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I've Been Scammed... MAYBE Originating On HUKD - BEWARE !!

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May be of concern to others !! A night or two back, a post came on the forum about a Nintendo Wii for £180, and to go now. It was late on, probs back of midnight. When you clicked the link, it t…
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
May be of concern to others !!

A night or two back, a post came on the forum about a Nintendo Wii for £180, and to go now. It was late on, probs back of midnight.

When you clicked the link, it took you to a page which was blank, and stated you need to have IE 6 installed (which i knew i did) and also tried to start some ActiveX d/l i think.

Anyway, i just closed all this, and thought no more.

Later, i noticed i had an icon on my desktop (white circle, with a blue arrow sign, like that symboling a 'play' sign on a remote control), and i think it said something like IE, as in Internet Explorer.

Not knowing what it was, i deleted it.

THEN !!

Today, i went to pay for something using Paypal, as i believed i had over £200 in my account. To my surprise, it said i had to add funds, for an item costing just over £100 :?

I logged into Paypal, to see i only had £38 in my account :?

I then noticed i had some unauthorized activity, just after 5am this morning, which took $449, which was £223! :x

I then noticed i had an email, which was from this same company, RenChi (which i think is just http://www.RenChi.com) . This email was address to myself AND a 'sshirazz'.

The email says something like 'Dear Abdul.....', which clearly isn't me, and goes on to ask for a photograph of the front and back of my credit card, and also a copy of my billing address, etc. No, i didn't do this, lol, and had already filed complaint with Paypal beforehand.

The thing is though, i think this 'sshiraz', which email was also addressed to, listed the original post, as i was SURE i had seen the name before!

I couldn't find the post, so i Googled the name and 'hotukdeals'. Two things came up, one for a camera or something, and one for a Wii, for £180. When i clicked it, the page that comes up just says there is an error, and i can't see the original listing.

Paypal are onto it for me, but has meant i've had to change all my passwords, etc, to TRY and safeguard myself.

Just wondering if anyone else has had same experience, or if have even checked?

Please beware !!
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
looks like you should have tried harder to protect yourself

(you should have started by not using Internet Explorer 6 anyway)
#2
I can confirm sshirazz as the name of the wannabe wii scammer from that thread last night :(

I am going to do a complete check of my computer now and suggest any one else who clicked the link does the same, I have logged into paypal and my internet banking today..eep.
#3
Sounds like a key logger to me
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I had 'munga bunga' keylogger on mine, thankfully it had all been caught and quarantined etc so I think I am safe, but removed now and passwords changed just in case.

http://research.sunbelt-software.com/threatdisplay.aspx?name=Munga%20Bunga%20HTTP%20Brute%20Force&threatid=39532


I tend to think I am pretty knowledgeable about protecting my computer, but I admit I had no idea you could get such a nasty blighter on your computer just from clicking a link...I always thought you had to download something/allow something to install etc
#5
I suggest everyone run an online and offline virus scanner. And I guess for the time being (and really all the time) you should be running a virus scanner that constantly monitors your computer. I suggest NOD32, you barely know it's running at all. I would also suggest updating your browser.
#6
thank you all for advice
#7
Sonia your pup is sooooo cute!!!
#8
i say the hotukdeals staff or mods should track this guys ip address and report them to the cops.
#9
use firefox...

for why don't ask me but it is supposed to be safer
#10
use the on screen keyboard.

Even better, partition your hd and whack linux on it!
#11
Starlet
I had 'munga bunga' keylogger on mine, thankfully it had all been caught and quarantined etc so I think I am safe, but removed now and passwords changed just in case.

http://research.sunbelt-software.com/threatdisplay.aspx?name=Munga%20Bunga%20HTTP%20Brute%20Force&threatid=39532


I tend to think I am pretty knowledgeable about protecting my computer, but I admit I had no idea you could get such a nasty blighter on your computer just from clicking a link...I always thought you had to download something/allow something to install etc


It depends on whether you have stuff like ActiveX and Java enabled by default really. My browser is set to deny it unless I give it permission.
Keyloggers are nasty little blighters for sure!
#12
I fix/build computers as a hobby so i would indeed make sure you have good anti virus like someone else said try nod32 it is a very very good antivirus,and does not slow your computer one bit,as for a firewall try comodo firewall pro or the normal comodo firewall,this was rated as the best firewall in a lot of tests and also the comodo costs nothing.The price you can pay for not protecting yourself can be very expensive,so be careful the most expensive antivirus/firewall well known products are certainly not always the best.
#13
We removed the threads after this shirazz posted on here...
#14
This got me kinda worried!

I remember clicking on it but remember it saying something about needing IE6. I just exited. I am sure 90% that I am not using IE6 as using IE which came with Vista..now sure how to find out what IE version it is!

Also I am running Avast and nothing has copme up yet....any advice?
#15
SkippyDoo
This got me kinda worried!

I remember clicking on it but remember it saying something about needing IE6. I just exited. I am sure 90% that I am not using IE6 as using IE which came with Vista..now sure how to find out what IE version it is!

Also I am running Avast and nothing has copme up yet....any advice?


I use firefox but it still got on my computer and it's all set to not allow ANYTHING to happen without it asking me first, I think the site saying you needed IE6 has no relevance, if you clicked the link you need to thoroughly check your computer with an anti virus program, hijack this and a spyware/malware program asap.
#16
Quick note (for those that aren't aware), if you'd like to browse a little safer - but don't want to install Linux you can use (for example) VirtualBox, with something like Kubuntu (a swift Google will point you in the right direction).

Your machine has to be fairly modern, but this will allow you to run stuff in a sandbox (essentially Linux on top of Windows). So you get the security when online and you can pull the plug/go back to Windows when finished.
#17
I obviously made the original post, so i'm glad it has raised people's awareness.

I was unaware too, that by going to a link, i could be susceptible to this kind of attack, as woulda thought i would have had to CLICK to install or download a file, which in hinesight, was obviously included in his link, which is how this happened.

At the time, i just seen it as a link to possibly a source of Wii's.

Hope no-one else has been scammed, and still waiting to hear back from Paypal on it.

Anyone know the likely outcome from Paypal, or is it likely thats me outta pocket for good? :x
#18
R0N4LD
Anyone know the likely outcome from Paypal, or is it likely thats me outta pocket for good? :x


i've only ever opened one claim with paypal and it was resolved after about 20 days in my favour and the payment reversed. i.e. I got my money back. I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I knew I was right, I expected the 'system' to fail. I hope you have the same result - and expect you will from the details you've given. Fingers crossed.
#19
not sure if i clicked it what exccactly is a key logger and what are they able to do also how do i remove it please be simple as im a beginer on the computer
#20
also would norton pick up on it?
#21
zoelou88
not sure if i clicked it what exccactly is a key logger and what are they able to do also how do i remove it please be simple as im a beginer on the computer


A key logger sits in the backkground on your PC and records the strokes that you make on your keyboard, so if you put (for example) the password for your bank in, it'd send the key combo off to the cracker responsible. So (s)he'd be able to see which site visited, and details used to gain entry.

Norton isn't that hot I'm afraid (detection rates aren't up there, plus it's a pain to uninstall) - there are better (and free) anti viruses around for Windows personal fav here is AVG, others will recommend Avast. Both good.

Edit - as mentioned above using Firefox for surfing is also good.

Also Here's the link for AVG

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