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I think I've written before about how I generally don't like shouting with the noted exceptions of being warned that water is boiling over a pot and our soon-to-be 3-year-old is contemplating throwing spaghetti at her older brother and sister.

My dad is fond of saying that you're a lot happier in life if you associate with people who speak in commas and question marks rather than those who speak in periods and exclamation points. The world these days feels like there's too much of a focus on the latter.

So, when I received today's Spam Report from Karen Z., I thought it a nice way of thanking my dad for his wise counsel through the year and imparting some tips to those of you who follow this blog.

What you see below is a classic phishing scam and it entails something nearly all of us use these days, that being email. The message below ostensibly comes from the "Yahoo Help-Desk," but it could just as easily read Google or Hotmail or any number of email providers. Any could be spoofed as we see in the note to Karen below.

Here are a couple questions to ask if you get an email like this. If you're such a "Valued User," why aren't they addressing you by name. They have your name. It's on your account.

What is your internet provider's policy on opening and closing accounts? Go to that provider's website to find out. Chances are, if you've used the account within the last few months, your account will not be closed.

Why would you need to download anything when, in theory, you should be able to go to the site and log on there, right? Downloading anything from a sender you don't know or haven't verified first is an invitation to trouble. If you give them your password, they'll have access to your personal information that you gave when you first signed up. That warrants a period after the following sentence: That would be bad.

Thanks Karen for sending this in and just hit delete.

Take care.

Adam

Yahoo Help-Desk <help-desk@yahoo.com

Dear Valued User,

This Email is from Yahoo Service Help-desk. We are having congestion due to the anonymous registration of Yahoo! accounts so we are shutting down some Yahoo! accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account.

Download Yahoo Mail for Desktop attachment above and login with your Email and password to activate on your Desktop or your account may be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

After following the instructions, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Yahoo! Mail
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