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Current E-mail Scam

 
 

Many current e-mail scams include virus carrying e-mails, e-mails from fraudulent companies and businesses bent on scamming you through their bogus e-mails.

 

There are many types of viruses carried by e-mails including phishing, trojan, hybrid and various e-mail worms.

According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (or US-CERT), there are vulnerabilities in how Microsoft Windows handles Windows Metafiles (or "wmf").

Many e-mails are being sent to people designed as MS Word or MS Office Document and once opened, release viruses onto your computer. WMF files masquarading as JPEG image files, once opened, can also compromise your system.

Other compromising activities which seem to slip through the protection of anti-virus software and intrusion detection systems are: visiting a particular web site specially crafted with a virus; visiting sites that are indexed by Google Desktop Search, where a malicious WMF file has been placed; or viewing a folder containing a malicious WMF file with Windows Explorer.

There are also e-mails designed to obtain your credit card number and then induce an identity theft. As a matter of fact, one such current e-mail scam is the following: an e-mail is sent to people stating to be from the company Best Buy's fraud department which states that they have received an order using the consumer's credit card number, and then goes on to say that Best Buy had some suspicions regarding the order and asks people to verify their personal credit card information.

We strongly encourage you not to respond to this e-mail, if received by you, and to report it to Best Buy right away. Best Buy is apparently aware of this problem and has already taken steps to have the fraudulent site shut down.

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