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General cyber-scams, phishing thread

  • 10-12-2022 9:19pm
    Registered Users Posts: 19,869 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Mods, please feel free to move this where you think is most appropriate.

    Here is a general phishing/hacking thread where posters could sound out others regarding potentially dodgy emails/sites, or post info about cyber scams they know about. 

    Cyber scams are ever present, and even though I know a little stuff in this area and continue to study it, I’m always just several steps short of being taken in myself if I don’t take my routine steps & maintain the highest degree of suspicion. 

    Technically, I know how to operate phishing scams, fake calls (even once took myself in for a split second!!), how to clone/alter websites, redirect traffic etc, yet I potentially stand to be taken in, eg if I were under great pressure. Nobody should feel bad about falling for these scams, there is space to learn. 

    Coming up to Christmas my junk mail is filling rapidly with phishing emails, adverts for sites which might provide shoddy goods or a ‘non-service’. 

    My first alert here is regarding an email which has been doing the rounds:

    no-reply @

    It purports to come from Microsoft and typically states a hacker (usually) from Russia has managed to sign into your Microsoft account & knows your password, had accessed your email, cloud storage, etc etc. it is entirely fake & phishing. Do not click on the link or that in any other email. Go separately to valid site unless you have determined fully that the email is entirely legitimate. 

    Most people “fall”’for scams because their default thinking is that the rest of the world is generally as honest as they are. - serving exiled talent