[guispeak] Re: dangerous spam warning...

  • From: "Laura Eaves" <leaves1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 22:30:11 -0500

Hi Dave -- Yes that is why I didn't just click on the link -- I didn't want them to get the idea that my address was live. I went to the raw ip address just to see if I could get an idea if the alleged business was for real, which I didn't think it was -- but the fact that it gave me a 403 error and didn't identify itself as being of a particular company, but rather told me to go search the web for the name of the company I was looking for, really tells me they are just a scam collecting bank info.
If they were indeed an internet banking solution, like paypal, they would print their name on the top of the page -- or redirect me to their home page.
So I was just poking around.
It is interesting to see how these people operate.
Kind of depressing. What is sadder is that some people get hooked -- not many as few people would be willing to type in their bank info to an unknown company -- but unfortunately a few people do.
I am going to forward this one to the abuse site to see if they can sniff these people out and shut them down.
Take care and have a great weekend!
--le



----- Original Message ----- From: "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 6:41 PM
Subject: [guispeak] Re: dangerous spam warning...



Le,

This is not a problem.  Oneing the message does no harm but may send a
message that you have a valid address.  Clicking the link will most likely
result in a form to fill in and as long as you don't fill in the form, you
are in no danger.

Johnnie Apple Seed

----- Original Message ----- From: "Laura Eaves" <leaves1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BLIND-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "w45"
<blindwomen-over45-chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "guispeak"
<guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Multiple recipients of NFBnet GUI-TALK Mailing
List" <gui-talk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 2:49 PM
Subject: [guispeak] dangerous spam warning...



Hi all --
I just got a spam in the mail in html format and did some investigation and
found the following:


First, the mail claimed to be from a firm called "internet banking trust"
from the support department, and asked me to "sign on" and enter my bank
account numbers so I could do internet bill pay etc.
Now obviously very few people would do this, but I decided to save the
message and look at the html source to see if I could learn something.
Now I put the source in Notepad and searched for "sign on" and found the
following...

The hyperlink for the sign-on was a raw IP address 200.205.216.74 which I
copied and went into internet explorer and tried going to that address to
see what I'd find, with no info as to who I was or the return email path.

But when I got to the link I got a 403 error page with the following
message:
-------
HTTP 403 (Forbidden)

You are not authorized to view this page

You might not have permission to view this directory or page using the
credentials you supplied.

If you believe you should be able to view this directory or page, please try
to contact the Web site by using any e-mail address or phone number that may
be listed on the
200.205.216.74
home page.


You can click
search.gif (114 bytes) Search
to look for information on the Internet.

HTTP Error 403 - Forbidden
Internet Explorer
-------

So the link can't be activated without being in the context of the email.
So if you do receive a suspicious email with a link on it, do not click it!
Who knows what info is sent to the address about you if you click the
link...


Anyway, happy surfing and have a truely happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
--le

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