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31 Jul 2009 00:00 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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Just now I received this (when I hover on the 'Support Centre' it says wesam@ghana.com )

From Support Centre to Undisclosed recipient
Deactivation of Your Email Address
 
Attention:
We received an unusual Response code from this email address requesting for
deactivation. If you did send this request ignore this message.
Automatically deactivation will take place within 24 hours after reading
this message. But if you feel is an error message then follow the step
below to keep account active.
 
In order to verify/keep your email address active, you are to provide the
following data;
 
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW
First Name: ____________________________
Last Name: _____________________________
Email Username: ________________________
Email Password: ________________________
Account Deactivation: ______ (specify yes to deactivate. No to keep active)
Reason for Deactivation :_____________( if yes)
 
Warning!!! In failure to verify your email account within 48hrs on
receiving this notification, your account will automatically be deactivated
 
Thank you for using our Webmail!
Warning Code: AHGF8Z02ARO
 
Kind regards,
The webmail service Team Management.
ABN 33
All rights reserved.
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I was just looking at the settings in my account for http://www.slide.com & changed it to not having comments & I unticked the box for ' Send me email for new comments' as they'd been set otherwise as the default , then suddenly this email arrived. 
 
Related ?? Coincidence ?? 


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31 Jul 2009 08:20 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2414 posts Send private message

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I don't know what slide.com is, but this is a common form of a phisihing email. Of course, it is asking for your email (presumably used as a username) and for your password and hey presto they have control of your account. Emails like this should just be deleted.

If you are that worried about it, you should contact the support centre through their website so you can ensure it goes to the right place and certainly not the supplied email in West Africa!

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31 Jul 2009 15:15 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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Hola Mark, I was hoping you would answer.

Slide.com is a way of creating slide shows using photographs & graphics from your hard drive. It really is excellent, you can do so much including adding text & music, quite a time waster.  You can do heaps more too.

Now the first two slide shows I made were for my blog & I hadn't signed up at that point, I was just learning & finding my way around. They gave you a HTML code to embed it wherever you had the facility to embed it. Then I realised that there was a list with Facebook, Blogger etc on & I clicked on that but it said I needed to sign up to use it so I joined with my email address & a password, the usual set up. Then, when I clicked the Facebook link it displayed my effort on my Facebook page which was quite ingenious, I thought.

As I would usually do I checked the account settings & saw two boxes ticked as default, one was 'Send me email for new comments' & the other was 'do you want comments' so I unticked both. It was then I received the email. Of course I certainly wasn't about to give details it wanted but I'd never seen that phishing mail mentioned around forums so thought I'd mention it here.

 I've deleted my photos in there & my account too as I can use it & just get the HTML embed code anyway to use on my blog, not on Facebook but that isn't going to bother me.



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31 Jul 2009 18:20 by philevans Star rating in Axminster Devon & Sa.... 187 posts Send private message

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Check this link

http://www.defreeze.net/index.php/web-design/defreeze-blog/deactivation_of_your_email_address_email_is_a_scam/



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31 Jul 2009 18:27 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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http://www.defreeze.net/index.php/web-design/defreeze-blog/deactivation_of_your_email_address_email_is_a_scam/

Thanks Phil, it must be the very first time I'd not Googled to find this out. (Feel a tiddy bit foolish )

Anyway I've removed my photos & deleted the a/c & told the site I resent being sent phishing mails (seeing as they requested a reason why I'd deleted my a/c after only being a member a couple of hours).

It doesn't stop me using the site.

 



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31 Jul 2009 18:35 by philevans Star rating in Axminster Devon & Sa.... 187 posts Send private message

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Just a reminder for everyone

If you receive emails from your bank asking to confirm your bank details and A/No and pins.

DO NOT REPLY TO THEM



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31 Jul 2009 18:56 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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Ah, but they don't come from your bank, Phil, do they ? 

You are asked never to respond if the bank doesn't address you by your name within the email. (Having said that ICICI don't !) They will not request details such as your PIN & they will have your a/c details themselves.

Actually, if you look online in your bank's site they ask you to forward the emails to them & give a special address.



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31 Jul 2009 19:00 by philevans Star rating in Axminster Devon & Sa.... 187 posts Send private message

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You're quite right more, but there are some good forgeries about, which look legit

 

Dont get caught!!!



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02 Aug 2009 10:12 by sms0611 Star rating in Fuengirola. 21 posts Send private message

Just a little addendum to the other comments, with which i agree wholeheartedly.

 

When signing up for any new service, whether it be a forum or requesting information I always use one of the free email (Google's gmail or MS's hotmail) accounts if asked to supply and email address. That way any mail arriving on the account can be easily kept seperately and scrutinised before responding. If I later decide to have a long term relationship with the site I can then change my email address to the one I normally use.

It is also worthwhile setting your email program to only accept email from people in your contact/address book. That way any unsolicited mail will always be put into your junk mail folder not your inbox. This in itself should then act as a warning no matter how official something may appear.



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02 Aug 2009 16:05 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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 sms but I'm old & I forget.



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02 Aug 2009 21:26 by sms0611 Star rating in Fuengirola. 21 posts Send private message

More,

   Whilst age may be an excuse for many of our pecadilos, i too am no spring chicken, it is unfortunately the fact that many of our more senior citizens are the specific targets of criminals on the web.

   I behoves people like me, who have been a part of the IT revolution almost since its inception, to aid, assist and advise those who do not posess the knowledge and experience that I have, to allow them to use the internet in the most advantageous and above all safe way for their benefit and not for the benefit of those whom would prey upon them.

   I am sorry to say that if you are incapable of taking even the most simple and basic of precautions whilst using the net then perhaps you may well be better off not using it at all.

   The internet is not a toy, to be played with as and when it suits you, it is, more or less, an open door to the whole of the outside world to come and pay you a visit.

   As you would. no doubt, extend invitations to visit only to known and trusted individuals, and open your front door only to a trusted face, so must you approach your use of the internet.

   Your email, forum, blog and similar activities are your front door in the digital world. Treat them as you would that heavy, locked, barred and alarmed entrance to your home.

 



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02 Aug 2009 23:02 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6942 posts Send private message

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 I am sorry to say that if you are incapable of taking even the most simple and basic of precautions whilst using the net then perhaps you may well be better off not using it at all.

There's a few on here who would say the same, sms.  I live & learn, like most of us. You'd be surprised how many people we know who bank online yet don't even have a virus checker such as the AVG free edition, now THAT is foolhardy. Anyway, I'm off, goodnight.



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