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Facebook Password Reset

Loyal readers will know what this is…

.. and how the paperclip will automatically put me on the Global Suckers List should I get curious and open the e-mail.
But in case you don’t know, this is a classic “phishing” attack. It is cybercrime. Click here and learn what “phishing” is.

(BTW, I have never had a Facebook account… But the mastermind behind this is hoping you do. Responding would give the criminal full access to my account.)

March 17, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet scam | ,


  1. Paul:
    Concerning your post of Facebook password reset. I thought you could open these emails, it was only if you click on the link or opened the attachement you would be in trouble?
    Is what you are saying, opening the email alone will either put malware or give your info to the “bad” guys?



    Comment by larry caplan | March 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Larry Caplan,
      Okay, there are several things going on: none of them “good”.. as you might expect, as the person behind this is a criminal.

      There are small “triggers” in a lot of spam e-mail — such as JPEG’s (visible or invisible), and the inclusion of attachments, that because of the way e-mail works will signal to the Sender that your.address(at) responded (if you open and look at the e-mail). “Ah ha!” says they, “a live one!”
      So now that they know that your.address(at) is a REAL person, not only that, but a real person who opens unsolicited e-mail,… well, you can expect to be on receiving end of a lot more phishing lures, and junk mail… after all, there’s fish in the your.address(at) pond. The criminal will sell your.address(at) to others of his ilk, who will pass it on to still others.

      Actually going further, and being so *unwise* as to open the attachment, well, now you are really gambling. The attachment very well could be a script, or virus, or URL redirector which will take your web browser to a poison website, which will attack your machine and try to infect it.

      So… no.. looking at the e-mail will (probably) not infect your machine… and looking at the attachment may not infect your machine.. (it may simply be a form to harvest your login credentials).
      Cybercrime is already bigger business than the illegal drugs biz..

      Great question. Hope I helped clear things up.


      Comment by techpaul | March 17, 2010 | Reply

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