Fraud Email which seems to know my occupation...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CCC-SWEETS, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. CCC-SWEETS macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I think I need help... Yesterday, I received an email that seems very similar to emails I've been getting but usually goes right to junk box. The email came to my INBOX yesterday. And the reason is probably because it had a lot of words that I use. For example, if my occupation is graphic designer, the email was about "you have won a graphic design competition and will be awarded with $150000. please contact me asap", etc. The content itself is same as usual but this time it seems to know about my occupation and had lots of words related to me, so it was considered NOT junk and came to inbox.

    And I received another email today, talking about "you have won a right to be on a book by an internationally well-known graphic design company, click here to find out more". I searched the link and it's viagra website.

    Now, my question is what is the best virus protection software for this kind of things? Could they even give me virus? The email I received today didn't even have any link nor attachment, just talking about you have won graphic design awards, etc. What is the purpose for doing this to me???

    Earlier today, my cursor moved by itself when I'm not touching it at all. I did Software Update and it seemed to stop, but I was scared if it was related to the emails I've been getting since yesterday... Any help please? Thank you!
     
  2. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

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    Do you use Facebook or other social media? Job hunting sites?

    It may simply be coincidence of course.
     
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    Just junk mail your filter is not catching don't be worried,
     
  4. jrs22 macrumors 6502

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    I got a few targeted spam emails like that which didn't get filtered out as junk because the sender falsely appeared to be from a software support forum. I figured out that my username on the website was the same as the email address, so all someone needed to do was try username@gmail.com, username@yahoo.com, etc. I quickly changd my username, and I'm checking out all my other forum usernames and that stopped the junk mail.
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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  6. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    The best protection would be not to click on the links contained in them. Common sense in other words.
     

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