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#1 PCIlliterateGal

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 02:56 AM

In my inbox there is an email by CluB ChiLL and the subject is YOUR ACTIVITY. I never once have received spam at this address, and I am in no way associated with any group called CluB ChiLL, never heard of it. I am likely just being paranoid...but I just was wondering if this a known hoax or something. I know that one shouldn't open unexpected attachments, but I was wondering if something could go wrong if I even open a suspicious email.

The subject (YOUR ACTIVITY) kinda caught my attention, since I have been concerned that my internet activity is being monitored in some way, and this particular email addy is the alternate in my Yahoo account, which I suspect has been trespassed lately. If I am right about that, then whoever has been in the Yahoo account would know the alternate address and could try to gyp me in some way...I know, probably far-fetched, but...I am a paranoid computer novice, so it's to be expected.

Any insight would be helpful.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:42 AM

Unless an e-mail is from a known contact, never open it.

Spammers are very tricky. The subject "Your Activity" is just a clever way to get you to open it. Even if it is not a virus laden e-mail. And it is spam, once opened, the spammer then knows that they have reached a legitimate address. Then you could be inudated with spam.

Why borrow trouble? :thumbsup:

Edited by scarlett, 28 June 2005 - 05:29 AM.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:11 AM

I know that one shouldn't open unexpected attachments, but I was wondering if something could go wrong if I even open a suspicious email.


Very much so. If this is an HTML email then you could be connecting to a website and downloading a virus. Delete the email.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:46 AM

Thanks y'all. I'm glad I didn't open it. I will delete the email soon as possible.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 07:37 AM

I would suggest you change your email application to only read messages as plain text as an extra precaution.
See the information under "security risk" at:
http://www.american.edu/cas/econ/htmlmail.htm


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Edited by jgweed, 28 June 2005 - 08:45 AM.

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