Have you ever received an email like the attached picture shown? I have a few times received such emails with the senders address details shown as though they have sent this email to me. In the above example I have changed the name and email address (using both publisher and paint programs) to my details to protect the real senders details. I have Kaspersky Internet Security who detected that this email original was [!!SPAM] and so warned me.
Keep yourself safe and have a look at the below site:
hacked: Mail is actually being sent from your account by someone logged in to your … and used to send junk mail, the junk mail will also show your name and address … your account, because the sender has access to your personal address book. …. he can continue to use his copy to send junk mail to your contacts forever.
If you have been sent this type of email from a friend, their computer has been either hacked or spoofed. How this has happened, what you can do about it, and how you can avoid that happening in the future is shown on the above link.
In this day and age it is important to keep your information safe to protect yourself and your friends. My guru computer help has just had to completely reformat the lap top computer my husband has been using, as he had been hacked. Avoid that happening to you. Don’t open anything that seems suspicious and make sure you follow the suggestions on the above article.
I would also like to advise you of another program, details here –
Heartbleed: What You Need to Know. News broke this week of a wide-reaching security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed affects OpenSSL
A great program – for personal users such as ourselves, I have downloaded the ‘FREE’ version. It generates my passwords – up to 30 characters long (letters, numbers and symbol mixes – with the option of shortening or removing symbols where sites won’t use these). It logs me into the sites automatically. It keeps me safe from some hacker who tries to find my password on the various sites I am on.
Don’t forget to check with Hoax Slayer, Urban legend, truthorfixtion and/or Snopes that the supposed ‘must pass on’ information people send you, are true and are not hackers sending them to one person who then sends it to all their friends, who send it to all their friends, and in the process all these emails are collected to continue to spam you infinitum.
Do yourself a favour and read the below here –
To all re-senders of emails,
Please take a few minutes to read the following information concerning the re-sending or ‘forwarding’ the emails we receive from friends and relatives.
“Here is something everyone should read and take the advice. If you don’t, you’re hurting yourself and your email buddies.
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with http://www.snopes.com, < www.hoax-slayer.com> and/or <http://www.truthorfiction.com> for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. They are all excellent sites.
Advice from Snopes.com very important!
1. Any time you see an email that says,
“Forward this on to ’10’ (or however many) of your friends”;
“Sign this petition, or you’ll get bad luck/good luck”;
“You’ll see something funny on your screen after you send it”;
it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to.
The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of ‘active’ email addresses to use in SPAM emails, or sell to other spammers.
Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you’re not ashamed of God/Jesus …that’s email tracking and they’re playing on your conscience. These people don’t care how they get your email addresses – just as long as they get them.
2. Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease –
“how would you feel if that was your child?”
….Email Tracking!!! Ignore them and don’t participate!
Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers and spammers – to validate active email accounts for their own
You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favour by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future!
If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much SPAM!
Do yourself a favour and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound, or make you feel guilty if you don’t! It’s all about getting email addresses – nothing more!
You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached! Plus, you are helping the spammers get rich! Let’s stop making it easy for them!
Also: email petitions are NOT acceptable to Government, or any other organisation – i.e. social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you’re just helping the email trackers.
Please read this story here:
And here’s another take on the subject:
IMPORTANT!! HOW TO FORWARD EMAIL APPROPRIATELY
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send emails. Please read the short letter below, even if you’re sure you already follow proper procedures.
“Do you really know how to forward emails?
50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it?
Every time you forward an email there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email addresses & names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his computer.
Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That’s right, all of that inconvenience over five cents.
How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
(1) When you forward an email, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That’s right, DELETE them.
Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the ‘Forward’ button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don’t click on ‘Forward’ first, you won’t be able to edit the message at all.
(2) Whenever you send an email to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding email addresses. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy)field for listing the email addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own email address.
If you don’t see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that’s it, it’s that easy.
When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say ‘Undisclosed Recipients’ in the ‘TO:’ field of the people who receive it.
(3) Remove any ‘FW :’ in the subject line.
You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual email you are reading.
Ever get those emails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many emails just to see what you sent.
(5) Have you ever got an email that is a petition?
It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses.
A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition.
(Actually, if you think about it, who’s supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don’t believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just ain’t so!)
(6) One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, ‘Send this email to 10 people and you’ll see something great run across your screen.’ Or, sometimes they’ll just tease you by saying something really cute will happen.
IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!
(Trust me, I’m still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don’t let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed.
(7) Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them.
Most of them are junk mail that’s been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes or the other sites shown above.
Its really easy to find out if it’s real or not. If it’s not, please don’t pass it on. So please, in the future, let’s stop the junk mail and the viruses.
Finally, here’s an idea!!! Let’s send this to everyone we know (but strip my address off first, please). And send them using the Bcc:… (Blind Carbon Copy.)
This is something that SHOULD be forwarded .
Warm wishes, Bruni