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Eddie Famous

Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

Since last post: 845 days
Last activity: 386 days
#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.24

Got this in e-mail today:

Dear Amazon member,

We regret to inform you that your Amazon account was been suspended for a period of 3-4 days,after that it will be terminated.
During our regularly schedule account maintenance and verification we have detected a slight error in your billing information on file with Amazon.
This might be due to either following reasons:

- A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address)
- Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
- An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due an internal error within processors.

Please sign in to your Amazon account and update your billing information:

(link was here)

If your account information is not update, your account on Amazon will be terminated.

Thank you for your time!
Amazon Security Departament

I don't HAVE an Amazon account. Amazing.

Edited to take out link.

(edited by Eddie Famous on 6.12.05 1532)

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Since: 25.2.04
From: Keystone State

Since last post: 4026 days
Last activity: 242 days
#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.84
Yup, I got one of those today, and a paypal one yesterday, and both an Omega Bank one and some other bank. Of course, thousands of people get them a day, so there's gotta be one or two people that actually believe them.

EDIT: I've seen a huge upswing in the getting of these emails lately (like the past two weeks or so). I can only surmise the holiday season brings out the scammers. Or my email is just randomly selected.

(edited by Roy. on 6.12.05 1839)
Deputy Marshall

Since: 28.6.04
From: Troy, NY

Since last post: 1676 days
Last activity: 1197 days
#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
Same here, as if I didn't have enough of a reason to groan first thing in the morning at work. I got one a few weeks ago too, saying that the Savings Account Access on my Visa Debit card was going to be blocked. Didn't fall for that one either. That attempt was a little more comical, though, as it clearly showed at least six other people that the message was being sent to in the "To:" line.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 6.12.05 1845)

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be fabulous.

Since: 2.1.02
From: Seattle, WA

Since last post: 1209 days
Last activity: 787 days
#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.59
I've been getting those more lately, too. My two favorites:

Subject: Your_IP_was_logged
Date: December 3, 2005 7:35:09 AM PST
To: ThisAccount@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(<-- my actual work's domain name but "ThisAccount")

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison

++++ Central Intelligence Agency -CIA-
++++ Office of Public Affairs
++++ Washington, D.C. 20505

++++ phone: (703) 482-0623
++++ 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., US Eastern time?

And the EVEN more clever:

From: (<-- my actual work's domain name)
Subject: E-mail account disabling warning.
Date: December 5, 2005 11:21:08 AM PST
(<-- my actual work e-mail address)

??Dear user, the management of
[domain name's] mailing system wants to let you know that,

Our antivirus software has detected a large ammount of viruses outgoing
from your email account, you may use our free anti-virus tool to clean up
your computer software.

For further details see the attach.

Kind regards,
[domain name's] team [my company's web address]

The SAD thing is I fully expect the computer-illiterate president of the company to fall for one of these and kill the network. Thankfully I've got Macs.

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Some new quotes in your sig.
Yeah, I said it."
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Big Brother

Since: 9.12.01
From: ミネアポリス

Since last post: 12 days
Last activity: 4 days
#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.26
Those last two are viruses, if I recall...

DJ FrostyFreeze

Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

Since last post: 50 days
Last activity: 10 days
#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.84

    Originally posted by JayJayDean's SPAM
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

    Please answer our questions!
    The list of questions are attached.
My boss & I (There are only 2 of us in the office) received about 20 of those each a couple weeks ago, and each one came from a different addy.

Guru Zim
SQL Dejection

Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

Since last post: 72 days
Last activity: 37 days
#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
That's from a virus.

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This is what I would suggest as well, not only for this specific case, but also for the long term. You can use a USB hard drive to easily backup all of your important files on a regular basis.
- samoflange, Two questions (2005)
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