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Medard
I received today a 'PayPal Phishing' message
It was somehow crude, but the news is that it was written in French
(no wonder, I'm living in France ;-))
And the return address stems from Marocco ;->

<[hidden email]>

The question: I don't know how to report that to MobileMe...

TIA, Medard
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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

George Wade
On 02/10/2011 02:46, Medard wrote:

> I received today a 'PayPal Phishing' message
> It was somehow crude, but the news is that it was written in French
> (no wonder, I'm living in France ;-))
> And the return address stems from Marocco ;->
>
> <[hidden email]>
>
> The question: I don't know how to report that to MobileMe...
>
> TIA, Medard


I would report the phishing to PayPal first.
https://cms.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=security/online_security_center

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Related Links
Report a problem...

And more topics below. Do it fast and think later...
You didn't bite the phish — you should be OK ?

George
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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

Medard
George Wade <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I would report the phishing to PayPal first.

seems to be more logical ;-)

but it shows that the MobileMe account is prone to spam...
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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

George Wade
On 02/10/2011 08:55, Medard wrote:
> George Wade<[hidden email]>  wrote:
>
>> I would report the phishing to PayPal first.
> seems to be more logical ;-)
>
> but it shows that the MobileMe account is prone to spam...
>
YES:  do both if you can.  AND change your PayPal password, too.  Just
for good luck.  I'll change mine to keep you company...;~)
G.
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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

Al Varnell
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On 10/2/11 2:46 AM, "Medard" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I received today a 'PayPal Phishing' message
> ...
> The question: I don't know how to report that to MobileMe...
>
Forward it as an attachment to <[hidden email]>, but in all honesty I don't
think they care much or can do much about it.

Some who can are:
FTC <[hidden email]>
APWG <[hidden email]>
CERT Phishing <[hidden email]>
Internet Crime Complaint Center <http://www.IC3.gov/>

In addition to PayPal which has already been mentioned.

I also use <http://www.spamcop.net/> for all spam.


-Al-
 
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Mountain View, CA



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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

George Wade
On 02/10/2011 12:56, Al Varnell wrote:
> On 10/2/11 2:46 AM, "Medard"<[hidden email]>  wrote:
>> I received today a 'PayPal Phishing' message ... The question: I don't know how to report that to MobileMe...
> Forward it as an attachment to<[hidden email]>, but in all honesty I don't think they care much or can do much about it.
>
> Some who can are: .....
>
> I also use<http://www.spamcop.net/>  for all spam.
>
> -Al-
If enough people, combined with the importance of the 'Phish', note the
event:  it will get acted upon.  They are too busy to send a 'Thank you
picture post card,'  of course.  Its rather like voting for 'Lawmakers
Vs Lawbreakers:'  if you don't vote the wrong people get into power. In
neither case do they send you flowers nor boxes of chocolate; attend
your wedding or funeral...;~)
G.
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Re: How to report a Phishing attempt on a MobileMe account?

Rodney

On Oct 2, 2011, at 10:50 PM, George Wade wrote:

> If enough people, combined with the importance of the 'Phish', note the
> event:  it will get acted upon.

Yes, for some value of “acted upon”...

SpamCop, by default, just uses the report to improve their own spam filters the last time I looked at them quite a while ago.  They gave me the option of reporting the spam, but they recommended against using it.  They said that although they do try to remove all identifiable information from the report, it is possible that they miss some things, and some spammers have been known to take vengeance on complainers.  I always manually went through the SMTP headers before I sent a report.

I report any kind of phishing spam that makes it through the spam filters.  I assume that if Google already knows about it and blocks it, then my report would be redundant.  However, if the spam makes it through the filters, then I assume that a report could be helpful.

I’m glad to note that my spam has dropped maybe 90% over the past year, and 99.999% of what’s left gets caught by the filters.  The spammers are switching to other things such as phishing.  I now get a lot of “Twitter spam” these days; I get messages that some young woman is following me, and when I look at her profile there’s always a link to a porn site.  I report all of these to Twitter.

One spam fighting service that did make a difference, at least for a while, was BlueFrog:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Frog

What they essentially did was to automate the “opt-out” request that is legal under CAN-SPAM, and this was successful enough for the spammers to declare war on then.

However, there were two problems with their approach.   First, as the article explained, it was possible for spammers to find the email addresses of those on their lists who were BlueFrog users, and to retaliate against them.

Second, spammers could use BlueFrog as a DDOS of their own to extort money from innocent ISPs.  They’d do this by telling the ISP that the ISP would be branded a spammer and brought down if they didn’t pay off the spammers.  If the ISP didn’t pay up, the spammers would send spam that was supposedly from the innocent ISP.   If the BlueFrog moderators didn’t do their jobs, then the poor ISP would be flooded with hundreds of thousands of “opt-out” messages.  Even if BlueFrog did do a good job of spotting the problem, angry users still complained directly to the sites.  I think that several Russian sites experienced this.

Rodney
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