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Old 05-13-2012, 11:19 PM   #21
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I have been getting amazon "cancellations" and youtube notices in my yahoo e-mail. I don't use that e-mail for amazon orders so I don't think it's related to amazon. I don't post to youtube so I don't think it's related to youtube.
I also get cancellation notices for Yahoo e-mail so I'm guessing it's related to Yahoo. Started regularly the last few wks.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #22
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I've also been receiving emails from Verizon regarding my account and the money I owe them. A huge tip-off is: I don't have an account with Verizon.

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:07 AM   #23
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At least to this point amazon itself uses different email addresses than the spamers/fishers. Orders come from auto-confirm, while shipment notifications come ship-confirm. The fishers so far are from order-update. BTW if you just mouse over the links in these messages you can see the linked address, and it is a bizzare one.
That's what triggers most anti-phishing spam filters. The friendly looking URL in the message is really just a text hyperlink, with the actual HTTP address going someplace weird. Oh, sure it SAYS amazon.com, but the actual address is something weird like http :// 192.168.255.255/drevil/bad//stuff.

Spam filters and antivirus code like ClamAV check for these pseudo-URLs in the mail message source code and can flag or destroy the bad messages.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #24
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. BTW if you just mouse over the links in these messages you can see the linked address, and it is a bizzare one.
Thanks for this tip. I expected the address to pop up when I moused over the link so thought it wasn't working until I realized it was at the bottom of screen. .............so if the first part is legit like amazon. com but the rest looks like xyz,,,,,,,,## does that mean it's ok?
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Thanks for this tip. I expected the address to pop up when I moused over the link so thought it wasn't working until I realized it was at the bottom of screen. .............so if the first part is legit like amazon. com but the rest looks like xyz,,,,,,,,## does that mean it's ok?
No, they can include the amazon.com part and still redirect you to badland. The safest thing to do when you want to followup on any email notice is to enter the site URL directly in your browser address bar. I vaguely recall reading that scripts in messages could display legitimate URLs on rollover but still send you to other places when you activate the link. I think the browsers may have corrected for that by displaying the redirect portion as well (the xyz,,,,,## you mentioned).
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I've been getting bunches of them although after the first batch, the Yahoo spam filter has caught them all. Have gone from 2-3 messages in SPAM per day to now 10-12. Ugh.
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