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Old 10-06-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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I'm back online!

Looks like my computer is clean now. My Hotmail and Facebook accounts were hacked and taken over by someone(s). Emails asking for money were sent out using my name and Hotmail address. I will no longer use Hotmail and do not know how to get back into Facebook so I may stay away from there, too. I am sorry if any of you received the email asking for money. - Jim
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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Welcome back Jim. Get back on FB with a new screen name and new yahoo or AOL email address. Like jboylan or little Jimmy B, or Carol's hubby Jim. easy fix... Dave
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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That scam hs been making the rounds as of late. we know of several folks who got hacked with the same results. Hope you got some better security on your PC. We have nevr received that scam from any source.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:40 PM   #4
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SCAM??? I want the money back that I sent ya!
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:48 PM   #5
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Glad you are back on line. Dave pointed me to Kaspersky interned security. It seems to work well for me.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:21 PM   #6
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Well, unfortunately they do not have to have access to your computer, or your email account. It's called "Spoofing." They could have harvested your email by many, many various means. The easiest way is by the way people forward emails with everyone's email address intact. The address can be harvested in many ways and by hacking into someone's computer that has your email address. You can have the most sophisticated security software in the world, and your email address can be spoofed. If you look at the headers in an email (NOT just the from, to, cc line, but the internal header) the only thing that points to you is your name and email address, but the reply address will be to the person that is spoofing your email.

Please do a search on "spoofing email" without the quotes for information.

From CERT:

"It is easy to spoof email because SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) lacks authentication. If a site has configured the mail server to allow connections to the SMTP port, anyone can connect to the SMTP port of a site and (in accordance with that protocol) issue commands that will send email that appears to be from the address of the individual's choice; this can be a valid email address or a fictitious address that is correctly formatted."

Here is some information that explains "Spoofing"
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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Thanks Wayne for that great info on Spoofing. Enjoyed it
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #8
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I worry about my MOC friends a lot, so, I just went ahead and sent the money order for you to your Nigerian friends....glad to hear you are well, and all the problems have been taken care of now.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:13 PM   #9
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So Jim,
What are the chances that I will get my money back?

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