Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Day, Another Scam

Lately I've been getting e-mail messages that claim to be from Classmates.com, a social networking site that helps you contact your high school or college classmates. The senders are different, but they all say the same thing:

"With pride and joy we invite you to share a special day in our lives and join us for the Class Reunion on Friday, January 16th 2009. Bring the gang from Our High School back together again! Great party - from start to finish!"

I was suspicious of these right away because they don't mention a specific high school. Also, I graduated from high school in 1970. That's 39 years ago - not a typical reunion year. Finally, there's a link in these messages for more details that points to a video. It starts with "http://video.classmates.etc." This all adds up to bad news. Clicking this link could open your computer to a takeover. Never click a link in an e-mail message from a stranger. If you want to contact your high school friends, go to Classmates and set up an account.


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