Simon Ashton returns - Mad email scam

Submitted: Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 13:21
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If anyone gets an email from simon25@hotmail.co.uk read this link:

Is the virus warning about a hacker called Simon Ashton real?

Who else remembers our famous Simon?

Phil
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 15:40

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 15:40
Before you fall off your perch go to SNOPES and read about it.

Do not be fooled by the opening comment that "I checked Snopes and it's real" - check Snopes for yourself.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:15

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:15
What is SNOPES?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:23

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:23
Snopes is a search engine that specialises in exposing bull bleep and scams of all descriptions.
There are a couple of others, but Snopes is probably the best


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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:26

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:26
Here is Snopes answer to Simon Ashton.


Simon Ashston Hoax


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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:18

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:18
Dicky (or whatever your name is)

To me I don't care I just deleted i as I do to anything that I do not know what or whomever it is from. I din't bother with SNOPES whatever that is.

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Follow Up By: Member - DickyBeach - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:51

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:51
No problem Phil.

Snopes is a website where one can check questionable warnings etc.

See Snopes - Simon.

And, like you, I also deleted the email (having first checked on Snopes).

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:01

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:01
I knew it was bogus to start with. Knowing where it came from also made me suspicious.

Never used SNOPES. The policy is that if you are at all suspicious then delete it. If it is important then they should have sent it by mail. Emails can so easily be tampered with that we do not accept anything "official" by email.

I can also look at the raw file data in both hex and binary before opening any email. Helps to have a grass roots type of programming background.

Thanks for the info.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 01:01

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 01:01
If I receive e-mails from the likes of Simon I delete them. However the biggest problem is people keep sending these rubbish e-mail warnings of something harmless. That's when I use the Snopes and other similar sites and show the senders of the rubbish warnings how they have been duped. That's cut down half of my spam.


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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 07:32

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 07:32
I just make up message rules that delete them automatically as they are received. I had forgotten about this one.

No need for snopes if you use some common sense as I did and check it out yourself.

Cheers

Phil
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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 14:20

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 14:20
Phil if I was you I would get onto your mates at ACME..... they seem to have plenty of time on their hands.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 17:02

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 17:02
What are you on about? ACME? Who are they?

I was just letting people know its around again.

You always get the wrong end of the stick.

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