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Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:13:42 +0000
> Taser Company Ignored SEC Emails Because They Were In a Spam Folder
I use Yahoo! e-mail with POP3/SMTP and a mail application, with no spam
filter as I only receive a few messages each day, so easy to filter
manually; I often go for days without receiving any 'proper' messages, and
as another poster here once said, at least the spam gives confidence that
the system is working OK. Early this year I suddenly stopped getting any
messages at all, which worried me, so I tried the web access and found that
there is now a spam folder, while 'proper' messages still get through as
usual. There doesn't seem to be an option for 'download ALL messages', so I
have to periodically use the web access (quite a rigmarole, especially if
2-factor authentication is requested), with the problems described above.
(One reason for using a mail application is that I read incoming messages off-line, thus senders don't get an indication that they've been read, as well as reducing the chances of downloading something nasty.) Ironically, I had very few spam messages until I started posting to RISKS, which is the only place where my e-mail address is (intentionally) shown in public...
> Hackers prey on home buyers, with hundreds of millions of dollars at
> stake (WashPo)
Reportedly this is becoming a problem in the UK -- fraudulently getting
people to pay into the wrong account, typically when houses change hands.
Just before the transaction is completed, a fraudster manages to send an e-mail purportedly from the seller to the buyer or the solicitor handling the sale, notifying a (fictitious) change of the seller's bank details. The money is sent off, then later it's not appeared in the seller's account, and on checking with the bank, it's found to have gone to the fraudster's account which has since been emptied and closed -- this is known as "Friday afternoon fraud", because house sales are usually completed on a Friday, and banks' anti-fraud departments are closed over the weekend so it's well into next week before an investigation gets under way, by which time the fraudster has well and truly gone. (Obviously it can happen whenever large payments are made on a one-off basis; for instance, when building work has been done, a fraudster notifies the customer of a fake change of the builder's bank details so the bill payment is made to the fraudster.) The banks are blamed for this but respond that they're only acting on customers' instructions.
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