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Thread: Fake/real? Police E-mail With My Ip-number?

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    ATTENTION!

    Don't know if this has happened to anyone else and whether it is genuine or only a bad joke:

    I just received an e-mail from the "BKA Internet Police Duesseldorf" (?&#33 - I am not even German, although an EU National - declaring my IP-Number and their intention of prosecuting me for downloading files illegally. They did not actually mention Kazaa Lite but I have not downloaded anything from anywhere else. Also they declared that the prosecution would be in written form and that I would receive the letter and a copy of the data collected from my computer over the next few days.

    The "police" (?) also added a file attachment that they claimed contained detailed notes of my computer data that they had gathered. When trying to open it, my pc suddenly showed up all blue and a Microsoft dialog.exe Error Firewall Block message was displayed. That has now happened several times in the past 30min.

    The "police" (?) mail did not contain my name, just my IP-Number. It did not use the genuine e-mail address from the German Police because they claimed "fear of mailbombs" (?&#33 but did add the telephone number of the Police Station Duesseldorf that for obvious reasons I did not want to try calling to check out whether it's genuine. I did notice the bad German spelling but I guess that does not outrule real police officers.

    Questions:
    1.- I am using an Anonymizer - so how can they know my IP-address?
    2.- Very dumb question but where can I look up my IP-address (WinXP) to check if they have even got it right, whoever they actually are?
    3.- Anyone know if this is just a nasty hoax or if it is genuine???

    Thanks to everybody who helps!

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    Money Fist's Avatar Che-Che get the yayo
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    not sure
    i know its scary
    but my buddy got a letter from univeral pictures for
    DLing the hulk
    but they told him exactly were he got it from (supernova)

    i say fake

    its possible that (im sayin unlikely) Anonymizer could of picked
    an ip that went throu a german police station (set as a Anonmus proxy)
    and they sniffed you like that


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    Samurai's Avatar Usenet Fanboy
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    Seen this before. HOAX.

    Any files installed on your system, be sure to virus scan and also run Spybot. These emails normally contain trojan's. You may inadvertadly installed it.

    Samurai

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    Hope so Fiber

    because, yes, it is scary.

    messed up my computer too, so maybe it's a hoax containing a virus, then again maybe i will greet the new year from behind bars?!

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    Samurai - I could kiss you :*

    You have really, I mean REALLY, stopped me from freaking out over this! I was honestly scared at first glance.

    Thank you

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    Money Fist's Avatar Che-Che get the yayo
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    great samrai
    i dont get shit

    i moded my post 3 times to get it right


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    Originally posted by ice_princess@22 December 2003 - 00:19
    Samurai - I could kiss you :*

    You have really, I mean REALLY, stopped me from freaking out over this! I was honestly scared at first glance.

    Thank you
    Dear God,

    Please let ice_princess be female

    Yours Faithfully,

    Samurai... The Filesharer

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    Money Fist's Avatar Che-Che get the yayo
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    LOL


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    Samurai:
    Not to worry, I am DEFINITELY female!

    Fiber:
    THREE BIG KISSES :* :* :* for you, you are my hero!

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    Oh one more thing...

    Could you forward this email to me please? I'll PM you my email address.

    Also, I'd advise changing your IP address in case of future problems with the sender. Easiest way to do this is to disconnect your cable modem / set top box for 60 seconds and reconnect. IP should change.

    If not, and you're running Windows XP, click here for another way of doing this.

    Hope this helps, and expect the PM.

    Samurai

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