I've been phished--sorry if any of you got weird emails

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by TerryJ2, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    The first phish went through the letter "A" in my address book, and had a link to something in Google.
    The second one took "B" through "G" and sent out a link to a Canadian pharmacy.

    I guess I have to bring my computer to the shop on Monday ...

    The only good news is that AOL keeps a record of all emails sent and easily half of them were old and useless, so I deleted them. That's one way to clean out my address book, anyway.

    So, if anyone here gets a weird email from me, just hit "Delete." :(
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    SO WAS I!

    It was an email of mine from 8 years ago..long abandoned, but it has my name in it.

    My named email sent an ad for VIAGRA to all my friends, my doctor and the church secretary. HELP! What is the chance that they have my new email?

    Any advice????? What happened?????
  3. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Get a Mac...

  4. Marg's Man

    Marg's Man Member

    Getting a Mac won't necessarily help. I have a special email account that I deliberately don't protect from phishing - it's part of my work. As result I see more spam than the average bear to this address so I see most of the scams as soon as they arise.

    Phishing is what happens when you get one of 'those' emails asking you to click on a link to prevent you getting any more messages from the (usually) Russian girl offering you her nude pictures or the company suggesting that you buy the latest erection enhancement drug, cheap handbags, watches, or are unable to see this message, etc. I got a new one today, allegedly from Amazon confirming my latest order from them. It would have caught me except I haven't placed an Amazon order since last Christmas. This was one really good it looked V-E-R-Y real. The most dangerous ones come from mobs like banks and Paypal asking you to confirm your details by clicking on a link embedded in the email. If you think they might be real don't use the link but log in directly from your browser and see if the subject of the email is real that way.

    Whenever you get these pieces of rubbish you DON'T answer them in any way. Simply delete them.

    The only protection is extreme vigilance.

    Marg's Man
  5. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    I think it was because I did not delete my old account...which I did today. I hope this works. At least the person who hijaked wont likely have access to those names any more. Is my thinking right on this??? HELP.
  6. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    OMG, I'm sorry Nomad, but a Viagra ad to the church secretary? You just made her day! LOL!
    I sent you a PM.