[guispeak] dangerous spam warning...

  • 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>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 14:49:26 -0500

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 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
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!

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