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Phishing Scams on MSN Messenger

BlockDelete is one of the latest scams that is affecting MSN Messenger users. Supposedly it is a website-based service, which tells people who blocked them or deleted them on MSN. However, Block Delete is nothing more then a phishing scam that will take over your MSN account. What happens when you sign in to BlockDelete it actually gains total access to your Windows Live Messenger account.

What happens with Block Delete is when you enter your username and password on their website you will then see on the bottom right hand corner the following message:
“You've Just Been Logged Into Another Computer.”

What you have actually done is provided access to your MSN Messenger account and your personal information. They have just phished your personal information from you. Now they have access to all your information, email and contacts. Block Delete then automatically starts spamming people with their links to try and capture more information from other people in your contact list. What makes Block Delete scam successful is the fact that links are being sent to people, who then think it is coming from a person that they know. People are usually more trusting when it comes from a friend or associate.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please change your Live.com password immediately. If this fails, uninstall MSN Messenger and re-install, sign in to Live.com and then change your password. This is very similar to Meet Your Messenger which I wrote about previously. Anti-virus programs and anti-spyware programs will NOT find this as you do not install anything. Ensure that you Windows Updates are up to date and run the Malicious Software Removal Tool. The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software.

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