tip #53, September 30, 2003: How to determine if all those emails you are
getting from Microsoft and others are legitimate.
This all assumes you are using Outlook Express. There is no
equivalent procedure with AOL. Netscape is very similar to Outlook
Try this first: RIGHT click the suspect email while still in your Inbox you should see this pop up menu:
click "Reply to Sender" and you should see:
this case the virus writer has given himself an "alias" that
looks legit but if you position
your cursor over the alias and RIGHT click you will see another pop up
menu and another Properties. LEFT click Properties again and you should
the "Reply to" address (in this case someone at someplace called
confidence.ms.com), hardly a likely or legitimate Microsoft contact.
Delete this email and erase it from your Inbox and empty your Deleted
All this assumes that the virus author has not hacked a legitimate
site and added himself to their email addresses. I have
already received one asking for my bank card number and PIN that came from
citibank.com and the link-to address to provide that information was at
citibank.com. One wonders if any personal info at Citibank is
I guess the best advice is never give any information that is of financial
import to anyone soliciting you through the Internet. If it appears
legitimate, try going to their web site and thence to "Contact
Us" and see if you can confirm the validity 0f the request.
I once got a warning that my domain name registration was going to expire
from someone that I had never heard of before. I assumed it was a
scam and ignored the messages that kept coming for several weeks.
Suddenly I tried to access my web page and it was gone! The company
that I had never heard of had bought the company that had registered my
domain name (npgsystems.com). What's a body to do?