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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaver101 View Post
    Barrie Zwicker thought he had received an email from Bell Canada, his telecom provider, offering “an exclusive reward” for participating in a short survey.

    His reward was two skin creams, which cost him $6 in postage charges.....
    The reward cost him $6 in postage charges.

    Who in their right mind would pay for a reward?

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    ^ A "retired journalist"? Too bad he wasn't a lawyer where he could do something about it.
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    Here's a recent victim of ransomware. The article notes that firewalls and antivirus programs can't help you if you click on that email attachment
    http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/mobile/hel...otos-1.3213459

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyMyOpinion View Post
    Here's a recent victim of ransomware. The article notes that firewalls and antivirus programs can't help you if you click on that email attachment, especially the dotzip (.zip)files contained
    in that attachment.
    While it's tempting to open email attachments, ransomware and cybercrime is so prevalent these days that if you see an attachment or a link to click on in the email, you better think twice before clicking on it.

    BTW, currently, 1 Bitcoin equals $1163.71 Canadian Dollars
    3 bitcoins as the cybercrooks demanded from the Calgary PC user is $3491.13! not small change to say the least!

    Why do people still think they are safe from malware these days?

    YOU HAVE TO BACK UP ALL YOUR VALUABLE FILES..PHOTO FILES
    and personal files on your PC..
    ..if CryptoLocker gets into your system, it will be next to impossible to recover your files unless you either pay the ransom or backup your system from a previously saved file media
    such as the 8gb to 16gb USB memorys sticks. They are so cheap these days that ignorance is no excuse.

    If the ransomware prevents you from entering Windows or running programs, as lock-screen viruses typically do, you can try to use System Restore to roll Windows back in time.
    Doing so doesn’t affect your personal files, but it does return system files and programs to the state they were in at a certain time.
    The System Restore feature must be enabled beforehand; Windows enables it by default.
    and read this arrticle on ransomware viruses from PC World:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20840...ansomware.html

    If you still can’t find your data, and your files really have been malware-encrypted, you’re in trouble: Usually it isn’t possible to just decrypt or unlock your hostage files, because the decryption key is typically stored on the cybercriminal’s server.

    Some victimized users have reported that some pieces of malware will keep their promise, decrypting and returning your files once you pay (in particular, CryptoLocker’s handlers have been diligent about releasing the files of infected users who pay the ransom demand), but I don’t recommend paying.

    (CryptoLocker spreads via .zip files sent as email attachments, for example.)
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    Now that they have *discovered* this breach and have taken this step, not sure what it means for pcpoints collectors then,

    https://www.thestar.com/business/201...er-points.html
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    Got the email this morning as well.... Freaking hell.... Is nothing sacred any more?

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    ^ I'm still waiting for my email alert/notification??? Imagine for those who got their password re-set by pcplus now but don't get an email telling you what's the re-set password ... how the heck are they able to access their account???
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    No email yet. I tried the "forgot password" option as they say in the sign on screen notice, but it didn't do anything.

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    THREE MORE RECENT SCAMs.

    I got both. One by email from "CRA" (credit refund of $538..just click on provided linkd and send us details of
    your bank acct; etc.
    http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/scrty/frdprvntn/menu-eng.htm

    and the other two by text messages:
    "Your BMO bank account has been locked. Send us your information using this email>>>>>>>"
    "Your Scotia bank account has been locked. Send us your information to unlock your account"
    Smishing
    Scam artists have also found a way to send fraudulent messages to mobile phones. Smishing is similar to phishing, except that it is received via text message or SMS (Short Message Service).
    Keep in mind all the points mentioned above when speaking about phishing. The intention behind text message phishing is the same as regular email phishing and the content and tone of the message is very similar.
    http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,5806,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaver101 View Post
    ^ I'm still waiting for my email alert/notification??? Imagine for those who got their password re-set by pcplus now but don't get an email telling you what's the re-set password ... how the heck are they able to access their account???
    I got that too.Their server was hacked. So they had to reset all the pw to "null" to protect your PC points acct.
    Just log into the email (did you not get one?) and reset the pw on the link provided.
    it is a legit email in this case and select a strong new pw and verify again with the same pw.
    The old PW will NOT work.

    Email sent to me:
    In recent weeks, we have observed some unusual activity on select PC Plus accounts. Our investigation indicates that the PC Plus system has been the target of fraud, resulting in some members having their points stolen. We believe the principle cause is passwords exposed through third party websites or weak passwords.
    We take the security of your account and personal information very seriously. In order to better protect this information, we have reset your password. We need you to create a new, unique one, even if you did so recently, following these steps:
    - Click here by S*un*da*y*, Fe*b*ru*ar*y 2*6, 2*0*1*7 and follow the instructions to create a new password; OR
    - At any time, go to P*C*Pl*us*.*c*a and click the "sign in" option. Then follow the "forgot my password" link and directions to create a new password

    - NOTE: You cannot create a new password on the PC Plus app, and must follow the steps above on our website
    Please contact us immediately if you notice missing points or other unauthorized activity.
    Last edited by carverman; 2017-02-21 at 12:30 PM.

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