10759Re: [GTh] "Important Document" is Phishing Attack
- Dec 20, 2013I received the same email, but I did not click on the link. I have a policy of not clicking on links unless I am sure they're legitimate; in this case the text in the post said "Important Document" but did not reference the Gospel of Thomas -- thus I was suspicious.
Today I received the same email, supposedly from a member of another group I joined (this one is about parakeets!), which leads me to believe that spammers are very actively going after members of Yahoo groups.
I decided to research how I can prevent spammers from using my addy. Here's what it says on spamcop.net:
"The simple answer is that you cannot stop spammers from using your email address in the From: or Reply to: fields.
"Once a spammer (or the software they use) has discovered or guessed your Email address then it is perfectly easy for them to send spam Email forging your Email address as the sender.
"Sadly it happens all the time. Thankfully, this is usually only a short-term problem and after a day or two the flow stops. Typically the fall-out is that you start receiving all sorts of failed delivery messages. You simply have to take this problem on the chin and delete the unwated messages (you can report mis-directed bounces via SpamCop if you wish but this will not stop the problem but may help) ..." (Source: http://forum.spamcop.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6535)
From: Mike Grondin <mwgrondin@...>
To: gthomas <email@example.com>
Sent: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 10:04 pm
Subject: [GTh] "Important Document" is Phishing Attack
Tom Reynolds and I have received a note titled "Important Document", givingthe appearance of being from Chris Skinner. Since others of you may receivethis note, please be warned that it is not legitimate. If you click on the link in thenote, you will be taken you to a phony page that asks for your email addressand password. Obtaining that information is the purpose of the low-life whohacked Chris' Gmail account, so don't give it.M.Grondin
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