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MeetYourMessenger – Bad News!

Posted by cotojo on July 24, 2007


Although it seems innocent enough at first glance, when you go into more detail and read ‘About’, ‘Privacy’ and ‘Terms’ you will learn a great deal more.
The following is just a few extracts that can be found on their site but it is my belief that this is BAD news and I wouldn’t touch it.

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37 Responses to “MeetYourMessenger – Bad News!”

  1. josé said

    JE SUIS UN HOMME LIBRE,ET SIMPLE

  2. cotojo said

    shotty – This scam has been going around for a while now, and users have NOT signed up for it. What happens is that one of your contacts signs up for the service which then gives the scammers full access to their accounts from where they collect all of their contacts information and then spam them in the hope that they will also sign up, and so the circle of malware continues.
    This blog has now moved and the full post is here:
    http://freepcsecurity.co.uk/2007/07/24/meetyourmessenger-bad-news/
    At the end of the article there are two tools which are free to download and use and will clear any malware from your computer.
    By deleting the account it only assures the criminals behind this that your email is a valid email address and opens you to more spam.
    Run the malware tools, reboot and change your password, that stops them from accessing your account.
    I will also email you this from freepcsecurity.co.uk
    Regards
    Colin

  3. shotty said

    I recently received a message in my email from meetmymessenger and i had no clue what so ever of what it was… or how they even got my email.. it sent me profile pictures of other people. So i clicked on the link that was provided with the email just to see what the site was all about. It had said i was signed in under my first name only with a profile picture that was not me at all. It asked if i wanted to change my default profile picture. There was no personal information added but however, it did ask me if i wanted to fill out the information that was not fulfilled which was personal information. . I immediatly told it to delete my account,that i never even set up and closed it off,then began trying to do some research of what the site was all about and how is it that i was signed up for it. Im still curious about the site concidering that i dont even rember hearing about the site before.. it did say that i had signed up in may of 2008 how odd.

  4. cotojo said

    sciamannikoo – Privacy has to be a major concern for all users. There are many social sites where personal information is required such as Facebook, but any site that requires a users email account login AND password is a bad combination. Sadly, many do fall victim to these scams and the spam soon follows along with malicious downloads.
    Thank you for your visit and coment🙂
    Have a good week,
    Regards,
    Colin

  5. sciamannikoo said

    I understand who is concerned about privacy, but one thing is giving some personal information and deciding which information to share (and this is the case of Facebook et similia), another thing is giving my msn user name and password, to allow the service to retrieve all my contacts and spread this information maliciously.

  6. cotojo said

    Jane – You’re most welcome.
    Sadly they keep coming along with new variations but they all lead to the same thing, which is bad news for those who do enter their details.
    You are right to steer clear of this🙂
    Regards,
    Colin

  7. Jane said

    Thanks for the info on this website. I got an invite to join it, but will steer clear of it now. :-)))

  8. cotojo said

    Alexander – You’re most welcome.

    Sadly it’s an easy trap to fall into and many have done the very same thing, through similar sites.

    Regards,
    Colin

  9. Alexander said

    Colin,

    Thanks for your quick response. I’ll try.

    Regards,
    Alex.

  10. cotojo said

    Alexander – In many cases deleting the account from any of those sites makes little difference as they collect all of your information supplied and that of your contacts.
    A few things you can do, change your hotmail account password or any other account that you entered details for, also download and scan with the following:
    Clean MSN Virus is a tool that detects and deletes currently circulating MSN Messenger viruses. Clean MSN Virus detects more than 3,800 variants of MSN viruses. Clean MSN Virus analyzes active processes in memory and files.Version 1.7.0 includes virus database update.
    http://www.download.com/Clean-Virus-MSN/3000-2239_4-10836867.html

    Norman Malware Cleaner:
    http://download.norman.no/public/Norman_Malware_Cleaner.exe

    Hope this helps,
    Regards,
    Colin

  11. Alexander said

    If you delete account from that web-site, does it mean it will stop spying on your contacts and sending invitations to them from your name? If anybody knows which process they start and how is it possible to remove it from system? don’t want to reinstall Windows🙂

    thanks,
    Alex

  12. cotojo said

    Vanessa – Thank you for you visit and comment🙂
    This certainly is blatant, and sadly many get sucked into giving every detail and then wonder why they are suddenly plagued with spam emails and infected with malware, but they have opened the gates by divulging not only their username but also their password, which really is quite unbelievable. This gives the operators full access and control of the individuals accounts, which really is bad news.
    Have a great day,
    Take care,
    Colin

  13. Vanessa said

    This is rather blatant, wow. But typical of the Internet don’t you think? From stat counters to certain network sites (and everything in between) that follow you around the Web. The TOS, privacy policies etc. of some companies are enough to make you cut your Internet service off.

