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Tech: Virus Alert

Owen Woodson 04 Feb 12 - 05:53 AM
GUEST,PeterC 04 Feb 12 - 01:55 PM
Acme 04 Feb 12 - 09:42 PM
Skivee 05 Feb 12 - 12:53 AM
Owen Woodson 05 Feb 12 - 06:35 AM
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Subject: Tech: Virus Alert
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 05:53 AM

I've been buying a lot of stuff from Amazon UK. As people will know Amazon send out quite a lot of emails telling buyers about the status of their orders etc, so I wasn't surprised when I received one this morning telling me about an order I'd supposedly cancelled.

I couldn't remember placing that particular order, never mind cancelling it, but no matter. The grey matter isn't what it used to be, and I suppose it was just about possible they'd got me mixed up with someone else.

The email, BTW, looked completely genuine, so I clicked on the link and up came a virus alert.

I normally never fall for anything like that, and my AV software swotted it immediately. But it just goes to show you can never be too careful.

FWIW. The email content is below.

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Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here's a summary of your order:

You just canceled order #186-5718118-816415 placed on February 4, 2012.

Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________

1 of The Vindictively Special Edition
By: Lee Turner

Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!

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Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com
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Subject: RE: Tech: Virus Alert
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 01:55 PM

Don't rely on your AV software to keep viruses out. I have had a couple of incidents over the years when the software happily lets the infection in and only tells me afterwards.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Virus Alert
From: Acme
Date: 04 Feb 12 - 09:42 PM

If you're uncertain, don't click the link, close the window and go to the site itself and check. Common sense is as important a virus protection device as any software program.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Virus Alert
From: Skivee
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 12:53 AM

FWIW The book doesn't seem to exist.

1 of The Vindictively Special Edition
By: Lee Turner


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Subject: RE: Tech: Virus Alert
From: Owen Woodson
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 06:35 AM

SRS. You're absolutely correct. The sane and sensible thing to do would have been to check my Amazon account and see whether I'd ordered anything under that name. The point is that I am usually ultra careful about anything like that. If they were able to smuggle a virus past me so easily, God alone knows who else they could fool.


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