Beware Of Strange Emails…

I woke this morning to a stray email in my inbox…

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Oh!

Why do I need to reset my password?

I checked the senders email address.

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I even looked at this Shining Theory website.

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But I wasn’t convinced… no one else has contacted me from this blog… no one else follows me from them…

So I replied to the email.

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To get this…

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Hmmm……

Dodgy!

Beware Peeps.  Don’t go changing passwords if you haven’t requested a new one.

This is rather strange.

However, if I’m being stupid,do let me know and I’ll click on the link …

61 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 18:32:36

    Thanks for the warning email. I have had the Amazon scam email but Amazon never sends attachments so I knew it was fishy.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 18:35:14

      No worries! Actually I Need to retract this post!!! I have found out since posting that it is from.someone genuine who was setting up self hosted site. But the password thing was a mistake!

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  3. dornahainds
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 18:06:15

    Thank you for the warning. 😇

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  4. syl65
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 17:45:21

    The spammers are very good at making their emails look legit. I just ignore them!

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  5. ShiningTheory
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 17:33:16

    I regret the inconvenience caused and I am sorry for the same.

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  6. ShiningTheory
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 16:52:12

    The above comments have errors.
    Ignore them and please give a reply.

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  7. ShiningTheory
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 16:38:39

    For more details visit MyTheory.

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  8. ShiningTheory
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 16:37:04

    Please follow me again. I have migrated to a self-hosted site and had earlier informed my followers that I will transfer the existing followers regarding the same. .
    From My Theory.

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  9. Shilpa Arya
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 15:40:44

    scary !! Need to be more alert now

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  10. Dorinda Duclos
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 15:37:19

    If you ever have a password change request, never click the link in the email. Always type the website into your browser. And if you didn’t request a password change, hit the trash icon 😊

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  11. The Story Reading Ape
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 14:43:12

    IT’s a SCAM – Notify WP about it Ritu!
    There are a LOT of other emails going around, supposedly from Amazon, iTunes, etc, advising of purchases – THEY ARE ALSO SCAMS, PHISHING and DANGEROUS – DELETE IMMEDIATELY…

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  12. colinandray
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 14:33:24

    Nope… not stupid. Common sense/logic should always prevail. I keep getting requests from banks I don’t deal with to go to their site and re-enter all my personal info! Then there are the multi millions just waiting to be transferred from Nigeria into Canada which, with my help, will net me just over a million! There are some very sad examples of human beings “out there”!

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    • Ritu
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 20:06:41

      So True… These scams are so stupid, yet if someone was unaware, they could get fully taken advantage of… But this mystery is now solved… I have posted about it this evening!!!

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  13. Dan Antion
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 14:02:05

    Changing passwords might be a good idea, but never do it from a link someone sends you unless, as you said, you’ve requested the link. Login to the Admin page the way you normally do and change it from there.

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  14. vanbytheriver
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:54:18

    What Hugh said….Be careful out there.

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  15. Judy E Martin
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 12:48:18

    Hmmm, definitely sounds fishy!
    I have had spoof emails from Papal and Amazon as well as my bank. It is worrying they are getting so sophisticated

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  16. Hugh's Views and News
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:41:27

    If you’re not sure, never click on any links in an email, Ritu. They often contain a virus and once it gets into your computer it can lock everything up, threaten to delete your files (unless you pay a ransom) or whoever sent it can then access your computer and get passwords. My recommendation is to always contact whoever sent the email and ask them if it is genuine. WordPress can do this (they can even tell you what time they sent it) as it happened to me a few months ago. It turned out to be a genuine email from them but I wasn’t sure about it.
    I get lots of spoof emails from PayPal, Amazon, iTunes, my bank, and now even BT which often end up in my spam folder, but some can get through. These people are getting better and better at making these emails look good, but if you have the tiniest of suspicions then contact the provider first.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 12, 2017 @ 13:10:50

      Oh I know Hugh…. I looked up the blog via my browser search engine instead of clicking the link. Then emailed them directly back. Had there been any issue I wouldn’t have had access to anything WP related… if I’d blocked myself!
      I always compare emails that I question with genuine ones that I have to make sure they are real!
      Thank you 😊 xxx

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      • Hugh's Views and News
        Jan 12, 2017 @ 13:29:56

        Good to hear, Ritu, but, they are getting more and more sophisticated. The top three things to look out for to know if it’s a scam or not is –

        Have they addressed you by name in the email? If they haven’t, then it’s more likely to be a scam.
        Are there any simple spelling mistakes, missing words, or strange characters such as 0,%, *, $, in the subject line? If there is, then it’s likely to be a scam.
        Does the message in the subject line contain ‘FW’ at the beginning? If it does, then it’s an email the sender may have forwarded to hundreds of other people and could be a scam.

        I’m sure you’re very careful and will know these tricks that scammers use, Ritu, but I hope they’ll help others who may read this comment.

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      • Ritu
        Jan 12, 2017 @ 13:35:02

        All important pointers to look out for Hugh, you’re right! Thank you again!!!! Xxx

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  17. amommasview
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:11:20

    Now that’s one of the messages that cause all the red lights in my system to go crazy…

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  18. charlypriest
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:50:50

    Sorry, I just couldn´t resist….it was me!

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  19. wendyunsworth
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:32:04

    Hi Ritu, just yesterday evening I received a confirmation order from Amazon. As it definitely wasn’t something I ordered I tried the link and it asked for my password so I closed it down and rang Amazon. They were helpful, told me it hadn’t come from them and asked me to forward it. As they used to say on ‘Hill Street Blues’ ( but you are far too young to remember! ) – ‘Be careful out there!’

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  20. daveywankenobie
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:24:22

    You’re right to be cautious. Everything seems like it’s booby trapped in my inbox lately with mails purporting to be from iTunes or Netflix all over the place. My dad and his friends are also besieged by things like this lately.

    It really worries me that his suddenly internet enabled generation (who are often just muddling through technically) gets older and often more vulnerable that it’s a ticking time bomb for fraud and identity theft.

    I never follow any links like the one you received. I go direct to the source.

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  21. Erika Kind
    Jan 12, 2017 @ 08:20:20

    Thank you for this, Sis! I experienced the same…. and ignored it! I don’t know what this is about but it looks strange!!!

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