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    Posted: October/12/2009 at 9:30am
Please be advised, a bogus email is circulating that appears as if it was sent by the Systems Administrator at Mastermason.com.  THIS IS A FRAUD.  Do not click the link included in the message.
 
The email message is reproduced below.
 
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Subject: Read carefully - Important User Notification
 
Attention!
 
  On October 16, 2009 server upgrade will take place. Due to this the system may be offline for approximately half an hour. The changes will concern security, reliability and performance of mail service and the system as a whole. For compatibility of your browsers and mail clients with upgraded server software you should run SSl certificates update procedure.
 This procedure is quite simple. All you have to do is just to click the link provided, to save the patch file and then to run it from your computer location. That's all.
 
[bogus link to an EXE file -- DO NOT CLICK.]
 
 Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and sorry for possible inconveniences.
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Would it be fair to say, that those who receive this e-mail, are the ones that post their e-mail addresses on-line or list their e-mail in the "Personal particulars"? 
 
If so, it's a good reason not to give it out freely.


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tm274,

I think it is also likely to reach anyone that is a webmaster for a Mastermason.com web site, or a contact listed on such a web site.  In any case, just delete the message and do not click on the link.  This is not a legitimate email from Mastermason.com.
 
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These imposters are persistent. I just received another bogus email, this time with a different message.  (The text of the message is shown below.)  Once again, just delete the message and DO NOT click the enclosed link.
 
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Dear user of the mastermasoncom mailing service!
 
We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (yourEmailID@mastermason.com) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:
 
[Link - DO NOT CLICK!]
 
Best regards, mastermason.com Technical Support
 
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... and yet another bogus email.  See the text below.
 
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Dear owner of the yourname@mastermason.com mailbox, You have to change the security mode of your account, from standart to secure. Please change the security mode by using the link below:

 
[DO NOT CLICK the link provided here.]
 
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... they are persistent.  Just delete the message and do not click the link.
 
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Can you save the file and send it to me as a zipped file?    I would try to look at it with a Hex editor.
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We have yet another bogus email pretending to be from Mastermason.com.  The contents of this most recent email are shown below.  As with the other attempts, you should simply delete this email -- do not click on the enclosed link.
 
Quote Dear user of the mastermason.com mailing service!
 
We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox (mumblefratz@mastermason.com) settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:
 
<bogus link omitted>
 
Best regards, mastermason.com Technical Support.
 
Letter_ID#4IFDMHG0XXY444EEDOSIYT1PJW
 
While the text of the enclosed link indicates mastermason.com, if you hover over it, it is actually from a okqwav.com.pl domain.
 
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And yet another bogus email ...
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Dear use of the mastermason.com mailing service!
 
We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox xxx@mastermason.com settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings open attached file.
 
Best regards,
mastermason.com Technical Support
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Just delete, and DO NOT open the attached Zip file.
 
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... and another.  Just DELETE if you should receive it.
 
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Dear Customer,

 

This e-mail was send by mastermason.com to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account.

 

We have reasons to beleive that your account may have been accessed by someone else. Please run this file and Follow instructions:

 

[Deleted link to exe file.]

 

(C) mastermason.com

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They are still phishing ... here's another new one.  As before, just DELETE and do not open the attached zip file.
 
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SMTP and POP3 servers for mumblefratz@mastermason.com mailbox are changed. Please carefully read the attached instructions before updating settings.
 


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The most recent version of this bogus email started arriving yesterday.  Like the others, it is not legitimate ... just delete.  DO NOT CLICK THE ATTACHED FILE or link.
 
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Dear Customer,
 
This e-mail was send by mastermason.com to notify you that we have temporanly [sic] prevented access to your account.
 
We have reasons to beleive [sic] that your account may have been accessed by someone else.
 
Please run attached file and Follow instructions.
 
(C) mastermason.com
 
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You'd think they could at least use a spell checker.
 
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Wow,

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... and here is the latest rendition of the bogus email.  As always, just DELETE and DO NOT click on the enclosed link.
 
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New secret questions were added to your mastermason.com account.
 
To ensure that your account information remains accurate and secure we notify you whenever this information changes.
 
This change request was made on Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:12:31 -0600
 
If the changes described above are accurate, no further action is needed. If anything doesn't look right, follow the link below to make changes:
 
[bogus link here -- deleted by dgresh]
 
Regards,
mastermason.com Account Services
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Please do not reply to this message. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
 
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