FYI: Message from Symantec re: cheap software spamming
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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Oct 13, 2004

"Such e-mails may very well be offering counterfeit and/or pirated software or may be a credit card scam.

SPAMs offering deeply discounted Norton or Symantec brand products are highly suspicious and are investigated by Symantec. If you continue to receive e-mails offering Symantec software at deeply discounted prices and/or if the offers say that the software will arrive in anything other than Symantec’s standard yellow boxes, the offer may very well be illegal
in nature.

In response to these e-mails and the organizations/individuals behind them,
Symantec has developed a task force to investigate the e-mails and put a
stop to their proliferation, including initiating criminal and civil action
as appropriate. We ask you for your assistance in helping us put a stop to
this practice by continuing to forward any similar e-mails to our task force at SpamWatch@symantec.com, so that we can investigate who is sending the e-mails and attempt to stop them.

Lastly, we also advise you not to respond to these e-mails, as any response only confirms the accuracy of your e-mail address, resulting in even more messages filling up your In Box.

Even though we do not authorize them, we apologize for any inconvenience these e-mails have caused you and pledge to you that we are doing our best to put a stop to them. For more information please go to
http://www.symantec.com and visit our SpamWatch Response Center at
http://www.symantec.com/spamwatch/ to learn more about SPAM and piracy, including the warning signs and tips to help you protect your privacy and avoid SPAM and credit card fraud scams. If you have concerns about a
product you have ordered from a SPAM offer (including nondelivery of product) using your credit card, you may also wish to contact your credit card institution to see what remedies may be available to you. You may also wish to read Business Week's article entitled "Software Scams on
Internet Time" to learn more about our efforts to combat SPAM and the proliferation of pirated and counterfeit Symantec software at
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_39/b3801035.htm

....

Chad Sharpe
Internet Security Investigator
Symantec Corporation"


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PAS  Identity Verified
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If it sounds too good to be true Oct 14, 2004

...it probably isn't.

This adage will always hold true. Always.

Pawel Skalinski
Warsaw, Poland

[Edited at 2004-10-14 07:09]


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Konstantinos Karanikas B.Sc. Electr. Eng., MITI
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Symantec virus-infected messages Oct 14, 2004

I have been receiving these virus-infected messages for about a year now, at the rate of about 4-6 every day!

I am lucky to have used the Anti-Virus protection software from Symantec (original software) which keeps my mail free of similar threats.

Shall I forward these messages to you, after they have been confined by the anti-virus programme? Is it of any use?

Thank you, Chad

PS
Another problem I encounter every day is junk e-mail. I have noticed that although the e-mail source is the same the sender name changes every time! On top of that, filtering by means of key words is of no use since they use alpha-numerical strings which also change. Any help with that? Does Symantec have any powerful anti-spamming software?


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Forward them to Chad with the headers Oct 14, 2004

Konstantinos Karanikas wrote:

Shall I forward these messages to you, after they have been confined by the anti-virus programme? Is it of any use?


at spamwatch@symantec.com

One way of getting the headers is to right-click on the e-mail and select "Properties" from the menu. Then, click on the "Details" tab. Copy with Ctrl C and paste with Ctrl V.

Cecilia

[Edited at 2004-10-14 11:15]


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Credit card scams Oct 14, 2004

The most common one these days has to do with authentic-looking notifications from prestigious front-line banks containing a link with the request that you update your data and give them your passwords or PINs.

The link may start http:// or https:// but hardly ever leads to a site with an https:// (secure) connection. Some contain dangerous Trojans or data-miners.

CALL YOUR BANK BEFORE DOING ANYTHING. Citibank (one of the most frequent entities spoofed) has circulated a warning that it has NOT sent out any such notification.

The latest of such messages purports to come from Smith Barney (Citibank's IT security assessment arm), contains a link that leads to the official Smith Barney webpage, but opens up a form that has nothing whatsoever to do with Smith Barney (and once opened, that form is difficult to close).

Smith Barney says:

"This e-mail is fraudulent and it should be deleted from your e-mail inbox without opening it. Citigroup security has identified the website host and initiated actions to shut down the website. The Smith Barney Access homepage carries an Alert about fraudulent e-mail, along with a link to a page that displays the e-mail in question and addressing the more general topic of e-mail Phishing..

The alert links users to https://www.smithbarney.com/security.html#fraud where they can view our example of the phony e-mail and the fraudulent web
page.

If you responded to the e-mail, please contact the FMA Client Service Center at 1-800-634-9855 and state that you provided information to the "Phishing" e-mail. You will then be asked what information was submitted, and the Call Center will take the proper steps to determine if your account was compromised.

The privacy and security of your account information are important to us and we have taken a number of technological and procedural steps to help provide for a secure environment."

[Edited at 2004-10-14 11:11]


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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Having followed the advice, this is what I got Oct 28, 2004

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The above reply is what I got on forwarding a spam message.

Regards,
N.Raghavan
Parrot wrote:

Konstantinos Karanikas wrote:

Shall I forward these messages to you, after they have been confined by the anti-virus programme? Is it of any use?


at spamwatch@symantec.com

One way of getting the headers is to right-click on the e-mail and select "Properties" from the menu. Then, click on the "Details" tab. Copy with Ctrl C and paste with Ctrl V.

Cecilia

[Edited at 2004-10-14 11:15]


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