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    As a rule, I get very little spam, but....

    I do own a Vodafone, and I do get emails from them, but nothing that ever looked like this. There is no content to the email other than a text file which to me looks odd. Can a text file be harmful? Any thoughts?

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='774885' date='12-May-2009 14:50']As a rule, I get very little spam, but....

    I do own a Vodafone, and I do get emails from them, but nothing that ever looked like this. There is no content to the email other than a text file which to me looks odd. Can a text file be harmful? Any thoughts?[/quote]
    Don't know anything about Vodafone but if it's suspicious, either check with the Vodafone people or delete it.
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    Text files in themselves are harmless, but if you hide extensions of known file types, it could be something else masquerading as a text file. You could download it to your hard disk and let your antivirus program scan it for risks - most antivirus programs let you scan individual files.

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='774885' date='12-May-2009 13:50']As a rule, I get very little spam, but....

    I do own a Vodafone, and I do get emails from them, but nothing that ever looked like this. There is no content to the email other than a text file which to me looks odd. Can a text file be harmful? Any thoughts?[/quote]

    A text file can NOT be harmful. BUT, that may not really be a text file. The real extension may be hidden. Either contact Vodaphone to check on the validity or just delete the e-mail.

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    Thankyou Gents. I did download and scan with Kaspersky which showed nothing harmful. I opened the text file which contains web links that start....

    http://rm.vodafone.co.uk/......

    Being a text file, the links are not active and I have no intention of copying them to a browser. Not bovvered

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='774899' date='12-May-2009 20:20']Thankyou Gents. I did download and scan with Kaspersky which showed nothing harmful. I opened the text file which contains web links that start....

    http://rm.vodafone.co.uk/......

    Being a text file, the links are not active and I have no intention of copying them to a browser. Not bovvered [/quote]
    I would guess it is a mass email-merge that went wrong - are the links to graphic images?

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    Ok, so I looked, links direct to Vodafones home page >

    http://rm.vodafone.co.uk/emessage/servlet/...C6790E97B737694

    My guess is that your guess is spot on

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    PS:

    I did not create the above as a clickable link, I only pasted in from the text file. I did not realize that the lounge would automatically convert it?

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='774909' date='12-May-2009 22:10']PS:

    I did not create the above as a clickable link, I only pasted in from the text file. I did not realize that the lounge would automatically convert it?[/quote]
    Yes, that's a feature of the "new" Lounge software, intended to make it really easy to post a link...

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    [quote name='HansV' post='774911' date='12-May-2009 21:30']Yes, that's a feature of the "new" Lounge software, intended to make it really easy to post a link...[/quote]

    Well, I can hapilly report that it works!

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    [quote name='VegasNath' post='774899' date='13-May-2009 05:20']http://rm.vodafone.co.uk/......[/quote]

    Just a reminder that urls are read backwards and that anything to the left of the 'known' part of the domain name is somehting within that domain.

    So vodafone.co.uk looks (should be) reputable. The rm part is a subdomain within the vodafone domain. That's the clue I would look for to see if I want to trust a site.

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation do much the same thing for their email. Their domain name is abc.net.au If you email them, the address is xxxxxx@your.abc.net.au More marketing than techie, but the branding works in this case.

    But, if as you have assumed, that it is a mass email gone wrong, they don't deserve to have it read!

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