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Old 09-05-2016, 08:47 AM   #1
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Beware of "new message" banner

Beware. when I went to "new posts", I received a notice that I had one new message. When I clicked to get the message, it opened to a scam site that was trying to sell some PC security deal. I could not close out the pop up or get out of any other screens. I had to shut down my PC and reopen to get out. Do not click on a banner that says you have a new private message. A real scam!!
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Thanks for the heads-up!
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This has been around for a LONG time (as long as we've had a banner ad) but does have to be revisited from time to time because many aren't aware of the difference between the banner ad & an actual Private Message(PM) notice.

The ONLY PM notifications here is if you have iRV2's pop-up notice enabled (User CP) or, better yet, you see a number in the Unread section of the Private Messages line in your Welcome box in the upper right corner. Anything outside of this on the main forums page is just an ad & should not be opened. Below is an example of the banner ad that is NOT a notification you have a PM waiting:

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I don't see those due to 'Ad Blocker'

I do get an IRV2 pop-up notification for new msg. but I always ignore and go straight to PMs
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:29 AM   #5
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Beware. when I went to "new posts", I received a notice that I had one new message. When I clicked to get the message, it opened to a scam site that was trying to sell some PC security deal. I could not close out the pop up or get out of any other screens. I had to shut down my PC and reopen to get out. Do not click on a banner that says you have a new private message. A real scam!!
Same thing happened to me 2 days ago. Like you I had to restart computer to get scam window to close.
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I don't see those due to 'Ad Blocker'

I do get an IRV2 pop-up notification for new msg. but I always ignore and go straight to PMs

I have AdBlock Plus and that ad came up!
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Just got that message & struggled to get out of it.

Wish I'd read Lori's warning!!!
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