[MA-SOC] OT: Insidious new type of spam by hackers - please be careful!

R. Torres rtorres81 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 19:41:12 EDT 2008


I think it might be a chain letter.

Though honestly I see that sometimes e-mail that looks like sent from me. I
just delete spam. I check the sent items so I know its not from me. So I do
not worry.

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 6:55 PM, Alain-Christian
<mynamebackwards at gmail.com>wrote:

> 1) AOL - nuff said, amirite?
>
> Is this a chain letter from the mid-nineties or something?
>
> On 10/14/08, Oneirophile at aol.com <Oneirophile at aol.com> wrote:
> > Mina-san,
> >
> > I wanted to give you all a heads-up about a new and rather scary kind of
> > spam.  I recently got one of those bogus Viagra ads, masquerading as a
> > Microsoft
> > Corporation announcement.... nothing unusual about that.  So I  sent it
> to
> > my
> > spam folder.  But when I checked my spam folder again just to  see who
> the
> > offending sender was, I discovered that the "From" was my very own
>  e-mail!
> > Not
> > similar, not a variation, but completely identical to  mine.
> >
> >
> > I immediately moved the bogus ad out of my spam folder, fearing  that I
> > would
> > be reporting my own e-mail as a spammer.  I then phoned AOL  and spoke to
> > one
> > of their reps.  He told me that this tactic is unusual,  but not unheard
> of,
> > and it means that someone got access to my AOL  password.  That was even
> > more
> > scary, because I have never told *anyone* my  AOL password.... not even
> my
> > husband or my son.  And I've never typed my  password into any e-mails or
> > online
> > forms, either (I know better than to do  that!).  Apparently, the new
> > generation of hackers knows how to crack  passwords without even tricking
> > their
> > victims into revealing them.
> >
> > The AOL rep told me that all we could do is to run a scan with our
> > antivirus
> > software (we've got up-to-date McAfee), and to change my password more
> > frequently.  There's no other recourse -- I cannot report it as spam,
> > because I'd
> > be reporting my own e-mail as the sender.
> >
> > The moral of the story is this:  When you get spam, do  NOT automatically
> > send it to the spam folder without first checking the  sender.  If the
> > sender
> > appears as your own e-mail, it means that your  password has been cracked
> > and you
> > should not send it to the spam folder, -- just  delete it and run a virus
> > scan IMMEDIATELY.  After the scan is complete be  sure to change your
> > password.... and change it more often in the future.
> >
> > Just a word to the wise from
> > your sadder-but-wiser buddy,
> > Jill
> >
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