Just letting you know that the scammers are at it again. I received the following email this morning: -
"The payment for your latest Virgin Media bill has failed. The payment processor has detected invalid billing information associated with your account."
The email did not however come to the email address I use for login to my Virgin Media account, but was addressed to an old email alias set up in the very early blueyonder days that I never use. Somehow, whoever is sending these scam emails has managed to get hold of an old email address of mine, and although this is obviously a scam email, it is not exactly reassuring to know that my email information is available to scammers which to me suggests some form of data security breach somewhere?
Ancient email addresses end up on lists that are bought and sold by scammers. 20 years (or so) ago HTTPS wasn't used as much as it is today, so, email addresses submitted to websites all went as plain text via CGI and PERL scripts, which were easily accessible by 3rd parties. Data protection wasn't as good either and it was regarded as a more "honest" place back then.
Tbf that is possibly not VM’s fault entirely. That information is out there on some spammers list and they sell these lists between themselves. I had one that tried to tell me they had video of me watching a porn site and proudly announced they knew my password...only it was a password I haven’t used for twenty years so wherever they got that info from they didn’t even know it was out of date. The fact that these ppl start the email with Hi there or Dear customer says they don’t actually know who you are so it’s not likely to be genuine. Just make sure you mark it as spam and don’t unsubscribe as the VM system suggests. Never unsubscribe to something you know isn’t a newsletter.