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Go Phish.

A company I used to work for had a security breach. I don't think they have been handling the situation appropriately and want to know what I can do to protect myself, but to also find out if I can find a complaint (and if this is even a thing). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2016 - 5 answers

email enigma - mystery message

I've recently been getting an email message which appears to be dated 12/31/69, but has "no sender," "no subject," and "no content." The first couple of times I just deleted it, but now it pops back in almost simultaneously with the deletion, so that my mail icon chronically shows at least 1 unread message. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jan 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Spoofed email from domain -- how to stop?

Somehow, someone/thing is spoofing emails from my domain. Such as Xerox.Device8@domain.com. We only have a handful of authentic email accounts on the domain. This appears to be redflagging all of our emails, so many legit emails are being sent to spam folders... how can I deduce what the actual problem is, and how to stop it? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Flood of Gmail "new address" notifications from spammy-named accounts?

I have an extremely common first and last name and was "lucky" enough to procure myfirstname.mylastname@gmail.com about a decade ago. I'm used to the normal problems this entails, but now I'm noticing a new one that puzzles me. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Sep 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Quasi Mortgage / Refinance Application Scam?

My wife and I awoke to a bunch of emails (and now calls) from mortgage companies responding to "our" request for information about a refinance. The calls and emails are frustrating in themselves, and, of course, it's off-putting to think someone has done something untoward with our information. Has anyone else experienced this? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Unsolicited Confirmation Code Text Messages

In the past week, I've received multiple unsolicited confirmation/verification code text messages from Facebook and Google, and a welcome text from Wells Fargo Text Banking. What gives? [more inside]
posted by kalanchoe on Apr 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Why would an army of spoofers hammer my cell phone?

I've gotten 30 spam phone calls in the last 7 hours. Why? How do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Apr 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Help my mom get her Gmail back

My mother's Google account was recently broken into by phishers. They changed her password and phone number. In her attempts to recover her account, she made several major mistakes early on and it now seems like she may not be able to recover the account via the tools provided by Google. All of her financial information is in this account, and she's going a little nuts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

My Dad's gmail got hacked...

I think my Dad's gmail account got hacked while he was in Cambodia at the start of the month. We have no idea how. What should we do beyond changing the password and alerting the banks and credit card companies? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Tooth and Nail

My new phone's Bluetooth insists on automatically turning itself on without any authorization or configuration. Should I be concerned about vulnerability? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Email weirdness: Prelude to a scam?

I've got two strange emails in a row where someone is using my email as the contact to set up accounts. Could this be some kind of scam? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

I used to play bass for Cryptic Text

I received a vague but personal-sounding text message from an @tmomail account (SMS email from a T-Mobile phone number) to my Gmail account. Is there any way to find out who sent it? Is it just a phishing attempt? [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Phish Spam (bleurgh)

Twice this week, I've fallen for spam emails. Have I compromised my security? Will I die? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jun 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I start to worry about identity-theft/phishing?

I recently started in a new job and got a used laptop for my desk. I have utilized this with my Chrome/ Google account. Then, after a few weeks, I got a warning in gmail, telling me that a foreign state might be trying to hack my account or computer. My question is, should I start to worry about being tageted by hackers? Or is the alert from google and the phishing attempts a coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Nightly on Feb 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Email scam giving out my phone number - what to do?

My phone number is being listed as the contact in a phishing email. Who do I report this to and how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Nov 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Have I been phished by a hooker?

