Attempt ransomware from apparently my own e mail

  john bunyan 16:48 25 Oct 2018

I am slowly changing from a Talk Talk POP e mail to Outlook IMAP. To avoid spam with TT etc, I log in initially to TT not via my PC / Office Outlook but via their business e mail website. Here, I have, over the years, blacklisted many attempts with spam etc, and have deleted them on the web without downloading to my PC. In the past I have received the odd e mail apparently from myself. In the last week I have seen and backlisted and deleted 3 more from "me" stating that a trojan has been put on and requesting payment in bitcoin to avoid friends etc being sent copies of the "mucky" sites I visit! I am 99% sure this is the usual attempt to con one, and would report it if I knew how, without wanting to download the offending e mail onto my PC. I would be grateful for advice from TT folk as to how to forward such things if I get more. At 81 my friends would congratulate me if they saw a picture of me doing what the sender suggests!

  john bunyan 17:02 25 Oct 2018

PS I use MBAM Premium and Defender. No problems with scans, nor with ADWCleaner.

  john bunyan 07:52 26 Oct 2018

Any views? I’ll change my TT password

  Forum Editor 08:52 26 Oct 2018

"...stating that a trojan has been put on and requesting payment in bitcoin to avoid friends etc being sent copies of the "mucky" sites I visit!"

You, and millions of others are receiving these emails. They are rubbish, and should simply be deleted on sight.

Changing your password is a good idea. Otherwise, make sure you run regular scans and carry on with your life.

  Quickbeam 18:13 26 Oct 2018

Just looking at my own primary email I find that I have over 24,000 unread emails over the years!

I could well have some scam attempt in there too, but I only read the email that I'm expecting or looking for such is the amount of unsolicited mail that arrives.

  Quickbeam 18:24 26 Oct 2018

I just deleted all email over 6 months as a safety clearance measure, if I haven't seen it after 6 months it can't have been important.

  john bunyan 18:41 26 Oct 2018

Thanks for the replies; I will delete others on the web before download to PC. This ability to make it seem a mail is coming from oneself is very annoying.

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