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I got two message on my Skype yesterday from a contact that was not in my list. If you get this message it is a scam, do not click on any of the links. I did a search on the URL that they posted and all the info I could find on it was about it being a scam.

Here is the message:

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URGENT SYSTEM SCAN NOTIFICATION ! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY !!

(link removed for protection)

For the link to become active, please click on 'Add to contacts' skype button or type it in manually into your web browser !

FULL DETAILS OF SCAN RESULT BELOW

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WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected

malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /

Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !

Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

(link removed for protection)

For the link to become active, please click on 'Add to contacts' skype button or type it in manually into your web browser !

[10/11/2009 7:01:34 PM] Online Notification: ******************************************

URGENT SYSTEM SCAN NOTIFICATION ! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY !!

(link removed for protection)

For the link to become active, please click on 'Add to contacts' skype button or type it in manually into your web browser !

FULL DETAILS OF SCAN RESULT BELOW

******************************************

WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected

malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /

Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !

Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

(link removed for protection)

For the link to become active, please click on 'Add to contacts' skype button or type it in manually into your web browser !

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Coincidentally, I had an international call this morning from a lady telling me that my Internet service was to be disconnected for updating purposes. For further information I had to press button 1 in order to speak to a technician. I just put the phone down without answering. That must be six hours ago, now, and my connection's fine.

 

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Scammers like that can be avoided by adding restrictions on your skype account. Set it to only allow messages from your contact list also, there's also an option that will make you visible only from your contact list, so scammers won't be the able to search you.

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