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Too much chirping? We hear you!

Too much chirping? We hear you! This is how to unsubscribe from twitter e-mail updates. When you get an email from twitter look in the footer for something like this: If you’d rather not receive Twitter product or service updates, you can unsubscribe immediately. Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. This message is a service email related to your use of Twitter. For general inquiries or to request support with your Twitter account, please visit us at Twitter Support. If you received this message in error and did not sign up for a Twitter account, click not my account. You can click the link for “unsubscribe immediately”: Twitter will no longer send resurrection email notifications. « Twitter homeChanged by mistake? Edit your notification settings

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Spam: College Collaborative Networks

I got the following spam message below for the “College Collaborative Networks” which looks like a really shady scam and attempt at targeting people who sign up with junk mail. The domain referenced in the e-mail is ccnets.org but the one that loads in the browser is actually weavespace.com. The unsubscribe e-mail address, which I would not recommend e-mailing, is of the domain wikinets.org. I would recommend marking this unsolicited e-mail as spam and deleting it. Leave note below if you received a similar e-mail. Dear University Users, The College Collaborative Networks at http://www.ccnets.org is now open for sign up While a social network is for sharing of personal news and events, a college collaborative network is for sharing of resources (including data, knowledge and tools) among its members (faculty, staff, students and alumni). In the simplest case members can collaborate to create a comprehensive repository of resources. As specific needs arise further collaborations among individual members can spin off more collaborative networks. With a free membership you are entitled to share, and contribute, resources in the network, and connect to other networks including various knowledge collaborative networks across campuses. You are also entitled to create your own collaborative networks of any kind so others can join. We look forward to your participation! Sincerely, Jeff Kitson [email protected] College Collaborative Networks We apologize if you recevive multiple copies of this message; to unscubscribe please mailto:[email protected]

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Yesterday I received an e-mail inviting me to join THRYLL.COM promising “THRYLL.COM is a Members-Only community offering top apparel and gear from the most Extreme Action Sports brands at up to 70% off” and was a little worried. It reminded me a lot of getting an e-mail from an unknown company called ShoppyBag where someone had tagged a photo of me and which required me to log in before seeing the photo, after which you entered your contact or email information and all of your friends were invited in the same way, and never actually being able to log in. So this is what I thought Thryll.com was at first glance. I created this blog entry to talk about the laundry list of things that Thryll.com was doing wrong which made me think they were sketchy. So, below is the list of reasons that I had marked them off as a scam, however, the company does look to be actively engaged in remedying these problems (see their comments below – they e-mailed me with much of the same info) and I have to give them credit for trying to fix these things, even though they are not all fixed yet, they are working on it. So I have not logged in and ordered anything from them, but I encourage people who have to post comments below talking about their experience. So, here is the list of problems with Thryll.com that I found on 10-18-2011: (fixed) Absolutely no information or contact … Continue reading

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You may get an email from ELIXIO – like the one below. Don’t reply to the e-mail. Just mark it as SPAM. Leave a comment below if you, too, are a target of this unsolicited e-mail. ELIXIO is a scam, and here are the reasons you should not trust Elixio: The host that “elixio.net” is on is a $10/month shared web host. Can’t be that big a social network. Elixio does not use SSL for signups / sign in Their e-mails do not use a certified mailer such a constant contact or vertical response. They don’t have a trusted opt-out link. If you do sign up they only allow an alphanumeric password – no symbols? This is poor programming and a lack concern of security. You have been invited to apply for ELIXIO membership. ELIXIO is a private, exclusive and invitation-only online community, social events and information exchange network. ELIXIO members are influential leaders in the financial, fashion and luxury industries as well as academic and social leaders. To join, please enter your invitation code using the link below. BELOW IS YOUR INVITATION CODE WE HAVE SENT IN OUR PREVIOUS EMAIL: invitation code: 1yduebe To complete your membership application please follow the link below to our membership application form. http://www.elixio.net/signup.php Sincerely, ELIXIO Membership Team NYC/Miami/Boston/Los Angeles/London/Paris/Milan/Dubai If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. ELIXIO Screenshots If you do sign up for ELIXIO you’ll experience the following screens. … Continue reading

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Wayne Johnson Scam / 206-337-3198

