[Market-farming] odd emails from pech9

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Wed Jun 1 11:00:01 EDT 2011

On Jun 1, 2011, at 9:43 AM, McCormick, Rebecca (Genworth) wrote:

> I am fortunate that I work for a large CO. and I receive my emails  
> at work so the antivirus spy ware caught it. I hope the warning went  
> out in time for everyone!

In general, people need to be cautious of suspicious emails. People  
who are paying any attention, and who are used to being online,  
shouldn't have clicked on those links even without a warning. We  
probably have people on the list who are only recently online,  
however, so:

Emails with links with no text (or with text that's not sensible, or  
is extremely vague, or is not characteristic of the person they claim  
to be from) are suspicious. Emails to apparently unrelated groups of  
people are suspicious. Emails with no coherent subject (or with some  
specific subjects) are suspicious. Unexpected attachments are  
suspicious. Some suffixes on attachments are suspicious -- I'm not an  
expert on which ones. Entirely legitimate emails may show any one of  
those signs; the ones under discussion showed three. Only one of them  
was visible without opening the email, and people occasionally post  
legitimately to the list and forget to include a subject; however, I  
don't think any problem was caused just by opening the email, only,  
probably, if one then clicked on the link.

In general, if there's no sensible text included, and/or if any of the  
other signs of problems are present, I won't click on a link, or open  
an attachment, unless I've first asked the person who posted whether  
they actually sent it -- and not by replying to that email, but by  
emailing them at a known address, or calling them on the phone if it  
looks as if their email address may have been hijacked.

In case of doubt: don't open it (that is, either don't open the email;  
or, if you've already done that, don't click on the link or attachment.

Note: pech posted to one of the lists that pech is aware of the  
problem and trying to fix it.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

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