If You’re Getting These – Beware!

I received another one the other day (one of three or four I’ve gotten now).  An email with the subject: “Please update your contact information.” Apparently this is some type of service being used (in this case) by a client.

I’ve received other requests from other “services.” I continue to trash them all. I don’t care if I do recognize the person using the service. Here’s why …

The email states:

I am using Zoovy, Inc.’s contact management system to update my contacts.

Please take a few moments to verify your personal information. If something is not listed or is incorrect, please click on the URL below to update your information.

It then shows a little box with personal and business addresses, personal and business telephone numbers, including cell, a fax number and three email addresses.

On mine, only one of the email addresses is filled in. A link is included where I should go to fill in the rest of the information.

Okay – who the hell is Zoovey, Inc.? I went to the link to see.

At the indicated link, I found nothing but a form for you to fill in all that information. PLUS more that wasn’t in the email, such as company name, job title, mobile phone number, web address and IM address.

Nothing too sinister about any of that except there was nothing else! Nothing! Nada! Just the bloody form!

I removed everything but the domain name from the link and went to the home page. There, I found nothing but a login form and the word “Webmail.”

So, detective that I am, I checked the domain name in the whois database. Found it registered at GoDaddy and the only registrant information showing is FuseMail, LLC – NOT Zoovey, Inc.

So, who the hell is FuseMail, LLC?

Now we have two company names requesting contact information through a web site that hides all its own contact information! I’m sure in a big hurry to give them mine. (Not on your life!!)

For all I know, this could be a real service. But, how would I know? And, even if all the company information was available to me, why would I give mine to them?

I’m certainly not going to hand it over to some anonymous company that may be, for all I know, be gathering large lists and selling them to spammers, telemarketers, or any other pond scum.

Anyone who wants my contact information can find it on my web site.

Have you gotten any of these?  If so, BEWARE!  DO NOT fill these things out.  You are opening yourself up to nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E!



Another Phishing Scheme

Hopefully you have not succumbed to this phishing ploy to get you to click on a link and submit your information… but just in case you haven’t seen one of these, and get one… I wanted you to be aware that it is indeed another one of those fraudulent attempts to get your information.  Here is how the email goes… 


Good afternoon, unfortunately some processings have been cracked by hackers, so a new secure code to protect your data has been introduced by Visa. You should check your card balance and in case of suspicious transactions immediately contact your card issuing bank. If you don’t see any suspicious transactions, it doesn’t mean that the card is not lost and cannot be used. Probably, your card issuers have not updated information yet. That is why we strongly recommend you to visit our website and update your profile, otherwise we cannot guarantee stolen money repayment. Thank you for your attention. Click here and update your profile.

Notice, the “here” link is to “visaeur.com” not a true Visa site. 

Don’t Click that link!! DO NOT fall prey to junk like this.  Delete, and move on! Have a great day!


Gmail Notifier

For any of you who use GMail (I have a GMail account but have never used it 🙁 ) Google has come out with a notifier that you can download that will let you know when you have mail in your GMail account, without having to log on to Google to check, only to find that you have wasted your time…. “You have NO Mail.” 

Do you see a trend developing here folks with all these “notifiers” ?? 🙂

Here’s where you can grab the Google GMail Notifier (if you want it, or need it).




The Latest Spam email

A spam email with a virus-loaded attachment is being circulated on the internet. The spammer spoofed an EBAWebs.com address but we want to assure you this IS NOT coming from EBAWebs.com. Please see the sample email below.


—–Original Message—–
From: mail@ebawebs.com [mailto:mail@ebawebs.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:47 PM
To: sales@yourdomain.com
Subject: Your Account is Suspended For Security Reasons

Dear ebawebs.com Member,

Your e-mail account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited spam messages during the recent week. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and confirm the attached document so you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to cancel your membership.

Virtually yours,
The ebawebs.com Support Team

Please do not click on any link sent with the email above and do not open any attachment sent with that email.

Again, it DID NOT come from EBAWebs.com.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Best regards,