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By dostaboy ·
I have been getting the following e-mail for several days. Supposedly it is from TechRepublic, but I am not an IT person and it strikes me as suspicious:

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=s-ascii"; name=irusWarning.txt" Content-Disposition: inline; filename=irusWarning.txt" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable This is a message from the MailScanner E-Mail Virus Protection Service ---------------------------------------------------------------------- The original e-mail message contained potentially dangerous content, which has been removed for your safety. The content is dangerous as it is often used to spread viruses or to gain personal or confidential information from you, such as passwords or credit card numbers. Due to limitations placed on us by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, we were unable to keep a copy of the original attachment. The content filters found this: MailScanner: Found a form in HTML message -- Postmaster Mailscanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

Is this legit?

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by rawright In reply to E-mail

This could be a fishing expedition by a spammer - I get a few of these every week. What spammers will do is compile a list of popular domains, then send out emails that look as if they're legitimate to programmatically-generated addresses. If they get a bounce (a Non-Deliverable Response) from an address, it is removed from the list; all that remain are valid addresses, and can be resold to other spammers. If TechRepublic is shown as the sender, it may be that your email address is displayed on this site, and someone used a webbot to associate your address with the site for this purpose.

The short answer is, this is probably bogus. One giveaway is the programming error that drops the 'v' wherever 'virus' is meant to appear. Most such garbage is written by very sloppy amateurs... Delete them, ignore them, and if this continues to annoy you, install a spam blocker such as SpamBayes.

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