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Good morning!

I've just tried SNOPES with the email address from the message below and did not get a positive answer. So until the message is declared a hoax, I will accept it as being helpful advice. Is there another way of checking out the validity of such messages?


THIS IS NO JOKE

IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON ([email protected] ) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON'T OPEN THE MESSAGE. DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!

TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DONT CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!. .....

Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'

If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus software's are not capable of destroying it.

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'.

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to
PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!
 

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I think you'll find that Simon only steals from the same places banks do.
 

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I have a simple policy, any email from anyone who I do not recognise gets deleted immediately without being read. Much safer than opening an email with an alleged warning. For all you know the warning may contain the virus or trojan horse.
Gerry
 

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Good policy. I should have added by way of an idea perhaps for someone that I use Mailwasher which marks all emails that do not have a critieria I specify and that will delete some without me even seeing them, and others will be there for me to check and read if I want without them ever getting on my computer and if I do not want them it bounces them back and deletes them of the mail server leaving only the emails that I wish to read.

It creates over time a blacklist, a friends list so in just a short space of time all the selection is 99% done for you.
 

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olley said:
Hi I might be wrong but can't you only get a virus from an email by clicking on an attachment? not from just reading the email itself.

Olley
I think mainly but it is also possible from embedded html for example, Even jpeg pictures are now trackable.
 

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olley said:
Hi I might be wrong but can't you only get a virus from an email by clicking on an attachment? not from just reading the email itself.

Olley
Partly true olley but you also have to be careful not to click on any links or images that might be contained in a malicious email.

I use GMail all the time so nothing gets downloaded to my PC direct unless I request it. I'm quite happy for Google to deal with all the spam for any computer I am using. No need for me to keep track of any.

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olley said:
Hi Pusser so if I made my email client only display in plain text, would that make them safe?

Olley
Yes it would but I have been out of it for a couple of years so I am not the best person to advise really. But certainly I have read that jpegs can be tracked and as html are links then it goes without saying that can also provoke issues normally I think by linking to another website. But I think nowadays, the web page is your enemy and not your email if you have the obligatory virus checker. Remember that all ISP's now check your emails for viruses before you get them with heavy virus checkers and not the ones we buy.

I personally do not like forwarded emails which normally get trashed on site by my program.

If you have a half decent virus checker i.e. AVG free would do, and you do not open anything even from people you do know without pausing to think what the attachment is for then you should be OK. No need to beat yourself up with email issues. It is the web page that is now your biggest enemy unless of course you use things like Limewire where even the music industry sticks on files with viruses.
 

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Morning Computerists!! :lol:

You people are far too clever for ME! I'm a computer USER and don't pretend for one minute to understand most of the language that floats around in the ether. :roll:

So I have to trust my friends to look after me and give advice when necessary. :lol: Thank you all so much for your help. :D

As I said in the OP, I did try "snopes.com" and it was non-commital, so I erred on the side of caution. It's only a few months ago that our mate Snelly contacted me to tell me someone HAD hijacked one of my email accounts. So I do know it can happen. :oops:

Better safe than sorry. :wink:
 
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