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thanks, bj

Thursday, January 6, 2011


 I received the following email
and it struck me as suspicious, right from the start.
 Dear User

HTK4S a virus was detected in Webmail server, and all webmail accounts must be
updated immediately to prevent damage to the webmail

You are asked to provide the identity account listed below to allow us to check and maintain your account
with the new version HTK4S anti-virus/anti-Spam 2011. failure to provide valid information, your account
will be temporarily suspended from our services.

Name :..................
User Name ...............
Password :............
Date of Birth :...........

Webmail Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved
First of all,  poor punctuation caught my eye. 
The email didn't look professional.
I KNEW Xanadoo would NOT be asking for my name,
user name,
Date of Birth
I immediately sent the email to  Xanadoo, 
receiving the following reply.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Erin Thom via RT" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 9:23 AM
Subject: [Xanadoo #46917] Lubbock - Sales : email

> The email you have gotten is called a "Phishing" email. It is a scam and
> not
> from Xanadoo. Please know that Xanadoo will NEVER ask you for personal
> information through email communications. I have included a Wiki link
> about
> Phishing so that you may further learn about this invasion of privacy.
> Thank you
> Xanadoo Support
PHISHING is when an email purporting to be from a legitimate source attempts to trick you into volunteering your personal or credential-related information.
(FISHING FOR INFORMATION, hence the name.)
These messages vary in content, but all claim to be from a legitimate sources such as
IF you receive such a message, you should treat it as SPAM
and simply delete it.
I am sure most of you are already aware of all this but, just in case there's
someone out there that ISN'T AWARE,
I wanted to share this incident with you.
NOW....go have a fun day !
WOO HOOoooooooooooooooooooo

LOVE, bj


Abramyan Avenue said...

I used to get many of those from "eBay." I haven't seen any in while, so I guess that's good. But it's always good to put the word out there again for those who may not be aware!! My mother was almost duped by those. Thank goodness she called me before submitting infomation!

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

Thanks for sharing this.
I agree. Never never never give out such info, it's always a scam.
Happy New Year!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for info:)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info BJ,
I used to get a lot from a bank i didn't even have an account with,
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your sweet loved ones,
Love Kristina xxx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing dear BJ!
Kisses, Zondra Art

Jeanne said...

Good morning bj, I have missed you my sister friend. We are in Florida AGAIN, this time for our oldest grandson's wedding. What a joy it is to see him soooo happy and in love. Two years ago in March his mom died at 42 and his heart was broken. He met his love around that time and she is adorable. Happy times.

I appreciate your heads up post today. I am always alert to this kind of email. I never give my personal info to anyone I don't know. Good for you for checking this out.

I just read your previous post too. I found myself with a bit of time on my computer while my daughter's family are still sleeping. Finding time for my blogging friends makes me soooo happy. I have really been busy this Christmas season. More than usual.

Your flowers are gorgeous. I love the photos too. And...the veggie soup looks delicious. My favorite soup by far.

Have a wonderful day.
Warm hugs and love,

Theresa said...

Thanks for the tip! I am always sniffing around for something stinky:) Have a blessed day my friend, woohoo!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Good eye, girl! I don't like those rats!!! Thanks for the info and helping others spot at rat!
Is that your on the skiis????

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great info, BJ. I have had several emails from hotmail saying the same thing and new it had to be a scam since hotmail has my info.

anSeL said...

that's scary. they will do anything to get info from you.

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Good that you caught the scam mail. Its awful we have to be on our toes all the time.... and I don't have my ballet toe shoes any longer, it sure would help....

The other tricky one going around is from banks if you do your online banking and by phone too. My mother is elderly but thank the lord she knew the call she received was not from her bank.

I love the wolf in sheep's clothing photo.

Thanks for reminding us to be on guard.

Donnie said...

That's a timely post because the scammers get busier usually right after the year starts and after holidays because people are very distracted. Thanks BJ.

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Hi B.J...I get them all the time also - you'd think they would get tired of sending them and being deleted. Love your idea of the funny cards on your plates - you are so creative! Have a happy new year!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi BJ...Thanks for keeping us posted! I love those ads with the sheep and raccoons...too cute! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Lavender Cottage said...

I too have had these messages and supposedly from our bank. I just forward them to the bank's phishing dept. as requested. Bet they never get to the bottom of it because they appear again a month or two later.
I also had an email from a supposed soldier in Afganistan that found a barrel of money he needed help with getting out of the country......yeah right!
Have a good day.

arkie said...

Scary stuff! My husbands email got hijacked a few months ago by someone in Nigeria. He never got it back and had to start all over. Our old computer got a virus that tracked our keystrokes evidently. We had good virus protection even. Just not good enough. I have gotten lots of emails like you show, but don't answer them. Thanks for putting the info out there for others!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Good reminder, Dearie! We KNOW not to pay attention to anything, we don't fully understand. But we might get lax, at times.

The DELETE key is our friend!!!

If someone really needs to get in touch with us, they will. In some way, in which we can feel secure.

Gentle Jan. hugs...

Anonymous said...

These have come into all my accounts. I have three. I just delete. Sneaky thieves!!

LV said...

Thank you so much BJ for this information. I get a lot of things through spam, but never open them. However, one day recently I received an email from someone I knew, but my computer alerted that it contained a virus. So I deleted it.

PEA said...

Yup, any email that asks for your personal info is a scam. They can make it look so professional, though, and that's why so many people fall for them. I always find it such a shame that some people have to ruin it for others. Glad you're putting the word out there to beware!!! xoxo

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Thanks for the info. That's scary.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Thanks for the tip...can never be to careful with personal info....I learned something new about the sandwich that I hadn't heard favorite is a Reuben sandwich second favorite is just a plain old peanut butter and banana sandwich. Trish

xinex said...

Thanks for the warning about that phishing email, BJ. You make any food looks so good, appetizing and attractive....Christine

Kathleen Grace said...

Thanks for the phishing post BJ. These things can look so real and come attached to names and businesses that we trust!

A southerner who lives in Fairbanks, AK. said...

BJ whenever I go to my computer says "windows cannot find bjc....please check the spelling and try again. I'm trying to get a message to you that your new blog is not coming to my address like it did when you had sweet nothings. can you help me get you back again?