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Standard User GeoffB
(experienced) Sun 23-Jan-11 18:35:52
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Anyone recognise this scam?


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I have received several emails purporting to be from a large energy company thanking me for switching to them. There is a link to a very legitimate-looking website in the email. I have never had anything to do with this company and I'm sure it's a scam - are they after my bank details? (No chance of me giving them any personal info, of course). I've done a full Norton scan and there's nothing nasty installed on my computer. I clicked the link in the email by accident and kicked myself afterwards for being so stupid. No ill effects so far as I wasn't in Admin mode, just restricted rights.

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Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sun 23-Jan-11 18:53:30
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Re: Anyone recognise this scam?


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Do they address you by name or simply as Dear Customer or some such?

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Standard User GeoffB
(experienced) Sun 23-Jan-11 19:27:01
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Re: Anyone recognise this scam?


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No, it's my name.

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Sun 23-Jan-11 20:00:26
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Re: Anyone recognise this scam?


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Report the linked web-site as a phisher. Firefox has a tab under Help (Report Web Forgery). If you are wrong little harm will be done, if you're right you might have helped someone.
Standard User GeoffB
(experienced) Tue 25-Jan-11 06:50:07
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Re: Anyone recognise this scam?


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The energy company involved say that someone with the same name as me and a virtually identical email address had applied to switch. His messages had come to me. One of my current suppliers' call centre girls asked if she could pass me on to their IT/security department; they were very interested!
The particular address involved is one that I signed up to years ago and never used much. Just before Christmas I used it to order something online from a well-known retailer. Prior to that I had never received any messages in about 5 years and virtually no Spam. Since the New Year I've had about 30 messages and dozens of spam emails.

Advent laptop/Dell Inspiron 6000/Dell mini all using XP and 2Gb RAM
Dell Studio 15 with Win7 and 4Gb RAM
Belkin N router (cable) (VM 20Mb
Voyager 2100 via BT line (8Mb/s) as backup
BT Option 3 / Virgin cable 20Mbs
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Standard User john2007
(legend) Tue 25-Jan-11 15:12:47
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So a typo by a data entry person when typing the other customer's e-mail address? Seems an odd mistake in this day and age.
Standard User 4M2
(member) Tue 25-Jan-11 15:51:39
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Think I would download Hitman Pro (trial) and do a scan just to be on the safe side and let it kill all tracking cookies.
Standard User Deadbeat
(knowledge is power) Fri 04-Feb-11 01:00:43
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Karen's WhoIs from KarenWare is a small and simple but very useful free tool for quickly checking out who a site is actually registered to. Out of interest, who is your ISP?

Edited by Deadbeat (Fri 04-Feb-11 01:01:41)

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