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Old 04-12-2012, 07:21 AM
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Anyone else noticing a big incease in this?

I had my account jacked for spam last week. Changed password took care of it.

Seems everyday that I received a spam e-mail from some contact that has the same thing happen.

This week I receive and e-mail from verizon thanking me for my payment of X, which was 2 thousand more than my payment from a bank account. It included links and opportunities for me to enter passwords to login.

It turns out that the e-mail was sent from a valid Verizon e-mail address, but they had been hacked.

You have to be so careful these days not to click on anything or ever enter password, unless you are 100% sure of who you are communicating with.

If I had been on the phone at the time or otherwise not paying full attention I would have clicked or entered into my account.
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My MSN email account got hacked a few weeks ago and sent out bullshit links to everyone in my contact list. Really pissed me off! Changing the already strong password reset everything and I was able to post on Facebook to most friends NOT to click any of the links. A complete virus sweep on my computer at home showed nothing and I hadn't accessed my email there in over a month -- guess what? I had only accessed my email through my phone and that had to be where the hack occurred. Beware!

By the way, I connected my phone via USB to my computer and virus scanned it, but it came up clean, too. So trying to figure out where these email hacks come from (true hacks, not spoofing) is nearly impossible.

A couple televised public hangings of convicted hackers would go a long way towards solving the problem!
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What I don't get is that if someone clicks on the spam link they are just going to be pissed and not want anything to do with the advertisement. At least I would.

I dont see why we cant go after the destination of the link as they must have something to do with the hacking.

I had a weak password, but I guess it doesnt matter as they got yours anyway.

Bottom line is that we all have to be very careful with the use of our machines, regradless of what anti-virus is being run.
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I agree, I am afraid to click on any e-mail from my credit card company's. I would think they would know better than to send me an email as to my account, any hacker can duplicate their website. I always close my email and go directly to their website then log on, don't ever trust the links on a email correspondence from them.
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happened to my wife and sister in law last week and a friend last month. All with "name brand" domains...att.net, yahoo.com, gmail
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I noticed this alot lately and even on my own account like the OP is stating. Funny thing I have a very secure password, upper and lower case, with symbols and a number.
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It has happened to two friends of mine who I trade a few emails with. I let both of them know I was receiving spam from them and they were puzzled. Didn't know about changing the password..thought they would have found another way into the acct....
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Originally Posted by demjjm View Post
I noticed this alot lately and even on my own account like the OP is stating. Funny thing I have a very secure password, upper and lower case, with symbols and a number.
If some hacker manages to install a keystroke logger on your computer, it doesn't matter how strong you make your password.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:49 PM
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You really have to be creative with your password <-)jz!%:"; usually works........ :-)
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