Re: [spanish-150] DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS IN EMAILS!

From: Marlene
Sent on: Monday, June 28, 2010 4:46 PM
Dear Friends,
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I just found out that my email account was being used for somebody else and they sent all kind of messages.
?I DID NOT sent the message about the "Viagra" I'm so sorry about that. And next time you see something like that it's not me and do not click on it.
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Thanks!!!
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Marlene
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PS: Sorry again. hehehe

2010/6/27 Deena Alansky <[address removed]>
Dear Friends/Queridos Amigos,

To keep your computer safe from viruses, spyware, malware, etc.; NEVER CLICK ON A LINK in an email that has NO OTHER MESSAGE or has a GENERIC SOUNDING MESSAGE! Clicking on an unknown link can DOWNLOAD & INSTALL bad, bad, bad things onto your computer!!!! A generic message is one that can apply to a million people.

If the Spanish Meetup is an "open Meetup group" then anyone can join, even spammers and scammers. Clicking on an unknown link can also send you to a web site with malicious code designed to install malicious software on your computer, in addition to the aforementioned threat of clicking on a link and directly downloading malicious software. (This happens in the background, and most people are unaware that a new program has even been installed.)

Just ONE example of a malicious program is a keystroke logging program, which captures your username and password to various accounts, and then has your computer email this info to someone, all done in the "background" of your computer without your knowledge. Then, these creeps can access your bank account, credit cards, and email--in order to send the malicious program to all of YOUR FRIENDS!

If you get an email with a generic message like, "Check out my party pics!" and no personally identifying message, I advise you NOT to click on the link! If you get an email with JUST A LINK, and no words at all, I advise you NOT to click on the link. This is a common ploy used by the bad guys to get YOU to install spyware and viruses on your own computer. DON'T BE FOOLED!

Tricking you in this way is called "Social Engineering" and it is a well documented phenomena. You can read about it on Wikipedia:? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_%28security%29.

Also, a LINK can be made to look like any text at all. When your mouse hovers over top of a link, look at the text that appears on the bottom of your browser window. It should MATCH the text in the link. If it doesn't, DON'T CLICK!

Watching out for you in cyber-space,

Deena the Geek :-)

P.S. Phyllis, it sounds like the link you clicked on was merely SPAM! Although, going to that web site might have also installed malicious software on your computer. Please make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date, and that you run a good anti-adware/anti-spyware program on your computer. I recommend Spybot Search & Destroy:? http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html
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From: Kory Manley <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sun, June 27,[masked]:21:05 PM
Subject: Re: [spanish-150] Re: [spanish-150]

Looks like her account got hacked and is being used or spam.

On Jun 27,[masked]:16 PM, "Phyllis Ellis Popper" <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi Marlene,

I would like to know what exactly you want us to see.? When I try the website you referred us to, it sends me to a pharmacy advertising products like viagra.? Que pasa?

Phyllis



From: Marlene <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sun, June 27,[masked]:31:13 PM
Subject: [spanish-150]


http://yatipow.angelfire.com/



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