06-01-2017, 06:39 AM
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This morning I received an email that appeared to be a “PHISHING” document.  It was sent from Stan Hickman from Above The Tie.  It said that Stan wanted me to follow him on Linked in.  There was a rather large blue button that obviously wanted me to press it.  It said “Do you know Stan Hickman”?  If I am right and it was PHISHING it could have deposited a software program that could collect my personal information or to put Malware on my computer.  If anyone receives this email use caution.  I tried calling Stan at ATT this morning but he does not post his phone number.  I wanted to ask him if he was aware of this however, nobody wants to talk to customers anymore.  I am also sending this to him.  It is better to side on caution until he can clear this up this issue.

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 06-01-2017, 06:45 AM
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Have you ordered from Stan before and used that email?

I don't know about your particular email, but LinkedIn routinely sends out those types of emails to connect as many members as possible. However, it's always best to be cautious if you're not sure of what you're dealing with.

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 06-01-2017, 06:50 AM
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Email is an intrinsically insecure communicationsmedium. Apart from the fact that the contents are no more shielded from prying eyes than those of an envelope-less postcard (uness encrypted) you can fill in anybodies name in the "From:"-field. The mail you received could have come from anywhere, and can be sent by anyone. These spam- and phishing mails are sent automatically, with random "From:"addresses filled in.

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 06-01-2017, 07:03 AM
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Ricardo is right, Linked In does this, and it's spammy.  However, because Linked In does this, it may be a more malicious agent faking Linked In to do something bad.  Another reason why I'm not a huge fan of Linked In.

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 06-01-2017, 07:10 AM
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(06-01-2017, 06:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Have you ordered from Stan before and used that email?

I don't know about your particular email, but LinkedIn routinely sends out those types of emails to connect as many members as possible. However, it's always best to be cautious if you're not sure of what you're dealing with.

I purchased an ATT 5 piece set.  However I purchased it from Phil at Bullgoose.  I may have written Stan but it was at least two years ago and I am not a member on Linked in and I did not see Linked in on Stan's website this morning

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 06-01-2017, 07:18 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(06-01-2017, 07:03 AM)surfshaver Wrote: Ricardo is right, Linked In does this, and it's spammy.  However, because Linked In does this, it may be a more malicious agent faking Linked In to do something bad.  Another reason why I'm not a huge fan of Linked In.

Agreed. I get several linked-in emails a week and always ignore them.

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 06-01-2017, 07:27 AM
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Stan is indeed a member on LinkedIn (I just checked). However, if you're not a member the email is likely spam.

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 06-01-2017, 07:32 AM
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(06-01-2017, 07:27 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Stan is indeed a member on LinkedIn (I just checked). However, if you're not a member the email is likely spam.

You are right about Stan.  I did not see the Linked in on his site at first, but I am not.

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 06-01-2017, 07:34 AM
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You can simply hover your cursor over the link and see what it is linked to and if it is actually "LinkedIn" then it's your choice whether you wish to follow him there.  As far as business phones or any phones for that matter, nearly 100% of my incoming calls are SPAM so I can understand why people don't answer their phones.

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 06-01-2017, 07:48 AM
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Thanks for the "heads-up".

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 06-01-2017, 07:49 AM
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I got the email as well and I'm not even on LinkedIn.....

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 06-01-2017, 07:49 AM
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Stan Hickam (correct spelling) is a member of LinkedIn and I just sent him an invitation to "link up"!

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 06-01-2017, 07:51 AM
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(06-01-2017, 07:34 AM)MilfordNJGuy Wrote: You can simply hover your cursor over the link and see what it is linked to and if it is actually "LinkedIn" then it's your choice whether you wish to follow him there.  As far as business phones or any phones for that matter, nearly 100% of my incoming calls are SPAM so I can understand why people don't answer their phones.

+1 It seems to have gotten much worse over the past few months. I get at least 12 spam phone calls a day.

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 06-01-2017, 08:48 AM
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If spam calls and it's on you cell phone, down load the app called "Mr. Number". I k ow it's on Google play, not sure about iPhone.

 If you get a spam call you can flag it and in the future your phone will immediately ignore it. You can even leave notes for other users stating its spam, etc. Works great! I may only get 1 a week now. Can also block text messages and calls from others.

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 06-01-2017, 10:34 AM
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(06-01-2017, 08:48 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: If spam calls and it's on you cell phone, down load the app called "Mr. Number". I k ow it's on Google play, not sure about iPhone.

 If you get a spam call you can flag it and in the future your phone will immediately ignore it. You can even leave notes for other users stating its spam, etc. Works great! I may only get 1 a week now. Can also block text messages and calls from others.

I'll give it a try. The cell is registered as a "Business Phone" so it may not work (I cannot register the number on the do not call list).

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 06-01-2017, 10:41 AM
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(06-01-2017, 10:34 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-01-2017, 08:48 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: If spam calls and it's on you cell phone, down load the app called "Mr. Number". I k ow it's on Google play, not sure about iPhone.

 If you get a spam call you can flag it and in the future your phone will immediately ignore it. You can even leave notes for other users stating its spam, etc. Works great! I may only get 1 a week now. Can also block text messages and calls from others.

I'll give it a try. The cell is registered as a "Business Phone" so it may not work (I cannot register the number on the do not call list).

That makes me suspicious.

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 06-01-2017, 10:43 AM
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What makes you suspicious? Huh

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 06-01-2017, 11:03 AM
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(06-01-2017, 10:43 AM)bullgoose Wrote: What makes you suspicious? Huh

The fact that the sender may not be associates with Linked in and they call can not be blocked.

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 06-01-2017, 11:09 AM
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(06-01-2017, 11:03 AM)Tidepool Wrote:
(06-01-2017, 10:43 AM)bullgoose Wrote: What makes you suspicious? Huh

The fact that the sender may not be associates with Linked in and they call can not be blocked.
 Totally unrelated

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 06-01-2017, 02:23 PM
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(06-01-2017, 10:34 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-01-2017, 08:48 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: If spam calls and it's on you cell phone, down load the app called "Mr. Number". I k ow it's on Google play, not sure about iPhone.

 If you get a spam call you can flag it and in the future your phone will immediately ignore it. You can even leave notes for other users stating its spam, etc. Works great! I may only get 1 a week now. Can also block text messages and calls from others.

I'll give it a try. The cell is registered as a "Business Phone" so it may not work (I cannot register the number on the do not call list).

Does not matter if it's a business phone. Just has to be a cell. The app does not know the difference. Good thing is if I get a call and mark it as spam and then you get the call from that number it will automatically notify you that it's spam. If you have someone that calls or texts you regularly it will let you know the last time they did. You can set up different ways to suit you. Also.. It's a free app!

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