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Posted on 12/12/2011 12:49:04 PM PST by oldfart

Just recieved this. I'm a little suspicious but maybe it's legitimate. Anybody know anything about it?

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Dear MSN and Hotmail Subscriber, =====================

Virus Notification

A DGTFX Virus has been detected in your folders. Your email account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2011 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and to your important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and send back to us or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.

Full Name: ................................... User name: ............................... Password: .................................. Reconfirm Password: .................. Date Of Birth...............................

Note that your password will be encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys for your password safety.

All MSN and Hotmail User Should Reply Now !!! Failure to do this will immediately render your Web-email address deactivated from our database. Thank you for your co-operation.

Warning Code :ID67565434 MSN and Hotmail Account Support. Copyright ©2011


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1 posted on 12/12/2011 12:49:16 PM PST by oldfart
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To: oldfart

Yes it’s real. Real spam/virus.


2 posted on 12/12/2011 12:50:41 PM PST by BipolarBob (Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world and she walks into mine.)
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To: oldfart

I replied to them but all I did was ask for more verification. It showed up as a “junk” e-mail.


3 posted on 12/12/2011 12:51:08 PM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: oldfart

Looks like you’ve been infected with malware.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 12:51:10 PM PST by Westbrook
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To: BipolarBob

Agreed. do NOT reply to this.


5 posted on 12/12/2011 12:51:37 PM PST by Celerity
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To: oldfart

It has scam written all over it.


6 posted on 12/12/2011 12:51:50 PM PST by Dennis M.
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To: oldfart

Its a bogus email, delete it.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 12:52:00 PM PST by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: oldfart

I’m suspicious. If it were legit, I’d expect them to give you a link to logon, not ask you for password and birthdate info that they already have.

Why not search around the web?

Besides, if its Hotmail, if they kick you off, they’ll provide a way for you to secure your system and log back on in good graces. So, you don’t have to do anything until you have more info.


8 posted on 12/12/2011 12:52:00 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: oldfart

Phishing.

No legit provider of any online service will EVER request you to confirm personal info via returning an email. FWD the message to the appropriate people at the provider’s fraud department.


9 posted on 12/12/2011 12:52:24 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: oldfart

If they don’t know your name, and they want your email name and password, I would totally ignore and delete. That’s not even a very clever phish.


10 posted on 12/12/2011 12:53:25 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: oldfart

A high school computer enthusiast could have done a better job of a scam. Delete it, forget it.


11 posted on 12/12/2011 12:54:06 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: oldfart

DO NOT REPLY!


12 posted on 12/12/2011 12:54:17 PM PST by NakedRampage (Puttin' the "stud" in Bible study)
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To: oldfart

It sure is. And, if you FReepmail me your bank account information, I can fetch you millions from my Nigerian bank account.


13 posted on 12/12/2011 12:55:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: Westbrook

Agree with reply #2 above.

Either it’s SPAM, or the message is coming from already installed malware.

Hope it’s just spam.


14 posted on 12/12/2011 12:55:46 PM PST by Westbrook
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To: oldfart

WHY would you reply to it? Your mail contacts have been compromised. I would do several virus scans from several different vendors. You may have to wipe your hard drive and start over so save anything you need to a different external hard drive. Just in case.


15 posted on 12/12/2011 12:55:46 PM PST by BipolarBob (Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world and she walks into mine.)
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To: oldfart

Any unsolicited email with the words “reconfirm your password” should be verified by speaking to an individual you know (or can verify) in person, or (with appropriate safeguards) at least by phone.

If what you received is not a scam, I’d be amazed.


16 posted on 12/12/2011 12:56:53 PM PST by Stosh
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To: oldfart

Seriously?

This is a very obvious fraud attempt. A not very good one, either.


17 posted on 12/12/2011 12:57:59 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: oldfart
It's a Phish scam.

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/dgtfx-virus-phishing-scam.shtml

18 posted on 12/12/2011 12:57:59 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: oldfart
dgtfx-virus-phishing-scam
19 posted on 12/12/2011 12:58:33 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: oldfart

DONT login !


20 posted on 12/12/2011 12:59:29 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: oldfart

Don’t click on anything inside the email. Just delete it and forget about it.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 1:01:24 PM PST by Ron/GA
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To: oldfart
said, "I replied to them but all.."

Oops

22 posted on 12/12/2011 1:02:41 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: oldfart
I would bet $10,000 of Mitt Romney's money that it is fake.
23 posted on 12/12/2011 1:03:07 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: oldfart

Really, they asked for your passwords and you ask if its real.


