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Flowerofthewest Wed 14-May-14 00:47:57

In my Junk mail box there is an email entitled 'UK Order' a number 11916734 and an attachment. I do not recognise it and have not opened the attachment. Not sure if it is valid or not. Worried. Anyone else had this type of thing. I always delete the false bank emails etc but this is puzzling me.

ayse Wed 14-May-14 02:50:12

My rule is if I don't recognise it dump it.

thatbags Wed 14-May-14 06:05:02

Hit delete

TwiceAsNice Wed 14-May-14 06:44:20

Delete! Scams are becoming more sophisticated

Aka Wed 14-May-14 07:01:52

Delete or you could be introducing a virus or similar into your computer.

NanKate Wed 14-May-14 07:28:40

Bin it pdq.

JessM Wed 14-May-14 07:36:32

Yes always delete if it is unfamiliar. Some of them look very convincing as they have copied the logo of Santander bank, paypal or whoever. I get dozens a day - i just looked in my spam inbox.
They normally have a file attachment that looks weird - like a zip file. Easy to delete the unfamiliar ones. Be more cautious i it looks familiar e.g. paypal.

tiggypiro Wed 14-May-14 08:04:40

I get them frequently Flower. NEVER NEVER open them or indeed anything else that you don't recognise even if they look ok. You can always contact anyone like your bank or Post Office with a trusted email address or indeed a phone call to check. The email you refer to and others similar can be ways of the 'baddies' gaining access to files on your computer. Lets face it - they are a lot cleverer at this sort of thing than we are so vigilance is the key!
Ditto phone calls saying they are from Microsoft etc.

Lilygran Wed 14-May-14 08:24:19


Pittcity Wed 14-May-14 08:27:51

Delete and make sure that you have up to date antivirus software.
I have had loads of these and similar in the last week and my laptop succumbed to a nasty virus on Monday. Luckily my antivirus programme managed to sort it out, after a whole hour of scanning and stuff!!

KatyK Wed 14-May-14 08:51:18

Delete it. I had one saying my amazon order was on its way and to click to confirm. I hadnt ordered anything from them. It was a scam to try to get my card details.

sherish Wed 14-May-14 09:20:28

I noticed the exact email in my spam folder this morning. I deleted it without opening it.

Soutra Wed 14-May-14 09:23:01

I think that's a majority for deletion then! smile

Wheniwasyourage Wed 14-May-14 09:34:52

i find that Yahoo is pretty good at sorting out spam messages that purport to come from the likes of Amazon. I find those ones (I'm boycotting them as they don't pay enough tax so don't have orders anyway) and from banks (supposedly) are in my spam folder and so I just don't open them. Recently there have been several with a space in the middle of a word in the title or the sender's name and they have contained a link, which I haven't opened. After I've reported 2 of them as spam they haven't appeared in either the inbox or the spam folder.

It's probably better to delete anything you're not sure about, as a genuine enquiry will be repeated if you don't answer!

MiniMouse Wed 14-May-14 10:00:20

"It's probably better to delete anything you're not sure about, as a genuine enquiry will be repeated if you don't answer!"

Some spam/fake emails will also be sent again, not just genuine ones, so be wary even if this happens! I've had several 'repeats', but I've binned them straight away - they've mainly been from companies that I use, so look extremely convincing!!

newist Wed 14-May-14 10:41:09

Flower I had this one. McAfee automatically deleted it, it is a naughty scam, so definitely delete it smile

Flowerofthewest Wed 14-May-14 16:55:09

I did and do delete but they are so worrying especially as they mention 'invoice'

rockgran Wed 14-May-14 17:19:01

If you think it may be genuine just contact the company by another means - not by the link. I once phoned my credit card company after several seemingly suspect phonecalls which I kept deleting. In fact they had been trying to contact me but agreed I was right to be suspicious and had done the right thing by contacting them independently.

BeeWitch Wed 14-May-14 17:57:19

Delete it. If you aren't sure, it's the best thing to do.

FlicketyB Thu 15-May-14 08:16:54

I regularly get emails about invoices, orders and parcels in transit from companies whose names I do or do not recognise. I delete the lot.

Next time you get an email from a company you regularly do business with about an order you know you made look at the difference. All the detail will be in the email and there will be no attachments to click on.

tiggypiro Thu 15-May-14 13:00:02

Oooh ... ! Spam emails - don't they just make you laugh !

I have just got the following one in my Spam folder

Mrs Happiness Mariah - This is to intimate you of a very important information

My curiosity will not get the better of me and it is already deleted but I am wondering !

harrigran Fri 16-May-14 22:42:46

I have had six in the last week, some supposedly from fedex and the others from Amazon. If you hover the arrow over the name you will see the address is not genuine, usually silly [email protected]

Flowerofthewest Sat 17-May-14 00:20:45

Yes I am also, every day, getting warnings from banks I am not and never have been a customer of. Obviously these are deleted at once. Even from my own bank which assure me never send emails.

Nelliemoser Sat 17-May-14 09:05:18

Yes junk anything like that.

goldengirl Sat 17-May-14 17:05:17

Agree with the others - delete it. I've got one which says to open a file showing that I was speeding and to pay up. I junked that too - it read oddly. I don't open anything I'm not expecting and I do ask if someone i know sends an odd attachment