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    Warning : Spam Email

    I have had advice that members are receiving multiple spam emails that purport to be coming from other AP members, simply due to the email address matching an AP member's username.

    Some AP members use a username that is the same as their email. So when the email arrives, the recipient recognises the username from Ausphotography, when it is really being picked up from the email address, not their AP username. It appears some email contact lists have been hacked that contain a lot of photographers email addresses. EG. AP member name is JoeBlowPhoto. Email address for the AP account is : JoeBlowPhoto@gnail.com. The hackers got hold of that email, so send out an email from a fake JoeBlowPhoto email address, thus it looks like it comes from the AP member.

    Please be assured the Ausphotography system has not been hacked. What appears to have happened is that hackers have gained access to a group of emails and then used all the contacts in those emails to create new fake email address and then start spamming everyone on the contact lists of those emails. The mods and I have been receiving these emails from both AP usernames and non-member names. But always the email appears to be from someone known to the recipient whether that is an AP member or not.

    The email has a title of Hi, or similarly.. Hi, How are you? etc

    The email contains a link that always ends in the name of person who the email is supposedly from. Do not click the link.

    example: Someone I have communicated with has saved my contact in their contact list as Ricktas. So then the hackers have gained access to that person's email or contact list. They have stolen the contact list, and created a new email called Ricktas@ (some web address), then they use the originally hacked accounts contact lists to email everyone from the new email address. So you receive an email that comes from ricktas@ some web address. The connection to Ausphotography is only that they used a contact name from a stolen email contact list that happens to be the same as my username on AP.

    Because photographers in Australia tend to hang around with other photographers, these spam emails are doing the rounds of a lot of photographers at present.

    As always use caution when dealing with emails from unknown sources, even if you think it could be from an AP member
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    Good advice, Rick. To confirm, users can send a PM to the member on AP first.
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    I'm getting to the stage where I'm reluctant to click on links in any emails.

    Some of the phishing junk purportedly from PayPal is very hard to tell from the real thing. It only takes a few seconds longer to connect to a website with your 'known to be safe' saved link.
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    I get one of these emails from (well not really from) an AP member.
    FWIW, I opened the link. They were selling some sort of weight lose pills. Since I don't need to loose weight and since it was a renown AP member, I even sent a very rude reply to the email Just in case it was them ). Than I did a full computer scan. Nothing found.

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    Well, beware you don't suddenly put on weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Well, beware you don't suddenly put on weight
    I won't be eating any Spam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    I won't be eating any Spam!
    I actually like spam (the meat'ish stuff)

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    Now this idiot really has to be kidding.

    Arrived in my inbox today. "Reminder: Paypal akhawunti yakho iye ayekethisa limited‏"

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    Now that put a smile on my face Kev

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    I get one of these emails from (well not really from) an AP member.
    FWIW, I opened the link. They were selling some sort of weight lose pills. Since I don't need to loose weight and since it was a renown AP member, I even sent a very rude reply to the email Just in case it was them ). Than I did a full computer scan. Nothing found.
    Mark, I've also been tempted to open the link and give them a serve, but when you do that you give them a validated email address to add to their collection.

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    All my email gets run through Mailwasher, which lets me read up to the first two hundred lines directly from the mail servers, then I can choose which ones I wish to download onto my computer. It is very good at deciding and marking out which are spam, and which ones carry a virus. Very occasionally a real email ends up marked as spam that that's easily fixed. I can also bounce the spam emails back to the sender so my email address doesn't get validated.

    No matter what we do, people still try and do the wrong thing. I'm sorry, I don't understand how these people tick and why they want to deliberately cause harm
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmmax View Post
    .........

    No matter what we do, people still try and do the wrong thing. I'm sorry, I don't understand how these people tick and why they want to deliberately cause harm
    Max, it's all about relieving the unwary of their hard earned cash. Most of these scammers come from underprivileged backgrounds and have no concept of honesty and integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cage View Post
    Max, it's all about relieving the unwary of their hard earned cash. Most of these scammers come from underprivileged backgrounds and have no concept of honesty and integrity.
    Wow Kev, here was me thinking all along that they were mostly Nigerians and it turns out according to your reckoning that they are really politicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmmax View Post
    I can also bounce the spam emails back to the sender so my email address doesn't get validated.




    Don't do that, it is a waste of time. Spammers usually spoof the from address, so bouncing the email will just bounce it back to which ever poor bloke the spammer used as the from address. The from address is not a guarantee that the email originated from that account.



    From address is essentially like the return to sender address you might write on an envelope. Someone dishonest could put someone else address there. While many mail servers are configured to validate from addresses, not all do. So it is possible for spammers to inject emails into the wild with other peoples from address, without having access to their accounts.

    Best to just delete spam.
    Last edited by tandeejay; 13-09-2015 at 7:27am.
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