Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dream_police, Mar 28, 2017.
A file with the extension .dot is a Microsoft Word template.
Draw your own conclusions.
It was a malicious attachment purporting to come from HMRC - you'd think they'd want to see it.
I suspect it's linked to that one that causes your computer to lock and a message to come up claiming to be from some constabulary saying they've found masses of kiddie porn on your PC and you are facing a £250k fine and up to 20 years in prison but they appreciate someone else may have used your computer to download the stuff so if you click on the link to a payment site on the message and pay £100 they will unlock your computer so you can delete the stuff and that will be the end of the matter. Only of course it won't be as they now have your card details.
Gmail seems to be pretty good at filtering spam. A little too good as sometimes when I look in the spam folder something is in there that isn't spam. BT was the worse- we ended up changing ISP's because of the sheer volume of junk mail that got through. Weirdly Dave seemed to get nothing but adverts for breast enlargements and I was forever being asked if I was happy with the size of my penis- I always felt like replying I was perfectly happy with the size of my penis but could they do something about the man attached to it!
So, that probably includes some government depts, politicians and political parties - who also suffer from short-term memory loss!
Since I have my own Internet domain, and also a couple of email virtual domains, almost every organisation that asks for my email address gets a unique one which identifies them. This means that not only is it easy to block organisations that I no longer wish to deal with, but also, if I get a message asking me to verify my PayPal account details sent to an address used for a computer components company, it's obviously a scam.
Recently I've been trying to get banks and other financial institutions used to the idea that if they phone me, they should have some way of proving that they are who they say they are. This usually results in blank incomprehension, but it did once lead to an interesting conversation with a manager at the Co-Op Bank, who said that I had a very good point.
Usually I just hang up and call back on the institution's public number.
After checking you have a real dial tone, or phone someone you know first, as one phone scam is for the caller to hold your line open.
Sorry, yes, I should've mentioned, I call back on a different phone, e.g. a mobile if I was called on the landline.
Reckon you've made a really interesting point there, Alex; I would have thought Santander 'could' implement something like this, given that when logging online, they display an image and 'Phrase' which I originally chose. They could tell me one of these to confirm who they are.
All Word documents use the .doc extension even in my experience templates
The template that sets-up your blank word document when you select New is called Normal.dot
Yesterday I had an email purporting to be from FedEx telling me about a "bonus" delivery today of two packages weighing 85.70LBS. Of course the return email address was incorrect, and I've certainly not clicked on the link offering more information.
The .DOT emails appear to be mainly ransomware, so definitely best avoided.
One potential scam I have had several times but ignored, has been from somone purporting to be from Microsoft. Of course they are not and I tell them to P... off 'cos I use a Mac. I then dial 1471 and their number is played back. It sounds like a genuine UK landline number but in fact, does not exist. How do they manage to disguise their real number with a false one, and if BT are advised, would they be able to trace it?
Ofcom's explanation https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-tel...-nuisance-calls-and-messages/phone-spoof-scam and a more nuts and bolts discussion http://uk.businessinsider.com/phone-number-spoofing-2016-2?r=US&IR=T
The gulliblity of some people never ceases to amaze me. I know whether or not I'm expecting delivery of a package, I haven't got tickets for any lottery, etc.etc. so all such mails are imediately deleted.Having said that, because of all the 'medical' and sex spam I changed my e-mail address a few years back so it's the old address that collects the spam which I then delete once a week. Any 'bank' 'phoning me gets fielded by the answering machine -of course there's no message - and I'll check the number shown on the display. Now and again for amusement I'll check the spam mail source codes to see where things are apparently coming from. If there's a mail purporting to come from someone I know but with a different e-mail address then I'll 'phone them up to check on what's going on. So far I've been lucky with my way of dealing with spam.................
But suppose you were employed in a company receiving many deliveries each day, and that there were several people employed in the purchasing department. I imagine that keeping track of what deliveries were genuine would then be quite difficult.
Dave had so much fun with those.
One he told them "You must have a wrong number I don't have a computer"
The reply "You must have one! Everyone has one! Perhaps its in another room and you didn't notice it!"
The winner was one who said "Hi this is Microsoft, your computer is sending out random packages by the millions and crashing the internet!"
Dave replied "I know if Bill Gates sends me fifty billion pounds I'll stop doing it"
The IT department at work sent a warning around about this type of email a day or two ago:
"We have received a number of reports from members of staff who have received malicious emails.
One form is a message with your forename as the subject and a Word document attached. The email claims to have come from “a law abiding citizen”, who has found your personal information on the internet. It contains your home address to illustrate their story, and a password to unlock the attached Word document.
The Word document contains malware and must not be opened."
If you're able you can send these people up something rotten. String them along until it starts to get boring and then say something like "No, it's not working....." and then, "Oh, my computer's from Apple!" - and listen to the caller going ballistic!"
I think they've blacklisted me as we haven't had one of these calls in ages. I did have a fun 20 minute conversation with one of them as to whether the start button on Win Xp was a lozenge or a rectangle shape and "what are you wearing? " is not what they expect when you say you'd like to ask them a question.
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