24 posted on 12/12/2011 1:03:44 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine; oldfart
If it were legit, I’d expect them to give you a link to logon, not ask you for password and birthdate info that they already have.

Wrong! Spammers can easily make a link look like it's legitimate and send you to their server which will look like a valid login page. NEVER click on a link from any email that asks you to confirm personal information.

When in doubt, login independently to the site in question-- in this case gmail, and go from there. NOT from the email.

25 posted on 12/12/2011 1:03:55 PM PST by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: oldfart

If you think this could be for real, you’re probably not the sort of person who should be on the Internet at all.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 1:04:08 PM PST by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: oldfart

It’s a scam and has been around since 2009

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/dgtfx-virus-phishing-scam.shtml

http://www.nyu.edu/its/news/archives/2009/08/dgtfx_webmail_phishing_scam.html

And, if you’re worried you have a virus (which I doubt you do), you can search for and remove malware using Malwarebytes (free).

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html


27 posted on 12/12/2011 1:05:08 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: EagleUSA
A high school computer enthusiast could have done a better job of a scam.

Your comment reminded me of this e-mail I saved from 2000. No offense is intended for the fine folks in Arkansas:

Y'all have just received the "Arkansas Virus". As we ain't got no programming experience, this here virus works on the honor system. Please delete all the files from yer hard drive manually and forward this virus to everyone on yer mailing list.

Thanks for all yer cooperation, University of Arkansas Computer Engineering Dept.

28 posted on 12/12/2011 1:06:26 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: oldfart
"Detailed Analysis:
A series of phishing scam emails, which claim to be from Yahoo, BT Internet and other service providers, are currently being distributed by cybercriminals. The emails claim that the "DGTFX virus" has been discovered inside the recipient's email folders and that, to avoid spreading the virus to other users, he or she must reply with the account username, password and other details. The messages warn that the infected account will be terminated if the user does not provide the requested details quickly.

The messages are not from any genuine email provider and the claim that a DGTFX virus has been detected is a lie. The virus claim is designed to panic the user into complying with the request for information without due forethought. Those who fall for the ruse and send their details as requested will in fact be providing criminals with the means of hijacking their email accounts. Once they have received the account information, these criminals can login to the user's email account, lock him or her out of the account by changing the password and then use the account at will for their own nefarious purposes.

These criminals often use such hijacked accounts to launch further scam and spam campaigns. One such ruse is designed to trick contacts of the victim into sending money to online criminals. Once they have gained access to the hijacked account, the scammers will then send emails to all of the people on the account's contact list. These emails will falsely claim that the account holder is in a very difficult situation and desperately needs financial assistance. Usually, such emails claim that the account holder is stranded in another country without money or travel documents due to a robbery or lost baggage.

The scammers use technical sounding language ("DGTFX virus", "1024-bit RSA keys") in an attempt to make their false claims a little more believable. Less experienced computer users may be especially vulnerable to this tactic. They also pretty up their scam messages with logos and other graphics stolen from the websites of the service providers they are targeting.

Legitimate service providers will never send you an unsolicited email that asks you to reply with email usernames and passwords. This is a very common scam that has spawned a number of variations over recent years. Customers of several well-known service providers have been targeted, including those who use Gmail, AT&T, Hotmail, and Bigpond.

Any email that asks you to reply with sensitive information such as your username and password is sure to be a scam.. Note also that some variations of the scam ask users to supply account details by following a link to a bogus website or by opening an attached file." http://www.hoax-slayer.com/dgtfx-virus-phishing-scam.shtml
29 posted on 12/12/2011 1:08:02 PM PST by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: BipolarBob
WHY would you reply to it? Your mail contacts have been compromised. I would do several virus scans from several different vendors. You may have to wipe your hard drive and start over so save anything you need to a different external hard drive. Just in case.

Nonsense.

30 posted on 12/12/2011 1:08:27 PM PST by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: oldfart

Why did the leave out a request for your credit card and drivers license number. LOL, that goes in the follow up.


31 posted on 12/12/2011 1:12:33 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters)
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To: oldfart

That looks incredibly fake. Do not respond


32 posted on 12/12/2011 1:13:08 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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As soon as you forward $1 million as a goodwill gesture to my cousin Prince Sadique S. Abacha in Nigeria, I’ll be able to help you out.


33 posted on 12/12/2011 1:13:08 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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Re post 25: My bad. Type in the link yourself—so it is what is says, not what is displayed on the e-mail.


34 posted on 12/12/2011 1:13:08 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: oldfart
Dear FReeper,

Virus Notification

A DGTFX Virus has been detected in your freeper account. Your freepmail has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2011 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and to your important files. Click here, fill the requested information below and mail a $10,000 check payable to BufordP at P.O. Box 65401, Washingmachine DC 20001 or your freepmail account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus.

