Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Would you like some Quetchup with your Spam?

There is a new Spammer in town and his sentence should be death (as is appropriate for Spammers). Fightin Jay Lee got sucker punched by it as have others I know and have corresponded with, and, sadly I have as well for two of my three email addresses (I haven't checked the third yet, I probably have there as well).

Here is how the scam works. You get an "invite" from someone you know to have corresponded with before asking you to join this social networking site called "Quetchup" owned and operated by iDate Ltd. in the UK.

You go there and join and it asks you for your web email password so that it can check your contact list for people who have also joined, but it does one other thing, It also sends "invites" to EVERYONE on your contact list as well. It says so on the website in a small box up on the right hand side of the screen above the advertising banner ads in a normal typeface so as to not draw attention to itself. But of course if you aren't paying attention, then you don't see it. They claim they will never sell your info, but there is nothing in the privacy notice keeping them from using it themselves.

If you get such an invite, DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK! Just nuke it. You and your friends will be glad you did. I wish I had.....


Blogger Unknown said...

I try never to open spam, and certainly don't follow any links any more. I've been burned myself, and I quit using one of my email addresses because mostly all I get any more is spam. Thanks for the heads-up!

September 05, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Yup.. I just got burned on that deal too..grrr.. makes me so mad!

September 06, 2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger The Dude said...

Ay carumba! I just got one in my gmail account with the name of this blog referenced. Thanks for the heads up, Ror. Hope all is well with you and yours.

September 07, 2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger TxGoodie said...

I got two today from YOU, my sweet!

It's an evil thing they do. Death is too good for them! Let's go back to lots and lots of public humiliation!

Hang in there, pal!

September 07, 2007 9:37 AM  

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