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#1 BA_JETS

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:56 PM

I recently recieved an e-mail from a site that copied your exact look and feel. It advised me of a new anti virus program recommended by SWI. As it turned out it was bogus and infected my computer very badly. I'm still in the process of trying to resolve all the issues with the infection. Hack Police was the helper assisting me but he told me he was moving and someone else would be taking over my account. I sent a messege to the administrator mail about this because no one has picked up where he left off. I got a small pop up kind of statement from one of your admin people saying that someone would soon take over and help me. Here is the new problem, I just received anbother e-mail from SWI Forums that looks exactly like the first bogus one I will post a copy of it here so that someone can please tell me if it is a valid messege or another virus downloader.

You have a new personal message ( SWI Forums )‏
From: SWI Forums (forums@spywareinfo.com)
Sent: Tue 8/26/08 11:24 AM
To: [removed - cnm]

BA_JETS, cnm has sent you a new personal message titled "Re:Forum helper no longer available". You can read this personal message by following the link below: http://www.spywarein...?...&MSID=55472 Regards, The SWI Forums team.http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php


here is another copy of the original bogus e-mail that infected my system, please advise me of what to do and I also wanted to alert you if the new one above is also bogus:

You have a new personal message ( SWI Forums )‏
From: SWI Forums (forums@spywareinfo.com)
Sent: Thu 8/21/08 4:16 AM
To: [email address removed - cnm]

BA_JETS, Support has sent you a new personal message titled "Best onlinescanner www.antivirus777.com". You can read this personal message by following the link below: http://www.spywarein...?...&MSID=52180 Regards, The SWI Forums team.http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php

I have not clicked on the messege to follow the site.

Edited by cnm, 27 August 2008 - 08:09 PM.


#2 dave38

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:11 PM

The new massage from CNM is not bogus. You can follow the link in it to read what cnm has sent you
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 05:41 PM

Both of those messages are part of how SWI notifies you of any response to your subscribed topics and to your Private Messages... The malware link was posted in the Private Message and this topic suggests that no one click on links in Private Messages unless you have first verified that it is legit first:

http://www.spywarein...?...=119229&hl=

We have greatly limited the number of PMs that a Member can send in a day and that will probably prevent this from happening for us again, but keep in mind that the slime criminals who do this use human gullibility to infect computers and steal money all the time... The pests who did this scam also use very professional looking scams all over the web... Read this and the associated article...

http://www.spywarein...?...=119404&hl=

In general -- do not click on links if you don't have a very good idea where they go...
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