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Old 05-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Are others seeing an increase in phishing emails?

I have seen a large increase in phishing emails purporting to "confirm" a cancellation of an Amazon order, announcing that my Paypal account update is available online, etc. All of these messages have links to go to the site and login typically using bizzaro world URLs containing the actual site name (e.g. amazon.com) followed by some strange concoction of characters that will undoubtedly direct you to evil server in Ubickybickystan.

I NEVER click on emails purporting to offer links to my accounts but these cancellation emails can be particularly tempting to act on if they happen to appear shortly after you have made a transaction. I think of some of my relatives and wonder if they could resist.

Anyone else noticed an increase in these? I have seen it in my Yahoo account but not Gmail. Maybe I just got my address added to some bad guy's sucker list.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:58 AM   #2
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Have you checked your gmail spam filter? I've seen these (amazon) in my gmail account, they got past the filter. Spammers are always looking for a way to get to the 0.01% of people who actually do e-dumb things like click on the links and then give personal data.
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For the past month or so, I get one or two every day in my Yahoo e-mail (usually goes to spam but sometimes in the main inbox). I never get them in my gmail email, which makes me wonder if (a) is gmail better at just bouncing them so I never see them, or (b) did someone hack into Amazon and steal the addresses, as I've only used my Yahoo e-mail to order from Amazon.
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Have you checked your gmail spam filter? I've seen these (amazon) in my gmail account, they got past the filter.
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For the past month or so, I get one or two every day in my Yahoo e-mail (usually goes to spam but sometimes in the main inbox).
Like Bestwifeever, I am only seeing them in Yahoo, not Gmail. I haven't identified any of the messages as spam because they use a legitimate domain name in the email header. I don't want to identify everything coming from amazon.com as spam.
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For the past month or so, I get one or two every day in my Yahoo e-mail (usually goes to spam but sometimes in the main inbox). I never get them in my gmail email, which makes me wonder if (a) is gmail better at just bouncing them so I never see them, or (b) did someone hack into Amazon and steal the addresses, as I've only used my Yahoo e-mail to order from Amazon.
I've recently seen the same thing - Amazon phishing messages in my Yahoo mail but not gmail. Yahoo has only let one slip through the spam filter though...
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Yes.

It used to be just spam but now phishing too. These are getting through the Yahoo spam filter.

I send them straight to the spam folder and dump it often.
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Yes, huge increase in the last couple of weeks. I have my Yahoo spam filter mark suspected spam and forward it to me via Thunderbird. That way I don't miss legitimate emails. I used to get a few spam a week, now it is dozens a day.
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Yes, I've noticed them....both in my gmail Inbox and the Spam box.

I then go to the REAL site and see if they are interested in receiving such spam/phisihing emails . Some are. In that case, I forward the email to them.

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I have seen a large increase in phishing emails purporting to "confirm" a cancellation of an Amazon order,
Thank you for mentioning this one! I got it yesterday in my AOL email and deleted it, but wondered if it was real or not. I really should start using my gmail account more (but everyone has my AOL email and I am lazy).
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I have received both the Amazon and Paypal phishing emails in the past.

I have Spoofstick (SpoofStick Home) installed on my pc so if I have doubt on a url, I check the Spoofstick result as an extra verification.
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Thank you for mentioning this one! I got it yesterday in my AOL email and deleted it, but wondered if it was real or not. I really should start using my gmail account more (but everyone has my AOL email and I am lazy).
Maybe you could set up an automatic reply on your AOL account that either says "contact me on my new gmail account at whatever@gmail..." or if you don't want that out there "call me for my new email address if you're someone that should really have it." Maybe that's a good "lazy" way to make the transition. I love my gmail!
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Maybe you could set up an automatic reply on your AOL account that either says "contact me on my new gmail account at whatever@gmail..." or if you don't want that out there "call me for my new email address if you're someone that should really have it." Maybe that's a good "lazy" way to make the transition. I love my gmail!
I am quite familiar with auto-responses, since we used them at work when on leave.

So how do the multitude of businesses sending me auto-reminders or who want my e-mail for unknown reasons, handle auto-responses like that?

I did make a list of everyone who contacted me via that e-mail for a year, before we cancelled our move to Missouri (since my AOL email has my location in it and I would be forced to switch). I just need to get busy and do something with it.

This is all too much work. I'm going back to posting.
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My main mail provider uses Postini so I never get spam delivered. But I have to empty Postini out twice a day. I never get spam in gmail.
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I have seen a large increase in phishing emails purporting to "confirm" a cancellation of an Amazon order, announcing that my Paypal account update is available online, etc.

Anyone else noticed an increase in these? I have seen it in my Yahoo account but not Gmail. Maybe I just got my address added to some bad guy's sucker list.
My Yahoo e-mail gets two or three of these a day in the spam folder. Started a couple weeks ago. Occasionally one shows up in the inbox but I just flag it as spam.

These things seem to run in cycles along with the "male enhancement" and Canadian pharmacy spams. Must be the phases of the moon or something like that...
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For those marking this phishing expeditions as spam do you stop getting legitimate emails from the domain in question? My Amazon frauds have spoofed @amazon.com in the from address. Since my yahoo address is the one I use for commercial junk I don't want to block confirmation emails, shipment notices and the like.
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DW received one of these a couple of weeks ago. Since she has neither an Amazon nor PayPal account, she just marked it as "junk" on her Hotmail account.

While she uses a global mail account (e.g. Hotmail) since she links her Hotmail calander to her Windows smart phone, I could see that the activity could be only on global email subscribers.

As for myself? I only use my ISP's mail (Verizon, with worldwide access) and have yet to see such an "attack", FWIW...
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So how do the multitude of businesses sending me auto-reminders or who want my e-mail for unknown reasons, handle auto-responses like that?
Yes, there is that! I guess there is no really easy way.
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For those marking this phishing expeditions as spam do you stop getting legitimate emails from the domain in question? My Amazon frauds have spoofed @amazon.com in the from address. Since my yahoo address is the one I use for commercial junk I don't want to block confirmation emails, shipment notices and the like.
I ordered something from Amazon last week and the confirmation e-mails did not go to my spam folder, unlike the phishing fake Amazon.com e-mails. So Yahoo's spam filter must read "invisible" info in the e-mail sender to be able to let the bona fides come through to the regular e-mail folder.
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I received these from Amazon and PayPal as well. AOL did a good job of placing them neatly in my Spam folder. I find that AOL's spam filter is a saving grace for AOL.
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I ordered something from Amazon last week and the confirmation e-mails did not go to my spam folder, unlike the phishing fake Amazon.com e-mails. So Yahoo's spam filter must read "invisible" info in the e-mail sender to be able to let the bona fides come through to the regular e-mail folder.
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.
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