Odd msg received from list

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Thu Nov 14 15:11:42 CET 2013


In article <mailman.2591.1384437196.18130.python-list at python.org>,
 Verde Denim <tdldev at gmail.com> wrote:

> I got an odd message this morning from the list telling me that my
> account was de-activated due to excessive bounces. I've only sent a
> handful of messages to this board, but do read an awful lot of the posts
> in order to learn more about the language. The message also listed my
> account password, which I found odd. Has anyone else received a message
> like this?

This sounds like a variation of a classic phishing scam.  You get an 
email which looks official, telling you that some account you have has 
been suspended because you need to verify some information.  The wording 
of the message is always vague about exactly what account this is.

Don't click on any of the links.  At best, they're harvesting email 
addresses.  At worst, they're harvesting personal information which can 
be used for identity theft, credit card fraud, or all sorts of 
malfeasance.

Here's some recent examples from my junk mailbox:

> Attention User;
> Your email Quota is almost exceeded. We are currently doing a maintenance on 
> our server. Please, Visit page below to update your account and avoid losing 
> your inbox.
>  
> [link elided]
> 
> Thank you,
> Technical Team

and another:

> Dear Client,
> 
> 
> This is an automatic message by the system to let you know that you have to 
> confirm your account information within 48 hours.
> Your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it.
> The account will continue to be frozen until it is approved And Validate Your 
> Account Information.
> Once you have updated your account records, your information will be 
> confirmed and your account will start to work as normal once again.
>  This will help protect you in the future. The process does not take more 
> than 3 minutes.
> 
> To proceed to confirm your account information please click on the link below 
> and follow the instructions that will be required.
>  
> Click Here To Verfiy Your Account info
>  
> © 2013 All rights reserved.



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