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Email Payment Scam? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Received forwarded email with long chain of prior forwarding, saying that Microsoft and AOL were paying $245 per forwarded email during a "beta-testing" of their Explorer capability.   Sounds very much like pyramid scam, but had tons of testimonials (with full email addresses) from people who had gotten $10,000+ checks from Microsoft.

    Has anyone heard of this?

     

    Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:25 PM

Answers

  • Duryea,

    That one and the one with the Nigerian guy who wants to deposit money into you bank account are probably the two oldest email hoaxes on the net.

    Only these days, these emails probably come with some virually undetectable rootkit that has already taken control of your computer!

    If you know the peson who sent it to you, read them the riot act.

    Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:33 PM
  • Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mails

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

     

    Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

    Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:39 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Duryea,

    That one and the one with the Nigerian guy who wants to deposit money into you bank account are probably the two oldest email hoaxes on the net.

    Only these days, these emails probably come with some virually undetectable rootkit that has already taken control of your computer!

    If you know the peson who sent it to you, read them the riot act.

    Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:33 PM
  • Dan,

     

    I have an up to date Norton Internet Security System running on my computer; this includes an advanced firewall protection system.  I have received no detection notice of any problem.

     

    I am not very computer literate.   Is there anything more that I need to do since I opened the email from a "safe" individual.  I never sent the email to another individual. 

     

    Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:20 AM
  • Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mails

    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx

     

    Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

    Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:39 AM
    Moderator