I have just recieved an e-mail suggesting that my computer has been scanned. It claims that there is illegal movies, MP3s and software on my computer. All my software is legal with authenticated licenses. There is an attachment with a *.xl3 extention. I have deleted this e-mail. Is this a e-mail scam or American intelligence at its best?
by your remark, least of all the American intelligence service which (despite the disparaging comment from elsewhere) is extremely good.
One point arising from Stuartli's good advice on Outlook Express and the preview pane:
Many people don't realise that having the preview pane turned on can result in an increase in the amount of spam they receive. Clever spammers put tiny invisible images into the html e-mails that they send, and these reference images that are stored on the spammer's web site. When you preview the e-mail, your e-mail program goes off to the site to get the image and the spammers know that your e-mail address is 'live'.