Full Name, User name, Password, Date Of Birth, SSN, all credit card numbers with security codes and expiration dates, and any other important account numbers and information you think I might have missed.

34½ posted on 12/12/2011 3:53:57 PM EST by Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2011 (All your passwords are belong to us)

To: oldfart; 3D-Joy; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindyTrueSupporter; concretebob; ...
ping!

If you want off my ping list get over it!


35 posted on 12/12/2011 1:16:46 PM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: 3D-JOY; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindy-true-supporter; concretebob; Disco Dave; ...

Delayed ping.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 1:17:51 PM PST by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: montyspython

“Its a bogus email”

Hey! I didn’t send him an email!


37 posted on 12/12/2011 1:21:11 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: oldfart

It’ll be ok oldfart. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Happens to the best of em. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad when it’s obvious that the scammers are the bad guys here.

Since you replied to their email (and didn’t interact with any of the links), I’d guess you haven’t infected your computer yet. At worst, you may now end up with a boatload more spam than you were getting. You basically let them know that you really do exist. So they may try to bite you again in different ways. You might end up saying to heck with it and changing your email address.

That said, since you didn’t recognize this as a scam, I’d say the potential is high that you may have gotten nipped in emails or while browsing in the past. Might be a good time to get a professional or resident “computer-nerd” (used affectionately) to give your computer a scan to make sure everything’s running at its best.


38 posted on 12/12/2011 1:21:39 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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Please also include you bank account numbers (with pin), SSN# and date of birth.


39 posted on 12/12/2011 1:23:55 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: oldfart

Send me $100 and i’ll send you a software program to install which will eliminate future problems with invasive malware:-)


40 posted on 12/12/2011 1:26:37 PM PST by 101voodoo
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To: oldfart

Geeeeeeez.....(veins popping) don’t open this kind of stuff. Just mark it as spam and NEVER OPEN ANYTHING FROM ANYONE that you don’t initiate. NEVER. My mom is 80 years old and it takes a lot of “mothering” to stop her from clicking on stuff. The laptop I bought her has kept her sane, I think:)

These guys are throwing out bait and you are swallowing. Hook, Line, and Sinker.
You’re gonna give me gray hair....What little I have left.


41 posted on 12/12/2011 1:27:01 PM PST by halfright ("Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading". -TJefferson)
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To: BufordP; oldfart
Thanks for the ping. My email got compromised, but the provider helped me to clean it all up again and set a much stronger password, so it's all right now.

The worst part was that "I" sent all my friends ED medication solicitations. [still blushing over it]
42 posted on 12/12/2011 1:28:28 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: oldfart

Why would they ask for your password? If it was MSN they already know it! If you replied with your password, change it NOW.

It’s a scam.


43 posted on 12/12/2011 1:30:22 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: oldfart
phishing scam
44 posted on 12/12/2011 1:36:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy┬ĺs politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Cyber Liberty
"And, if you FReepmail me your bank account information, I can fetch you millions from my Nigerian bank account."

HA!

You think I'm going to fall for that again?

Last time you only sent $750,000.00.

Nice try though.

45 posted on 12/12/2011 1:49:46 PM PST by blam
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To: oldfart
I recently go an E mail from USA Postal Service: Good afternoon, Your parcel has arrived at the post office on Nov. 6. We were not able to deliver your package to your address. To receive a parcel you should go to the nearest USPS office and show your post label.

It had an attachment supposed to be my label number but I did not open it. I printed it out and took it to the post office and they told me they had no idea what that was all about and that they don't send those types of E mail. If you miss a parcel they put a notice in your mailbox and do not E mail anyone. One lady in line told me her friend opened it and it was a virus. There seems to be no end to trouble makers.

46 posted on 12/12/2011 1:54:05 PM PST by fish hawk (bottom line: I'm voting for WHOEVER wins the republican nomination)
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To: oldfart

It’s not real unless it’s signed by the Nigerian Oil Minister.


47 posted on 12/12/2011 2:02:58 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: oldfart

Click on ‘view’ and then click ‘message headers’ to see where the email originated. Copy the header info and forward the email and the message headers to MSN or Hotmail.
Short of that, there should be an option to report the email to MSN or Hotmail. Right click the checkbox next to the email and you should get that menu.


48 posted on 12/12/2011 2:16:02 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: oldfart

If they don’t ask for your Social Security number, I wouldn’t respond.


49 posted on 12/12/2011 2:32:19 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: oldfart

this is hugh and series......


50 posted on 12/12/2011 3:04:22 PM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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