It seems Wayne Johnson (and now Thomas Lambert) are sending scam messages. Message Example 1: Good day, we require to know if you can supply some cabinetry for us.We’ll like to know the types and dimensions of cabinetry that you do have in your outfit so that we can make a choice,and also advise if you accept credit card as a form of payment,wish you all the best in business and we’ll be looking forward on hearing from you soon. best regards Wayne Johnson Message Example 2 Reported here via Laura Thomas. Laura says: I have gotten quite a few emails from this person. The phone numbers are bogus, and I am pretty sure that he has been wasting my time for a week trying to get some kind of information from me. From: wayne johnson [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:59 PM To: ALM Fine Cabinetry Subject: Re: product info Sounds good.I will like you to use the details below and prepare a formal quote for us so that we can proceed further : New Mission Foundation Center (newly established) 1006 Meadowlane Dr. Sturgis,MI,49091 P : 248-562-8725 F : 206-337-3198 Wayne Johnson 620 S Amos Ave Springfield, IL 62704 P : 626-692-8364 We’re working on a commercial project,these units are going to be shipped to one of our newly established project branch located in Singapore and we’ll be recommending you with a freight company to come and pick the units at your location.What lead time are we looking … Continue reading

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Fix “pakcyberarmy.net” Website Hack

If you are seeing this code, your website has been hacked: ~ Call 911 y0u g0t Hacked by Pak Cyber Army ~ <=Shak=> ~ If your website has been hacked and the pakcyberarmy.net spam is showing up, this is how you can fix it: This exploit usually only affects the root index file, perhaps that is index.html or index.php. Restore this file to a saved, earlier version, or rename it to something like index.txt or index.bak if you need to start from scratch. You may also want to look at the file-modification time to see when the file was last modified to get some idea of when the attack occurred. You should check the server logs and look for suspicious FTP activity, or unusually HTTP requests, especially ones with GET parameters or POST data. You should also check your .htaccess file for rewrite rules which will be redirecting visitors. If you have shell access run this command to see all files changes within the last 24 hours: find ~ -mtime -24 You can change ~ to ~/www or the path to your web root as needed.

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Mrs.Turner Clarissa Ann

Got a spam e-mail from Mrs.Turner Clarissa Ann / Joe Crowley. Below is what the message said. Did you get one too? Leave a note in the comments below! :) Good day, I am Mrs.Turner Clarissa Ann. I have an Offer that you will help me to handle and it will benefit you now and in the future. If you are interested, kindly respond via mail: ([email protected]) to enable me forward you further information. Regards. Mrs.Turner Clarissa Ann

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Summer Avery – Craigslist Spam

Just wanted to let you know that Summer Avery also appears to be spamming Craigs list. Here is the message I received today: Hello. i came accross you’re add on Craigslist, i was just wondering if you’d be interested in a way to work at home? With the new year, a lot of people’s resolutions were to get a job… let me know if you’re lookin for a job and you are a serious worker. Don’t reply to this nonsense! These spammers / bots are looking to harvest e-mail addresses or attempt fraudulent transactions. Did you get a similar message? Please, leave a note below :)

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Cliff Halliday ([email protected]) & similar craigslist spam

There is a new bot on Craigslist today mass mailing people. If you get any messages, especially from your Craig’s List posting, from a Cliff Halliday with an e-mail address of [email protected], then it’s spam, so delete it :) Here are some other names and e-mail addresses I believe are being used for spam on Craigs List: [email protected] (thanks ktina!) Shannon Popp – [email protected] Chris Bolcato – [email protected] Update (12/30) – There seems to be some new spam regarding Cliff Halliday and something to do with the “CEO” of Craigslist – this is also spam! Hope this helps. Please tell others about your spam message in the comments to help identify these threats / annoyances :)

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Craigslist hi there/howdy/hello e-mail

There appears to be a new SPAM robot attacking craigs list ads. The messages are coming from hotmail. I got two from these addresses: erosat vireyte <[email protected]> eybelo inatsceal <[email protected]> The messages just have the text “howdy” and ‘hi t”h:ere’ It seems like as long as you don’t reply to these messages there is no big threat from on going spam as they only have a temporary e-mail alias from the ad.

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