Have I been phished? If so, what do I do? I suddenly started getting phonecalls and texts from people looking for prostitutes. They're calling both my cell and home phones. I recently applied for a credit card, and now I'm afraid the site wasn't legit. [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Sep 29, 2012 - 10 answers

You're only pretending to be my friend

For the past week or so I have been receiving phishing emails at my non-Facebook email account which appear to be from my Facebook friends. The sender's name is one of my Facebook friends, but the email addresses are not their real email address. The subject line reads FOR (MY FIRST NAME) and the message contains a link (which I never click, of course). Clearly there has been some access to my friend list and my email address. I am not using any apps on Facebook, and never give apps access to my info—my privacy settings are pretty locked down, or so I thought. Facebook is absolutely no help on this. I can't find a way to even report this to them because their reporting mechanism asks for links and there are none. I've changed my password, and locked down my privacy settings even more. Any ideas about how this happened and how to fix the security hole?
posted by ljshapiro on Aug 31, 2012 - 19 answers

To claim or not to claim? To report or to ignore?

Small euro amount sent to my PayPal account by company with whom I have had no dealings. Test? Phishing? Scam? [more inside]
posted by likeso on Jun 5, 2012 - 10 answers

How to get rid of phishing software?

Is someone scamming me? [Mac spyware filter] [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Sep 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Stopping suspicious emails being sent from Gmail?

Emails are being sent from my gmail account to contacts by someone other than me. How do I figure out what's going on and how do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by friendlyjuan on May 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Are the phish biting?

Does this type of e-mail scam affect Macintosh computers as well as PCs? [more inside]
posted by analog on Apr 11, 2011 - 3 answers

How can we bring down these scumbag phone scammers?

Someone just called my grandfather claiming to be me, and tried to scam him out of several thousand dollars. Should we report this, and if so, to whom? [more inside]
posted by I, Slobot on Apr 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Safety tips without pop-ups/unders

Please recommend good websites and blogs about computer/internet/social media security issues, someplace where I can find out about the latest scams, phishing attempts, malware, etc. I don't really like Snopes, due to the pop-under ads (what is up with that, anyway?). Thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Did I give a ton of info to a phisher, or is this really the Census Bureau?

Is 812-218-3144 really the Census Bureau, or did I give all sorts of personal info to a phisher? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jan 23, 2011 - 21 answers

I was feeling insecure, you might not love me anymore

Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
posted by goshling on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Am I hosting a HSBC phishing scam?

Google tells me that my domain is hosting a phishing scam. However, the URL they showed me includes directories that are not on my server. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS on Dec 19, 2010 - 24 answers

phishing home security system emergency contacts

My parents just got a weird call about 30 mins ago (11:50pm). They were getting ready for bed, so my sister picked up. [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi on Nov 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers?

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers? (Scam attempt details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 49 answers

How to track down snail mail phishers?

Has anyone received a phishing letter (snail mail) from Card Center, 5050 Kingsley Drive, Cincinnati OH 45263? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Sep 7, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the catch in these email scams?

What's the scam in these responses to a craigslist ad I posted? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Aug 21, 2010 - 13 answers

browsers, operating systems and internet security

it seems that the various methods of infecting computers dependent on weaknesses in browsers and operating systems. what are the safest browsers and operating systems? is virus detection software necessary, assuming you've made good choices about operating system and browsers. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Mar 21, 2010 - 26 answers

What are they phishing for?

This is a scam (right?). But, what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Chase.com is turning me over to Russian gangsters?

I understand how phishing works via emails, but how am I being taken from a known trusted site to phishing page, after having entered my account signon on the first page? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jan 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Trolling, trolling, trolling, RawHide!

What is the attack vector on this apparent facebook phishing email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on May 26, 2009 - 14 answers

Does this seem scammy to you?

Recently, I've had recruiters asking for SS#s to submit my resume for positions. My husband has had the same thing happen, as have some friends. Is this the newest scam on the block? (as always...more inside) [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Apr 7, 2009 - 7 answers

How to get rid of the phisher?

Someone went phishing, and hooked my daughter. What can she do now? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Oct 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Facebook Account compromised. Is there any way to stop the phishing?

My cousin's Facebook account was compromised and some person or bot is sending spam to his Facebook friend list. He canceled his Facebook account a month ago, but spam keeps arriving in my email box -- as if my cousin is still a Facebook member. The spam seems to be arriving from a legitimate Facebook domain. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Sep 12, 2008 - 8 answers

What to do after a PayPal Phishing Scam?

