Poetry site Guestbook Scam
I have recently received bogus emails
with files attached that appeared to be
from friends but turned ut to be anything
but. These emails appeared to come from
poets I know and write to via guestbooks
on thoroughly respectable poetry sites.
These emails are centred on coronavirus
issues and appear to be nothing more
than one poet contacting another passing
on information via a file, but that is not
what they are, they are phishing emails
and opening the enclosed file will give the
fraudsters access to your computer, your
details, or even worse.
The way it appears to work is that by
Joining a poetry site scammers ultimately
gain access to the guestbook and thereby
the names and email addresses of
members who then potentially become
targets for fraud.
Please take care, emails that seemingly
come from from someone you know may
not be genuine. Do not click on or open any
file no matter how innocent or tempting it
it may be. Check directly with the friend,
did the email come from their machine?
If not, delete at once. Do not open files.
I didn’t touch the first email I received, I
was suspicious and waited to see what
might happen, and what happened was
that the email came again and again,
clearly not from any friend I know, and
certainly not the poet I was supposed
to believe it was from.
We are in strange times, stay safe, stay