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Created On: 28 April 2013 08:36 AM
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 28 April 2013 08:36 AM
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Zs

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Hi,

I've had an email three times this week called something like 'single mom makes loads of money on the computer' or the like.

Now, I really didn't expect one of the heads of the NIC and two others of similar stature to be sending me things like that so they were deleted without opening.

I've just had confirmation that it is a virus doing the rounds of the City of London Business establishements and is making its way through some tough firewalls. It locks you out of your computer.

I think all is well here but don't open it if you get it. Delete and then empty your trash bucket as well.

Zs
 28 April 2013 10:15 AM
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alancapon

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Assuming you are using MS Outlook for your email, if you use "shift" and "delete", the email is immediately deleted without going into the deleted items folder.

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Alan.
 29 April 2013 09:05 AM
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impvan

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...the trouble with this particular spam is that it sends itself with an email address of someone you already know, so junking based on address won't help; better to filter on content of your email client allows.
 29 April 2013 10:25 AM
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potential

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I think you will find the so-called NIC address is a spoof address and there is another address that the email is sent from.
If a trusted address is really used the address has been hacked.

The safe rule is the same for whatever and wherever the email comes from.
Do not click any link in an email.
 29 April 2013 12:56 PM
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AJJewsbury

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My other half received one of those a few days ago - from someone she'd had contact with some months earlier. My guess would be that something had compromised the sender's address book (not a new trick).
- Andy.
 29 April 2013 01:15 PM
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Zs

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All from known email contacts. Friends at high level in the NIC....the dark side

Zs
 29 April 2013 02:28 PM
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stateit

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A lot of occurrences such as these are it's where your account has been hacked, and using your contacts' addresses to send you spam.

This is as opposed to the sender's account being hacked.

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