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Peculiar "warning" received by email
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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Sep 16, 2008

I've just received a slightly alarming email (ill-spelt and somewhat ungrammatical) warning me that if I don't stop my "illicit downloading activities" on the Internet, my service will be withdrawn.
As far as I'm aware, I haven't been engaging in any illicit downloading activities and I assume that this is yet another scam-spam.
Obviously, I haven't opened the message or downloaded anything from it.
Has anyone else received this "warning" lately?
Regards,
Jenny


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Laurence Peretou
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same here Sep 16, 2008

I received exactly the same warning at the beginning of the afternoon. It's quite peculiar.

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Miroslav Jeftic  Identity Verified
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Check the sender Sep 16, 2008

Only your internet provider can send you such a thing, everything else is a spam. Just check the sender's address and probably you will see it was sent from a free email domain.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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SPAM! Sep 16, 2008

The solution two steps:
1. Delete the email.
2. Forget about it.

Cheers!


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Forward to your Internet service provider Sep 16, 2008

You should set your e-mail client to reveal all headers and forward the e-mail to your ISP. (there's bound to be a "support" or "info" e-mail address for the ISP). I recently received something similar, forwarded it and received a response from my ISP. The header information is important, as it shows the routing of the e-mail.

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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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How do you know what's in it... Sep 16, 2008

...if you didn't open it?!

I've just received a slightly alarming email (ill-spelt and somewhat ungrammatical) warning me that if I don't stop my "illicit downloading activities" on the Internet, my service will be withdrawn.
As far as I'm aware, I haven't been engaging in any illicit downloading activities and I assume that this is yet another scam-spam.
Obviously, I haven't opened the message or downloaded anything from it.
Has anyone else received this "warning" lately?
Regards,
Jenny


The only organisation that would send such an e-mail (a real one) would be your ISP.

It would not be ill-spelt and ungrammatical, and there would be something to identify them as your (real) ISP.

I get e-mails telling me I've won so many millions of "Great British Pounds" - nobody ever calls them that, that's the giveaway; and they can't spell. But yours is more sinister as it attempts to play on someone's guilt (real or otherwise).

Perhaps you should pass it on to your ISP and ask them if they sent it? Otherwise bin it and move on.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Wouldn't worry Sep 16, 2008

Jenny Forbes wrote:
Has anyone else received this "warning" lately?

Nah, the focus of my spam has shifted from the upper trouser area to the level of my debt.
But I gather from other fora that a flurry of emails of the type you describe is doing the rounds.
The point is:
1. they assume (as they do, e.g. with those paypal emails) that a significant proportion of users are involved in downloading/file sharing. If you ain't, forget it (like I do with Paypal ones)
2. IF you were involved in illegal activity do you think it is more likely that:
a) you'll get a nice email asking you ever so nicely to stop
or
b) the old bill will batter your front door down at 3 a.m. and confiscate your kit for a look see?


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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No passing - Just delete it! Sep 16, 2008

John Paul Weir wrote:
Perhaps you should pass it on to your ISP and ask them if they sent it? Otherwise bin it and move on.


No, honestly folks I would not invest any millisecond more on this. Just delete it and let's forget about it!


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Because ... Sep 16, 2008

John Paul Weir wrote:

...if you didn't open it?!

I've just received a slightly alarming email (ill-spelt and somewhat ungrammatical) warning me that if I don't stop my "illicit downloading activities" on the Internet, my service will be withdrawn.
As far as I'm aware, I haven't been engaging in any illicit downloading activities and I assume that this is yet another scam-spam.
Obviously, I haven't opened the message or downloaded anything from it.
Has anyone else received this "warning" lately?
Regards,
Jenny


The only organisation that would send such an e-mail (a real one) would be your ISP.

It would not be ill-spelt and ungrammatical, and there would be something to identify them as your (real) ISP.

I get e-mails telling me I've won so many millions of "Great British Pounds" - nobody ever calls them that, that's the giveaway; and they can't spell. But yours is more sinister as it attempts to play on someone's guilt (real or otherwise).

Perhaps you should pass it on to your ISP and ask them if they sent it? Otherwise bin it and move on.



Since you ask, I can read it in Outlook Express without opening it.
OK, everyone, thank you for your comments. The message has been deleted and we'll forget about it.
Regards,
Jenny


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Beware of the 'Preview' pane Sep 16, 2008

Hi Jenny,

Since you ask, I can read it in Outlook Express without opening it.

I take it you're using the Preview pane. That's a high-risk approach, as HTML-based malware can infect your computer when looking at the message in that pane.

I have deactivated the Preview function in Outlook on all machines.

Best regards,
Ralf


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Now I see (said the blind man) Sep 16, 2008

Since you ask, I can read it in Outlook Express without opening it.
OK, everyone, thank you for your comments. The message has been deleted and we'll forget about it.
Regards,
Jenny




Tomás wrote:

No passing - Just delete it!

John Paul Weir wrote:
Perhaps you should pass it on to your ISP and ask them if they sent it? Otherwise bin it and move on.


No, honestly folks I would not invest any millisecond more on this. Just delete it and let's forget about it!


Tomás, you're right: why bother! They probably wouldn't do anything about it anyway.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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How could Microsoft leave the Preview panel enabled... Sep 16, 2008

Jenny Forbes wrote:
Since you ask, I can read it in Outlook Express without opening it.


Unfortunately Jenny, you have already opened it by seeing it in the preview panel. You have also downloaded it to your computer. So a real risk still exist. If you get a lot of spam, I sincerely recommend to get any piece of software that can download THE TEXT (and nothing else) from the email server and show it to you before the email is even downloaded to your email client.

We have been using Firetrust MailWasher with great results for several years. Spam or virus never make it to our computers and we are in control of what is and isn't spam.


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Alison MacG  Identity Verified
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Message source tab, rather than preview pane? Sep 16, 2008

This is my understanding of what Jenny has done:
In Outlook Express, you can view the content of an email without actually opening it by doing the following:
right click on the unread email
click properties
click details
click message source
As well as giving you all of the originating details of the email, this also allows you to view the content of the message. You can then delete the email as still unread. Perhaps someone who knows could confirm that this is safe?


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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I'd stopped worrying about it, but now you've got me worried again! Sep 16, 2008

Ralf Lemster wrote:

Hi Jenny,

Since you ask, I can read it in Outlook Express without opening it.

I take it you're using the Preview pane. That's a high-risk approach, as HTML-based malware can infect your computer when looking at the message in that pane.

I have deactivated the Preview function in Outlook on all machines.

Best regards,
Ralf


Thank you, Ralf and others, for your warning.
Please could you explain to me (simply - I'm blonde) how to deactivate the preview pane. I've tried doing it myself using Outlook Express's soi-disant Help, but there was nothing there about deactivating preview panes or deactivating anything. I've deleted the original message now, anyway.
Kind regards,
Jenny


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Shalini Bansal
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Received the same Sep 16, 2008

I received the same mail a few minutes back.... but have deleted it as it looked dubious.

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