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    • comper__9
    • By comper__9 3rd Jul 18, 1:33 PM
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    please be safe
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 1:33 PM
    please be safe 3rd Jul 18 at 1:33 PM
    I thought I would share this with all the members here.
    Although I have only had a handful of very small wins, I am very grateful to all who post solutions and competitions, and,, thought I would share this in the hope that it helps fellow members

    Just before I go into this, I want to say that I consider myself quite tech savvy, but even found myself caught out by "most" of these.

    I will list 5 examples of email spam/fake/phishinhg abuse, I have recently received.
    I have a DEDICATED competition email, and, check the forums each day for competitions here.
    I have removed my name / email just in case for security.

    Almost all of these emails use the format :-
    dear (your name)

    The most worrying/upsetting thing for me, is that a few of them used relatives names when sending. I have suffered a tremendous loss recently with my Mother, so I know that these were fake, however it doesn't make it any less distressing.

    Example 1: Letter of employment
    I have taken the time to do a domain name search, by viewing the email header and then doing a whois check, for registrar information.

    These are the senders details:-
    Name Server: NS1.MISTY-MACAQUE.COM
    Name Server: NS2.MISTY-MACAQUE.COM
    To report abuse

    Example 2
    Again, this is exactly the same person as example 1:-
    Name Server: NS1.MISTY-MACAQUE.COM
    Name Server: NS2.MISTY-MACAQUE.COM
    To report abuse

    Example 3
    a supposed CNN article referred to me by my Mother

    Senders details:-
    Domain Name: DRAB-DOG.COM
    Name Server: NS1.DNSOWL.COM
    Name Server: NS2.DNSOWL.COM
    Name Server: NS3.DNSOWL.COM
    Registry Domain ID: 2258871284_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
    To report abuse

    Example 4
    This was another worrying one for me. They have a time and date of the flight and everything.
    Given that I have entered competitions to win holidays, I was almost fooled by this.
    However, a quick google search showed, that is a fraudulent company on a massive scale, taking people's money for flights that never materialise.

    Senders details:-
    Domain Name: DEFICIARY.COM
    Name Server: NS1.DEFICIARY.COM
    Name Server: NS2.DEFICIARY.COM
    To report abuse

    Example 5
    One of the more "traditional" fake emails, this one was easy to spot.

    senders details:-
    Domain Name: 2THEAUDIENCE.COM
    Name Server: NS1.FNC.LU
    Name Server: NS2.FNC.LU
    To report abuse

    For what it's worth, what fooled me, was the fact that I saw what appeared to be genuine notifications from my email provider.
    Had it not been for malwarebytes blocking insafe domain names, I would have clicked through, when clicking on these:-
    "Do you classify this MESSAGE as unwanted/spam?"

    Now compare it to this, notice the difference?
    "Do you classify this EMAIL as unwanted/spam?"

    This last part really got me thinking. Like I said, I consider myself pretty tech savvy, but when it comes to e-mail, dont trust ANYTHING.
    That's my general rule.

    I used to be with hotmail, and, last year, spent the best art of 6 hours each day, filtering and tracing spam. I successfully got a lot of domains shut down, as i bombarded the support department with spam email reports, including headers.
    For a 1 month period, it was all quite on the western front, probably for a lot of other people too.

    If you need help/advice on how to trace/ show headers, what to look for please reply here or PM me, I am happy to help.

    I just thought I would post this in the hope that it helps people, as not all competions are created equal!
    Last edited by comper__9; 04-07-2018 at 2:42 PM.
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    • comper__9
    • By comper__9 3rd Jul 18, 1:34 PM
    • 120 Posts
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 1:34 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 1:34 PM
    I am unsure why the picture uploads aren't showing correctly . I will try and reupload somewhere else if they don't appear soon, my apologies

    *I have now uploaded them to a different image host, but they still weren't showing, so I have provided clicky links to the images. Please have a look as this will help inform people, thanks*
    Last edited by comper__9; 04-07-2018 at 2:40 PM.
    • topaz13
    • By topaz13 4th Jul 18, 2:12 PM
    • 121 Posts
    • 491 Thanks
    • #3
    • 4th Jul 18, 2:12 PM
    • #3
    • 4th Jul 18, 2:12 PM
    I had one the other day, supposedly from my daughter, which I thought was odd, as she always messages me normally, so the alarm bells started ringing. This was confirmed by the fact that my 'daughter' referred to me by my first name and not Mum. A little bit of digging showed that it was a scam and was duly reported! T'is worrying where they are getting our family's names from, because it certainly isn't from my email address book. I don't keep any contacts at all.
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 4th Jul 18, 3:54 PM
    • 39,566 Posts
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    • #4
    • 4th Jul 18, 3:54 PM
    • #4
    • 4th Jul 18, 3:54 PM
    Take care with what you enter and spam/dodgy e-mails should be few and far between* - I doubt I get that many in a year to my main comping e-mail address and although another that I use for sites I consider more dodgy gets several a month they are just both just comping e-mail addresses and as there is nothing "real" going them anything that pretends to be is spam.

    (* you cannot avoid the ones that just get sent to random addresses but they are usually the easiest to spot are are not addressed by name)
    Last edited by mjm3346; 04-07-2018 at 3:58 PM.
    Internet goodness 26115
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