My friend just - 30 minutes ago - entered a bunch of information in a PayPal phishing website. What should he do right now? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on Mar 3, 2008 - 15 answers

due to some reasons the eBay policy automatically proclaims you to be the winner by default !

After bidding on a high-end cell phone on ebay, at a seemingly reputable Ebay store, I soon received several emails, all purporting to be from the seller (but appearing very automated), telling me that I had won the item (still active at Ebay) and to contact them by email to purchase it. Ebay seems to hide the bidder information and email address, so how are they sending me mail, and why from so many different phishers? [more inside]
posted by acro on Jan 2, 2008 - 9 answers

How did the phishers get my email address?

My SO and I are receiving phishing emails on brand new email addresses. The addresses hadn't been given out to anyone when the first ones arrived. Are spammers just constructing likely email addresses and sending blindly? If not, how is this happening? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Mar 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Ethics: Should you hold someone unknowingly acting in the commission of a fraud responsible for your losses?

Is it ethical to sue the victim of a phishing scam who agrees to take employment as someone who receives packages and ships them abroad if you have been victimized by the scam itself? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Sep 19, 2006 - 13 answers

Did I just fall for a phishing attempt?

I spotted this housing post on Craigslist, and when I clicked on the link posted inside it, it sent me straight into the inbox of my Yahoo mail account. Was this a phishing attempt? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers on May 25, 2006 - 12 answers

Am I in any danger after this phishing attempt?

I've fallen for a phishing attempt. Based on what they may have, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2006 - 17 answers

Deliberate typos in phishing scams?

Why do phishing scam e-mails always seem to have at least one very obvious typo? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Dec 13, 2005 - 20 answers

Am I Unknowingly Phishing?

I was just contacted by my company's ISP saying that our company's account is compromised by a virus as phishing emails have been sent out from here. I find this very hard to believe as we are an all-mac shop and I am fairly confident that these phishing emails generally spoof headers and such. Am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Nov 28, 2005 - 9 answers

How do you get a stolen yahoo account back?

How embarrassing - I actually got password spoofed and my account stolen. How can I get my Yahoo account back? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Aug 12, 2005 - 15 answers

Can we stop the phishing?

MetaPhishing: I just got another phishing email "from" PayPal. My question is whether it might not be effective to go to whatever site it is and spam them with fake personal info. What if a lot of people did this? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half on Jul 21, 2005 - 21 answers

Should I bother to FWD phishing attempts

Someone tries to phish me every day. Until recently, I have dutifully FWDed these attempts to spoof@whatever.com. As phishing has become even more ubiquitous, it occurs to me that there's no way that the target companies can possibly wade through it all. Should I bother FWDing the attempts?
posted by trharlan on Jun 6, 2005 - 9 answers

No Phishing

I get a phishing e-mail on a daily basis. It probably accounts for 10% of my spam. The FTC and private industry groups are up in arms, but the problem keeps getting worse. Given the little old ladies who are losing their pensions by clicking on these links, why can't anyone catch these guys? What's the technological barrier?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 15, 2004 - 15 answers


PayPal Filter: I recently started using PayPal--the first transaction was my 'donation' to MeFi. Then I sold a book on eBay and had $77.00 paid to me through PayPal. I, foolishly I guess, left the money there thinking I'd use it to buy stuff down the road. But yesterday within three minutes someone 'paid' me $660 and then paid out $723 which effectively deleted my balance save 31-cents. PayPal seems not too surprised and waffled shamelessly when I asked how this happened and if I could get my money back. It seems to me eBay could afford to make good on transactions gone wrong by their unsecured system. [I've mailed in an affidavit as they required.] I need $77 a lot more (for Christmas) than eBay does and yet IF I get my money back it's not likely to be in time to buy presents this year. Any ideas, suggestions, pointers to finding a remedy?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Dec 8, 2004 - 15 answers

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