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On 12 December I received an email advising me that I had just joined the forum and asking me to complete my profile etc. seemed a bit odd since i’ve been a member for a day or two. Was this a legitimate request from the forum or a fishing expedition? If you need a copy of the email I can forward that as well.

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Hi, that is a pretty normal request. Filling in your profile with information about your tools and so forth, helps folks here respond appropriately to your questions or requests for help. For example, if you don't have a table saw, we know not to suggest solutions involving that particular tool. You don't need to fill in address or any other identifiable information, although out of USA members have different voltage to consider and many tools have different model numbers in different countries.

Hope that addresses your concerns. Never a bad idea to ask questions like that.
 

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On 12 December I received an email advising me that I had just joined the forum and asking me to complete my profile etc. seemed a bit odd since i’ve been a member for a day or two. Was this a legitimate request from the forum or a fishing expedition? If you need a copy of the email I can forward that as well.

Jon
sounds phishy...
 

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Hi, that is a pretty normal request. Filling in your profile with information about your tools and so forth, helps folks here respond appropriately to your questions or requests for help. For example, if you don't have a table saw, we know not to suggest solutions involving that particular tool. You don't need to fill in address or any other identifiable information, although out of USA members have different voltage to consider and many tools have different model numbers in different countries.

Hope that addresses your concerns. Never a bad idea to ask questions like that.
Kind of late, he already did that in 2009 when he joined. I ddin't get one of those,sniff,sniff........
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Since you're already on, I agree it does sound phishy. Just delete it, someone's probably trying to get your password or confirm the email they used is valid.
 

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Seems odd to me too. You are the first I've heard of who had that happen. Jon I think I'll move this thread to Site Help and let Cricket and Admin see it and let them respond.
 
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Jon, when I get questionable mail like that, I hover the mouse pointer over the link (not click). Then you should see where the link goes. Look at the part before the '.com', '.org', '.net' or whatever. If it's supposed to be from 'microsoft.com' but the link is to 'blahblahblah.ru' for example, then you know it's phishing. Check all the links because they'll occasionally add some legitimate links.

That can help sort a lot of it out. Don't know if it would work for people viewing on touch screens.
 

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Jon, when I get questionable mail like that, I hover the mouse pointer over the link (not click). Then you should see where the link goes. Look at the part before the '.com', '.org', '.net' or whatever. If it's supposed to be from 'microsoft.com' but the link is to 'blahblahblah.ru' for example, then you know it's phishing. Check all the links because they'll occasionally add some legitimate links.

That can help sort a lot of it out. Don't know if it would work for people viewing on touch screens.
Cricket:

Not a typical newsletter.
The subject line was “Welcome to the Forums.....” update

I can make a pdf of the pages and forward thEm if that would help.

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Cricket:

Not a typical newsletter.
The subject line was “Welcome to the Forums.....” update

I can make a pdf of the pages and forward thEm if that would help.

Jon
Feel free to forward it to me. It almost sounds like the weekly newsletter by the title but I need to see it to know.

I will PM my contact information to you.
 

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Feel free to forward it to me. It almost sounds like the weekly newsletter by the title but I need to see it to know.

I will PM my contact information to you.
Received the info and forwarded the message.

It could be a newsletter but the format and wording were surprising to me.

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Please remember that when you get an email with a link asking you to login it is probably up to no good. For instance if you get an email from Bank of America and you have an account NEVER click on the links. Go to the Bank of America site that you already have bookmarked and there will be messages there if they are wanting to contact you.

If you get phone calls then politely say you will call them. Call the phone number of the bank in the phone book. If you are asked for your login and password on a call that you did not start (you were called) hang up and call the bank directly.

No one calling from the bank or other entity will ask for a login. If you give it up you will be sorry. Cyber security starts with you being stingy about giving information out.

Be safe and smart about your data. Only give it to the right people. The right people never call and ask for it.
 
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