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    Phony MS Email

    I received a phony email this morning, supposedly from Microsoft, with a "limited release" Windows update attached. Is there a special email address at Microsoft for reporting (and forwarding) baloney like this?

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    See the section "How do I report online fraud and identity theft?" in Identify fraudulent e-mail and phishing schemes. An e-mail address for reporting to Microsoft is listed.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    You could start with Virus and Security Solution Center. There is contact information and other links there.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    >> See the section "How do I report online fraud and identity theft?" in Identify fraudulent e-mail and phishing schemes. An e-mail address for reporting to Microsoft is listed. <<

    I reported this particular email, and Microsoft confirmed it was bogus. Per their instructions, I deleted it and the attachment. I just had a call from a friend who thinks he believed the email and executed the attachment. Have you heard what specific piece of c**p is embedded in that attachment, and how to get rid of it? I received the bogus email last Friday.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    Sorry, I have no way of knowing what the fake e-mail contained. But up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware programs should be able to contain and remove the threat.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    >> Here is one possible thiought <<

    Not the same message I got. Mine was plain text. Guess I'll just have to run some scans on the PC and see if anything turns up.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 17-Oct-08 08:52. forgot to run the spell checker)</P>Here is one possible thought
    Sunbelt Software decodes the attachment as IRC.Backdoor.Trojan.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    And since you brought up the subject of phony emails, I don't know how many other Loungers are inundated with this one as I am. I'm getting at a rate of one or two a day, phishing emails with a "from" address purporting to be from Bank of America. The emails seem to all be signed by a different name AND MailWasher Pro IS flagging them for me. I did write to Bank of America and got this in return:
    <hr>Thank you for contacting Bank of America to report a suspicious email. Through our research, we can confirm that the email you received was a “phishing,” or fraudulent email. Bank of America is working hard to shut down the fraudulent website. <hr>
    The emails all try to get you to click a LINK to go to some kind of site about "128 bit SAFE Login." I suppose THAT'S when the trouble would start! Loungers, beware!

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    I haven't seen e-mails (claiming to be) from Bank of America, but I do get similar e-mails. Banks NEVER ask their customers to confirm their private information by e-mail, so such e-mails are ALWAYS fraudulous.

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    Yeah, I know. And this one was (is) sneaky enough NOT to ask outright for any information. They "just" want you to click a link. Here's the sample text I clipped from MailWasher and sent to BOA's abuse address:
    <hr>Greetings.
    Bank of America Security News:

    Bank of America is committed to providing you with a convenient, safe and secure online banking experience, and we are continuously enhancing the security within our online banking services.
    As a broader measure to help you protect your business against fraud, Bank of America has developed a Fraud Prevention 128 bit SAFE Login.
    The Safe Login outlines security measures you can take to protect your company from both traditional fraudulent activity, like check fraud, as well as online fraud prevention techniques.

    Read more about installation of 128 bit SAFE Login>>

    Sincerely, Dorothy Mccarty.
    2008 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. <hr>
    The line I bolded was a VERY long link, the principal domain name of which is in a European country, NOT North America. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Phony MS Email

    Grrr... it emphasizes once again the importance of keeping your PC protected and being alert.

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