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Contributors: Beware of phishing emails

Despite multiple safety measures, online accounts are a target for phishing attacks at any time. And although we have not experienced such problems in the last years, unfortunately we have to bring the phishing matter into discussion again.

It seems the latest phishing attack is targeting our photographers mainly. It invites contributors to participate in a casting for a photoshooting in Paris. Obviously, there is a link provided which we strongly recommend NOT to click. If you use this link, your computer will be infected with a virus.

So, please do NOT open suspect emails, especially the ones that require you to provide login details. If you need to insert your login details or any other sensitive info, please access the site by typing in the address www.dreamstime.com directly in the address bar of your browser.

In case you receive emails that seem to come from a legitimate address but whose content or text look suspect nonetheless, it is better to ask our support service or on the forum. We also recommend you keep your antivirus updated. If you don't have one installed, you can ask your fellow contributors what they recommend and works best.
Edited: 12/06/2012, 05:26:03 AM by Admin
Thanks for the tips, Tangie!! :)
DG OS HSM, Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4...
Posted: 12/06/2012, 03:54:15 AM
Thanks a lot for the warning! Will be very watchful in the future!
10 Photoshop elements premiere 10...
Posted: 12/06/2012, 03:56:21 AM
Thanks for the warning! :)
Nikon Equipment, Nikon Lenses, Professional Photo Software
Posted: 12/06/2012, 08:38:22 AM
Thanks Tangie.
PENTAX SMC M 28mm f2.8, PENTAX SMC M 50mm f1.7, Macro extension tubes...
Posted: 12/06/2012, 08:38:41 AM
Thanks for the warning.
Posted: 12/06/2012, 08:55:42 AM
Well you should trust only E-mails of the form whatever@dreamstime.com
I don't think someone else can use that domain name for wrong purposes. Use Comodo firewall (free) with Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows, again free).

I've had no trouble with them ever. I do lots of sensitive projects too so I trust these two to keep things safe.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 12/06/2012, 10:32:15 AM
Haven't received it yet, but thanks very much for the headsup.
etc. Favorite lens - Canon 24-70 F2.8L....
Posted: 12/06/2012, 11:48:33 AM

Originally posted by Robinstockphotos:
Quoted Message: Well you should trust only E-mails of the form whatever@dreamstime.comI don`t think someone else can use that domain name for wrong purposes.

No -- Even that is not something you should trust. It is possible (and not hard) to spoof email address sources.

Before EVER clicking on a link in an email (even if you think you know it to be safe) at least hover over the link and look at the URL that appears in the bottom left of your browser window. If it looks suspicious, do not click. If you are still unsure and the email is from a friend, you can always contact that friend and make sure he or she really is the person who sent it to you.

Tangie, from your post it sounds like the emails going around are both a phishing attack and a virus attack. That sure makes the phishing attempt more obvious and less stealthy.
Edited: 1 minute ago
great, my computer is virus happy anyway :) it just LOVES them. haven't come across this email yet, but thanks for the warning. Off to the computer cleaners again, and I DO have antivirus programs. oh well, .....
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000
Posted: 1 minute ago
Thank you very much for posting this information. Fortunately I have not received
any such phishing e-mails but we all need to be on the alert for such scams because
the internet is rife with them.
Nikon D90, Nikon D80, Nikon Lenses exclusively
Posted: 1 minute ago
Thanks a lot for the warning,Tangie!!
Posted: 12/07/2012, 02:28:38 AM
Thanks very much for the info Tangie. Always good communication from Dreamstime!
Nikon d90, 18-200 mm zoom, 50 mm 1.4 G Canon G9 + teleconverter
Posted: 12/08/2012, 08:59:41 AM
Were our email address leaked then?
Sigma 150-500mm, Canon 18-200mm, Canon 60mm Macro, Canon 10-22mm...
Posted: 12/10/2012, 04:46:48 AM
Because you get an email from an address you are registered does not mean that your address has been leaked. These people harvest email addresses from forums, web pages etc.

When I get an email of this type I carry out a number of checks.

1. Does it use my use rid or name in the salute - not Dear xxxxx customer.
2. Has the email been sent to me alone or does it show undisclosed recipients.
3. Hover over the link in the email if the email is from Dreamstime the link should point to somewhere on the Dreamstime website. If it doesn't then don't click it.
4. Check the grammar. If the email comes from a site and is in the language of that site then there should be no obvious grammatical errors. If there are be suspicious.
5. Check for obvious spelling mistakes.
6. Ask yourself, should I get an email like this from this source.

This won't catch them all but will at least give you a fighting chance.
Nikon D300s, Fujifilm S2Pro, Sigma DP1
Posted: 12/10/2012, 05:34:14 AM
Thank you for sharing this by newsletter, too, it's very helpful.
Canon 5D MkII Canon lenses
Posted: 12/16/2012, 04:08:37 AM