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I bought a New laptop! or not.

By Mickster269 ·
Got this in my email today:

"Dear Customer,

Thank you for ordering from our internet shop. If you paid with a credit card, the charge on your statement will be from name of our shop.

This email is to confirm the receipt of your order. Please do not reply as this email was sent from our automated confirmation system.

Date : 08 Oct 2006 - 12:40
Order ID : 37679041

Payment by Credit card

Product : Quantity : Price
WJM-PSP - Sony VAIO SZ370 C2D T7200 : 1 : 2,449.99

Subtotal : 2,449.99
Shipping : 32.88
TOTAL : 2,482.87

Your Order Summary located in the attachment file ( self-extracting archive with "37679041.pdf" file ).

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are created by Adobe Acrobat software and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you do not already have this viewer configured on a local drive, you may download it for free from Adobe's Web site.

We will ship your order from the warehouse nearest to you that has your items in stock (NY, TN, UT & CA). We strive to ship all orders the same day, but please allow 24hrs for processing.

You will receive another email with tracking information soon.

We hope you enjoy your order! Thank you for shopping with us! "

The attached file wasn't a .pdf file but a file marked "" (and no, I didn't open it).

Doing a little checking (like all of us TR wonks would do) I see that I am not the only one on my ISP that bought a laptop today. Wow, who said there was a recession ahead?

I imagine , had I opened the file, if it WASN't an infected document, it would have politely given me a phone number, or a web site to contest this shipment. Where I would probably be asked information verifying who I was, and my credit card information.

The only problem is, I don't own a credit card.

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So you've committed FRAUD by using

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I bought a New laptop! or ...

Someone else's credit card to buy that NB?

You evil SOD it's people like you who make life so much harder for the Criminals out there.

Col ]:)

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Lmao Col

by Kiltie In reply to So you've committed FRAUD ...

Good one

Problem is that these phishing attempts are getting too common and more realistic.

Usually obvious, by getting ones from banks I have never heard of, from overseas, or ones I have never been a customer of, but recently I have been getting eBay and PayPal ones that look real.
They stand out by being sent to non-registered email addresses, that those companies should never have heard of. One day they might send to the right one, then I will be wondering.

I consider myself technically aware, hence safe. Like NB, I don't have a credit card, but get those type too. What worries me is that many folk are being taken in by this.

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Yes it is getting quite bad now isn't?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Lmao Col

Last night I was talking to a surgeon who was wondering what he should do about an e-mail that he got yesterday apparently from his Bank asking him to log onto a web site and confirm his details or they where going to close down his access.

Luckily for him his copy of Windows ME got infected and stopped working so he couldn't respond and was worried that he would loose the ability to access his bank account. Once these where not that good but now they are getting very good and what's worse is that the Banks are not interested when you try to contact them about the problem.

When I was working Bank Security we would have had these forwarded to a Linux/Unix box isolated from the network and traced them to the original sender now of course that's too much trouble and costs money so it's not done and the customer is left holding all the risk, which is exactly what the bank wants as they can not be considered as responsible.

Now don't get me started on that one as they already steal as much money as possible and this is only showing just how little that they are concerned about protecting their customers.

Now all that I have to remember is if you can do an Inplace Install of ME without loosing all the installed programs. I'll give you one guess as to who is fixing his computer. :^0


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Jeez, what was I thinking?

by Mickster269 In reply to So you've committed FRAUD ...

Can someone loan me thier Visa card?

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My Advice is to reply

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Jeez, what was I thinking ...

With a nice friendly persons Credit Card Details someone like Ossama or Saddam would do quite nicely.

All you have to do is make them much more scared of the responders than they are of the average user and I would bet that they would drop the scam like a Hot Potato particularly if they believed that the person who they where attempting to steal from would hunt them down and make them return the money with interest after encouraging them not to do it again.

I find it totally amazing that the threat of physical violence and torture makes most of these scams not want to deal with the responders one little bit. :^0

Col ]:)

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Some times I'll go to the phising site...

by NI70 In reply to My Advice is to reply

and put bogus information. Such as F*ckOff N Die for the name, or something similar, and for the email address kissmy@a$$.com or similar or something snide and crude. For the CC info I'll but 12345678**011121, 16 digits. Oh and for the password I'll definitely type in F*uckOff&Die!. Don't know if it gets to the phiser, but it's funny as ****!

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Provided it relives the boredom

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Some times I'll go to the ...

That's all that really important isn't it? :^0

Col ]:)

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