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Watch out for Yahoo email scam

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at 9:46 PM

A conversation with my sister Kathy a few minutes ago revealed a sinister email scam involving Yahoo. Those of you who have Yahoo email listen up: First a very authentic email comes from what appears to be Yahoo. It warns you that there is a scam going around, and it asks for your user name name and password. I've received the email before, and I promptly deleted it (the best thing to do). My sister gave them the wrong password, but Gary, a friend of hers, took the email seriously and did as they requested, foolish, foolish man!

Here's what happened next: Kathy got a frantic email which appeared to be from Gary (though it did come from another email address --- a red flag!). In this email, he said he was in Great Britain and needed her to send him money.

Since she had just been to his Christmas party, and he mentioned nothing about a trip to Europe, she called him. Nope, he wasn't in Europe -- and he confessed that he HAD "updated" his user name and password with Yahoo. Voila! Busted!

Now, this scammer has all Gary's entire list of email friends to send messages to.

The lesson -- Never give out your user name and password to ANYONE -- even if you think you know who they are! My sister figured that Yahoo already HAD her user name, so why would they have to ask her??? Right!

You cannot believe how realistic these documents and emails are! I wrote some back of an email scam that I got from what appeared to be the Social Security Administration. I didn't even click on the attachment, because I knew that neither the IRS nor the Social Security Administration will ever send you an email asking for anything!

Last week, our school superintendent told me to watch out for a Java update which is actually a virus! (ARG!!! I think I may have done that on my mini!!)

I also recently received an official-looking email from a Parcel Post Organization of some kind, telling me to click on an attachment and copy a claim form to get my "parcel." The sneaky thing about this scam is that so many people are mailing parcels here at Christmas time, and they might be inclined to do that --- however, I do NOT trust attachments! They can infect your computer with a virus and you can have all sorts of problems! If you get this notice, delete it!

I even go to my trash icon on the desktop and delete it from there, too! (Paranoid, aren't I?)

Isn't it sad that this time of year brings out the worst in some people?

If you know of a scam - whether on the computer, or at your doorstep, or through the mail, please mention it here. The more the word gets out, the better protected we are! The Statesman has foiled at least one major scam through this website, when someone told about the "Travelers" group from Texas, who were working in this region. The information was forwarded on to the Stoddard County Sheriff, and it helped solve the case!

From the sunny streets of downtown Advance, this is your cautious rural reporter Madeline, wishing you all a SAFE Christmas!)

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I remember reading just recently about a lady from Bloomfield that was scammed by a phone call such as this and she sent a large amount of money but got suspicious and had the authorities stop payment.

Bunch-a-crooks, hard to trust anyone anymore, be real cautious.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 4:30 PM

MD, a good general rule of thumb is that it is a scam anytime you receive an email from anyone asking you for your user name and password to any account. For goodness sake!!! None of the website you have an account with need to know your info .... they already have it!!!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 8:17 PM

I got a letter and a check in the mail. It claimed that i was going to be secret shopping.(said i had signed up for it on the internet, which i knew i hadn't) I was to cash the check and take a large sum of money to western union and send it to a certain person. Then i was to secret shop Walmart with the remainder of the money.

-- Posted by johndeeregirl on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 10:52 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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