    You have a great site and a wonderful service. I don’t visit often enough. Thanks…

  14. cotojo said

    Crefta – Spam from this lot is a major problem, hopefully your problems have been resolved🙂
    Have a great week,
    Colin

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  16. Crefta said

    I kept getting spam emails from this mob and so i clicked the link on the email to unsubscribe. Lets hope i don’t get anymore spam from these guys.

  17. cotojo said

    Rempie – Thank you for your comment.
    MYM will not remove any information that they hold or profile pictures etc.
    They really are among the lowest of the low, and all we can do is hope to raise awareness of this insidious organisation and its poor practice.
    I can only urge people to stay well away from MYM and related sites.

    Wish you a good week,
    Colin

  18. rempie said

    I am most certainly against meetyourmessenger !
    I found a picture of my girlfriend which she put into her MSN acount on the site of MYM. I emaild them about ita nd asking to remove it. Then after areply which they say i have to tell which profile it is on, i again emailed them and urged them to remove it. Then again they were too stupid to find the page where it its been put. even though i put the correct page of the pucture along with it. (Link removed by Admin) If some one can delete that picture i am most thankfull.
    Hope nobody is dumb enough to go to MYM and stay with MSN/LIVE where its save(r).

    Greetings Rempie

  19. cotojo said

    Jamie – Yes I’m pretty sure that they are run along the same lines, and I know of many who have had problems with this one too. They have your username and password and then it collects your contacts info in just the same way as BlockDelete does. Then the circle continues with messages from ‘friends’ and I have cleaned up a few pc’s that have also fallen into this one. It is not good news at all.

    Take care and catch you later,
    Colin

  20. cotojo said

    Ax – Yes I do steer away from Facebook, Yahoo and Google….I value my privacy, and am also aware as to how much personal information my daughter divulges.
    They may well like to know every little detail of your surfing habits, personal preferences and personal information….you may like to divulge whatever is needed but I will only divulge the absolute minimum, therefore there are many sites I won’t go near.
    I have that freedom of choice and choose to use it.
    I do not believe that this post is sensationalistic in any way, but alerts users as to what is expected and it is not part of MSN, it is a separate thing altogether, along with the BlockDelete scam which is also running riot under many guises.
    Thanks for you comment and input.
    All the best,
    Colin

  21. Yeah I new about Block Delete but this is the first time I read your post or learned about MeetYourMessenger. Sounds very much similar to Block Delete Colin as we talked comunicated back and forth about. MeetYourMessenger sounds like another phishing scam to me. Wow seems like a lot of them going on lately. Any website asking for your Messenger username and password I would be very weary on.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Talk to you later,

    Jamie Boyle

  22. ax said

    i find their terms quite reasonable. they are more or less the same as the terms of google, yahoo, facebook, … do you “steer well away from [these because] you value your privacy and certainly keep children away from these Big Brother”?

    it might be unwise from them to ask for the messenger password at registration – this certainly rings some bells. but then their purpose is to connect you to your messenger buddies, and for this they need it. other sites (facebook) do the same. and they (meetyourmessenger) don’t store your password (at least that’s what they say).

    considering this, i find your post a little sensationalistic.

  23. cotojo said

    LopesCa – You’re most welcome🙂
    If it helps others then it’s worth it,
    Have a great day and a very Happy New Year,
    Colin

  24. LopesCa said

    Thank´s for the advise😉

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  26. cotojo said

    Hawk – Thanks for your comment and visit🙂
    Sadly there are a lot of naive users, especially those that aren’t ‘savvy’ that will divulge far to much personal information, and this is just another honeypot!

    Colin

  27. Hawk said

    Just as I suspected, thanks🙂
    Not that I would have registered… Just the idea of submitting your MSN password (required) sould be enough for most of us to run for cover, although there seems to be a lot of naïve users out there..

  28. cotojo said

    Madness – Many thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

    I agree completely. These, and others like them, need the ping of death. They should be treated with extreme caution and if privacy is of any value, which I believe it is to many of my readers, then it should be avoided at all costs.

    Colin

  29. Madness said

    We need to give them the ping of death!

  30. cotojo said

    Lalit – You are most welcome, thank you for dropping by🙂

    Colin

  31. Thanks cotojo🙂

  32. hiutopor said

    Hi

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    G’night

  33. cotojo said

    Jaik – Thanks for your comment. Not naive at all, but raising awareness as to how much information is being collected from surfers in an innocuous manner. The same applies with any site that requires input of personal information. Data is collated and privacy eroded.

    Colin

  34. Jaik said

    If you think that the majority of large websites don’t store and use the same data, you’re being slightly nieve!

  35. cotojo said

    Deborah – It sure does make you shudder when you go into the finer detail doesn’t it……who’s watching the watchers though?

  36. Deborah said

    Meetyourmessenger, or meetyournewmaster? Shudder!

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