The Anonymous Widower

One Line Spam E-Mails

I have seen a large increase in the number of one line spam e-mails over the last week or so.

Typically, the e-mail has the following characteristics.

  1. There is rarely a Subject
  2. The sender maybe someone you know and the e-mail address is not encoded.
  3. The e-mail is copied to lots of other people, who often are connected to the sender. I’ve just received one from Australia and it is copied to masses of people in the country.
  4. The body of the e-mail consists of a single complicated link. Don’t click this, as you’ll get infected with a virus or an advert for a drug you don’t need.

So what should you do if you get such an e-mail?

Ask Leo has the details here.  Read it.

He says that the sender’s e-mail account has been hacked, so contact them immediately and get them to run a virus check on their computer and change their password and account recovery questions.

I would also advise, that if they use HOTMAIL, GMAIL, YAHOO or any other free e-mail to move away from that account and get a new account.  I know it’s a pain, but they could use your account to send other things that you might not like, as they have your current ID and password.

Read Leo as I said and if you don’t believe me, believe him.

I have had five of these e-mails in the last couple of weeks; two from friends, a couple from Australia and another from who knows where.

The frequency seems to be increasing.

June 21, 2012 - Posted by | Computing | , , ,

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