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WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

Advanced Tutor

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

what happens if you copy and pasted it not knowing this was a scam ?
Well, shoot the messenger. He can answer his own question about what happens since he apparently visited the site and I did not.

If he caught a virus or gave out his personal info, maybe next time he'll know better and look closer at these kinds of Emails before he makes that mistake again.
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Honorary Alumnus

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

The entire topic was to inform of a scam/phishing email going around.

When the sign says "don't feed the bears" common sense says ... leave the bears alone.

There are certain "rules of survival" when dealing with computers, internet and email.

> Look at everything with a healthy of skepticism<

>Never click on a link in an email message<

>Never open email attachments except under controlled circumstances<

If your friends computer became infected with a virus the first thing the virus would do would be to replicate itself by sending an email with an attachment.

That email would appear to come from a friend or known source.

My policy is to have my friends include a key phrase in the emails subject line if an attachment is included.

If there is no key phrase included I discard the email because I have no assurance that my friend intended  to include the attachment.


 

Distinguished Professor IV

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

My policy is to have my friends include a key phrase in the emails subject line if an attachment is included.

That's a really good idea.  I've never had an instance of the aforementioned happening as I don't receive too many personal emails and am pretty vigilant about what I trust and don't trust, but still, this is a very good idea.

I did, though, receive the happy99.exe worm that was attached to an email from my dad way back in 2000 or 2001.  A completely harmless worm, and somewhat comical, but still....  It's the last actual infection I've ever had on a computer, save malware.     


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Honorary Alumnus

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

The default setting is "hide extension for known file types"

The is needs to be unchecked

If you look at an attachment named "picture of grandma.jpg" and its real filename is "picture of grandma.jpg.exe" ....

You have a dangerous executable masquerading as a jpg picture:


  


Distinguished Professor IV

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

Does this setting affect attachments in the mail app for Windows?  Unchecking that is one of the things I change when I set up a computer, but because I always have it unchecked, I don't know if it makes any difference in the mail app for Windows, and I don't presently have any emails with attachments to see by checking and unchecking. 


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New Member

Re: WARNING; Beware Latest HughesNet Phishing Email "About Your Mailbox"

I never click on an email that will lead to a location that will lead to my personal information.  I just received one of these type emails and came here to post about it but it's nice to see that the community is already aware. 

A lot of hacking is going on over at Amazon.com right now.  People are clicking on links that are making their personal information highly accessible.  Once they receive the information they take over your account by changing the password and financial information if applicable.