through Craigslist although the proliferation of free ad sites has widened the hunting grounds. Many additions come from other sources (ie: blogs/anti-scam sites/online community ad sites) or are provided by people who want to share their experiences. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is for copies of scammail that I find in my mailboxes ~ sometimes I can't resist the odd acerbic comment but for the most part I post 'em because the more that people do, the fewer fools they get to gull. Dunno what to say about me that would be very interesting ~ I'm a granny who reads, gardens and crafts as the mood strikes me. :) I don't particularly care for the social predators on this planet and this blog is part of my way of saying so.