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Old 02-01-18, 14:36
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Just received an email purporting to come from Libby Barr at BT saying that my credit card details for my BT Internet service need to be updated.
The email showed that it has been sent to other BT accounts all beginning with the same first name (dozens of them).
I did not click on the link provided, but forwarded the email to the real Libby Barr address and await her comments.
Has anyone else received a similar email?
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Old 02-01-18, 21:21
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Although BT isn't my ISP any more, I still have a paid-for email account with them. I haven't received an email like that so far, but I'll look out for one. I don't use a credit card though, the money goes from my current account via monthly direct debit.
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Old 03-01-18, 09:32
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BT has confirmed that it is a phishing email.
I wonder where the sender managed to get all the names of BT Broadband customers?
All the recipients had the first name "jim".
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All the recipients had the first name "jim".
I probably won't get one then, or if I do I'll be sure it's not for me!
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Old 04-01-18, 10:39
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Perhaps the sender has a list of all BT accounts and has only got as far as "jim" - if he is sending messages in alphabetical order who knows when yours will arrive?
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if he is sending messages in alphabetical order who knows when yours will arrive?
If that's what he's doing, he will already have gone past my BT email address!
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Old 23-01-18, 13:47
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I get something similar occasionally, perhaps three or four times a year, so they don't bother me.

The BT logo is usually too big, and the message nearly always shows poor spelling and/or grammar.

Another indicator that it isn't genuine is that it always comes to a secondary account, never the main one, as it would if it really was from BT.

I know where the scammer finds my address though. Once or twice I've given it in the comments section of a particular blog, so that other users (trusted friends) can contact me directly.

The way I post it (and this is not a real address) is as follows.

My e-mail is

notjoebloggs

and my ISP is

btinternet.com

Humans (or subhumans in the case of the scammer) know how to assemble that by joining the two parts with an @ symbol in the middle, but spambots don't recognise it, hence only three or four scam messages per year.

If anyone here needs to do that (not here at WU, use a PM instead), never give your main address on an open blog. Using a secondary address makes it easier to recognise spam when it arrives.

I know this particular blog's owner pretty well, and he doesn't mind me retaliating by posting the scammer's e-mail in his comments section in a way the spambots will pick up on, so the scammer gets more than he anticipated.
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Old 23-01-18, 13:50
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One other point. If I get an e-mail from another BT account, BT marks it as spam. No idea why they do that.
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Old 23-01-18, 22:59
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If I get an e-mail from another BT account, BT marks it as spam.
Very odd, I havenít had that happen so far. I rarely get any kind of spam on my BT account anyway. I donít usually give out my email address anywhere.
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I've got another fake "BT" e-mail today. It shows my "account number" ending in 327 (which my real number doesn't, and BT would show the last four digits).

This one's got a total of 14 links, which is unusual. I won't post them here in their entirety in case anyone clicks them by mistake, but ten of them point to something beginning

ow.ly/
two to
e-liblis.com/
and the remaining two to
animusic.ca/

None of those goes to BT. I don't know where they'd take me, but I don't care. All I need to know is that they're malicious.

Be aware. NEVER click on a link in an e-mail without first checking where it goes. Better still, never click on a link in an e-mail.

If you get an e-mail that seems to be from your bank, ignore any links and log on in the usual way. If they really have got a message for you, that's where it will be.
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