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    JDNSW is offline RoverLord Silver Subscriber
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    Why on earth would anyone fall for this?

    Got an email this morning, ostensibly from my RSP, telling me to send my username and password to them so they can tell me the state of my webmail mailbox.

    1. The email came from an address that shows no relation to the RSP's address. The timestamp suggests it came from the Americas!

    2. The address to reply to is in the .ru domain (Russia).

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    The right person in the wrong state of mind would click on it.

    Among other things, I run the company IT. I've lost count of the amount of times I've had a paniced phone call about a "notification from the server" saying they were going to lose access to their e-mail and "is it legit?".

    All it takes is that one uncertain person to click through and they've won.

    You and I know what to look for, but honestly anything "computer related" is black magic to *most* people, so to the perpetrators it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

    We've had a massive spike in phishing e-mails in the last 3 days, so someone new has obviously obtained a list and off they go.

    They only need one "winner" to make it worthwhile, and I guarantee they get more than one.

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    I cannot recall ever buying 'NORTON' products.... but this...

    (3) Last NOTICE - We are not Responsible if you do not Renew Your Subscription!

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    I've only copied the body of text... just in case.

    From ;- ....... "Yeah, R-i-i-i-i-i-i-ght" (extra letter inserted)

    Oh, a previous email warned me "YOUR device hacked..." and last week's offering was.. " Message 4: Your license expired today; there are (395) viruses on your device"

    Oddly, .... AVAST can't find any of them !

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