It has all come to a final resolution my faithful family& friends, Thank you for being so supportive. Please excuse my failing to deliver pt 2 as promised. I hit a brick wall last night and going any further was not possible. I needed a break. I am most grateful for your patience. Thank you.
So it would seem that Your own Lady Barefoot Baroness has been had!
My AOL account had in fact been hacked for phishing. This in a nutshell is what happened.
It seems that I exposed myself to this situation possibly by inadvertently clicking on a pop-up, although I do not recall doing this. I had been warned about 10 months ago by my tech guys to avoid this kind of surfing behavior. So I typically type the URL into the computer versus clicking on a link. I may have initially exposed myself to these not so nice hackers who get their kicks doing this, and I am assuming making some bucks off the deal. They are bottom feeders in our society.
I am safe again today after 3 days of dealing with AOL, and today even my state attorney general. I had promised, not threatened AOL this would be my next step if I had no immediate solution by just unblocking my email for me. It was as if my contact list which is all I really cared about was being held ransom on me. If you usually hear from me via email and have not this would be the reason, I could not recall your email address because I am depend on my laptop’s memory -not mine. If you have emailed me and have not heard back this would also be why.
So let me ask my dear friends, do you all know what phishing is? I thought I knew. This is the real positive out of this for me; something I can play the”Glad Game” with..I am glad that I was taught so much these last few days by some very intelligent and close friends who were concerned for my safety. Even my tech here in town, and my close friends were there when I needed them. Thank you!
From my good friends here in our home state I received a link yesterday morning that set the wheel spinning my way finally. I had something concrete to go other than just my word. After being so close to being called a liar on Tuesday by an alleged manager I was put on-notice it was going to be a fight.
This is what I received from these two wonderful friends:
AOL – AOL SECURITY NOTIFICATION
|September 29, 2012|
|User Service <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|AOL SECURITY NOTIFICATION|
Report Phishing Fraud:
|Email Methods:||Deceptive Subject Line|
|Forged Senders Address|
|Genuine Looking Content|
|Web Site Methods:||Genuine Looking Content|
|Form – Collection of Information|
|Incorrect URL, not disguised|
An Example of the Phishing Email is below:
An Example of the Phishing Website is below:
Is your Company Targeted with Phishing?
If your company has been targeted with a phishing attack, please refer to our business solutions: Anti-Phishing Solutions, where FraudWatch International provides Phishing Monitoring, Detection, Verification and Site Take Down Services .
Consumers: What to do?
If you receive an e-mail similar to this, do not respond and do not click on the link. By opening or viewing a preview of the email, or by clicking on the link within the email, your computer may have discretely downloaded a virus or spyware. View our Protection Page for detailed information on what you should do. If you do receive similar emails, or any email that you think may be fraudulent, please forward to FraudWatch International at: email@example.com
|Tips to Protect Yourself from phishing scams:|
|Never click on Hyperlinks within emails, instead, copy and paste them into your browser|
|Use SPAM Filter Software|
|Use Anti-Virus Software|
|Use a Personal Firewall|
|Keep Software Updated (operating systems and web browsers)|
|Always look for “https://” and padlock on web sites that require personal information|
|Keep your computer clean from Spyware|
|Educate Yourself of fraudulent activity on the Internet|
|Check & monitor your credit report|
|Seek Advice – if you are unsure, ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|For more detailed explanations on phishing and how to protect yourself visit: http://www.fraudwatchinternational.com/phishing-fraud/phishing-home/|
|Consumer Tour of Phishing Scams|
|Step 1. Methods used in phishing emails|
|Step 2. Methods used in phishing web sites|
|Step 3. How to protect Yourself from phishing scams|
|Step 4. How your personal information is used by the fraudsters|
|Step 5. Phishing scam index – comprehensive listing of phishing scams reported to usBriefly to explain my experience.When I contacted AOL’s Tech Support my trouble ticket was somehow intercepted by the hackers who were the ones who did the actual phoning on my cell (mobile) phone? (See Dave,& kynfla comments on Pt 1)It was the hackers who were all about taking that $400 from me. And at the time it felt like with AOL’s gracious agreement.All said I’d still like to know a few things. Questions I did not think fast enough on my feet for at the time with AOL.My questions consist of…
Even on Wednesday when I finally was in communication with the real AOL management & Tech they still had this trouble ticket open. So although this whole event was partially my own undoing it is AOL who are the professionals, or the ones I should be able to rely on. They should be but are not.
The moral to my experience and my story is that.. yes, I was far too trusting and believed what I was hearing. Question everything! When did I forget that this was my mantra at one time?
I wanted my technical issues handled so quickly & without any effort on my part I had little tolerance and patience. I also know that I have a lot yet to learn to be able to call myself a responsible person who uses the Internet. I will get there one day soon with a little help from my friends. ~
mea culpa for any concern & I thank you my dear friends & blogging family who saw me through this. You are who kept me sane. ~
Below are related articles (ping backs) regarding phishing. If you are in doubt that this is as serious issue than you can become more educated by just counting how many ping backs are listed for phishing. There were still another 6 or 9 ping backs I could have also cited but my point can be taken with the ones I did list.
Be proactive and teach yourself what I did not do. This is a… Do As I Say, Not As I Did.
- Phishing attacks jump 19pc as social networks spread – report (siliconrepublic.com)
- Bank of America Phishing Scam: Alert, Action Required (news.softpedia.com)
- This is [phishing] news?!? (blogs.securiteam.com)
- It’s Easy to Protect Yourself from the “Phishing” Net Ally Bank Works to Keep Your Money Secure (ally.com)
- New Twitter Phish is Selling Drama (gfi.com)
- Phishing: They Should Just Call It Catching (blogs.rsa.com)
- How does phishing work? (christianpf.com)