Spammed Strikes Back!

As you may know by now, it’s not a good idea to click on links in SPAMMED email.  It can infect your computer and confirm that the spammer has stumbled on (or purchased) a good email address.

Best to stay as low profile as possible.  However there are times when you can strike back!

I received this email a few days ago.

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The first thing that looked strange was NO “To:” email address.  This can be done to hide that this email was sent to many people, not just you.  This is sales, so the more people you try to sell to the better the chance of your success, right?  No sales doesn’t me legitimate just means they are trying to sell you something, like an idea that talks you into sending them money.

Now this plan isn’t much good if you can’t communicate with the mark.  Second strange thing is why would they have a different email address from the one they sent you?  Well chances are good that the spammer is using a computer system to send this spam without the permission of the owner.  So they place a email address in the body of the message that you should use.  More than likely it will be from a free email service like, in this case, OutLook.com!

Every domain on the Internet should have an “abuse@{domain-name}.{extention}”  Knowing this you can REPORT this spammer to them and free email service will probably terminate the free service.

You’re correct if you think this happens to spammers all the time and they just open another 20 free email accounts.  I look at it this way.  The more people are aware of how to report these spammers the more work they will have to do and eventually that job at McDonalds will look better and better.  Perhaps they’ll just do spamming part time! :D

Here is the reply I received after forwarding the above email to abuse@outlook.com

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You don’t always receive a reply, which makes this one a great example to use.  Now remember it’s not ALWAYS abuse@outlook.com, it will be abuse@{whatever domain was used}.{something}

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Is Your Computer Infected?

Is your computer infected?  How would you know?  One way is strange behavior, blue screens of death (BSOD) slower than normal Internet.  Yes these can be other things other than malware or viruses, but checking is pretty easy.

But I have anti-virus/malware software!  Well chances are good you don’t.  Most computers come with

anti-virus anti-malware software but did you know it’s updates expire after 90 days?  Check it for yourself but a popular piece of software McAfee does exactly that.  Sure the software may be running but without the updated virus and malware signatures as time moves forward your anti-virus software will identify, block/remove less and less.

Before you fork over money for McAfee, something I call BLOAT ware, I recommend trying out MalWareBytes.  It’s free for personal use.  Run it manually and see what it turns up.

Although a little more tricky to use a 100% free piece of software called HiJackThis by TrendMicro is a great little program that shows you what is automatically running when Windows starts up.  You can choose the items you don’t want to run.  Be careful with this, as it takes a bit of a trained eye.

No one anti-virus/malware solution is 100% successful.  I recommend running more than one.  Not installing more than one program on your computer, but using online services, like TredMicro’s HouseCall  If you’re looking at this page you’ll notice it wants you to selected 32-bit or 64-bit.  You can find this out by simply clicking on Start > (right click) Computer > Properties

win764bitAs you can see this image is what you may see for Windows 7.  Each operating system will look a little different but they all should be able to tell you if you are running 32 or 64 bit operating systems.

Follow the on screen instructions to run the House call software.  Take the appropriate actions to remove any bad software it finds.

You don’t have to put up with poor computer performance!  Taking a few easy (it gets easier as you do it) steps can not only enhance your ability to have more fun, do more work, on your computer but you’ll quickly become the house hold expert on keeping the family’s PC’s running smooth!

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Online Computer Consulting – Just an email away!

I work as an I.T. professional by day and a podcaster, Jeep enthusiast at night.  Through the miracle of high speed Internet and free desktop sharing services I now have the ability to work on your computer from pretty much anywhere in the world.  That, of course, includes from my office! :D

If you’re having a problem with your computer chances are good I can help you out.  I’ve been helping people with computer problems for a very long time.

If you’d like some help we can discuss it, either via chat or via voice (a.k.a. a phone call).  We’ll discuss a price and there may be cases where the solution is so easy I’ll be able to fix it in seconds.

Interested?  Just send me an email to helpme@muccs.com


 

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Reconizing SPAM/bogus Emails

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Learn to look at ALL the emails you receive.  This way you’ll recognize a fake one easier.

Check the RETURN email address, circled above.

Some email clients like Outlook will show you the link when you place the mouse over the link.

Still not sure?  Don’t click the link in the email, go to the site (if you recognize the site belonging to a company you do business with).  If the email was legitimate you’ll find what you need on they company’s website.


 

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