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Uber Geek

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# 38250 27-Jul-2009 17:08
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Hi All,

I just got an email purportly from Sky TV which is copied below. It looked a bit fishy and haven't followed the link. I am reminded of the McDonalds scam

Did anyone else get it?

Cheers, Matt

Dear Subscriber,

This survey is being run by an independent market research company on behalf of SKY TV. Feedback from this survey is provided to SKY TV in aggregate and you're individual responses will remain anonymous. The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and will be available until Friday, July 31st.

You can start the survey by clicking on the link below

*** Link Deleted ****

At the end of the survey, please click 'submit' to ensure your responses are collected.

Your comments will remain confidential and you will not receive a sales call as a result of participating in this survey. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Brendon Smith at The Research Agency, the company conducting this survey.

**** Email Deleted ******

Thank you for your participation.

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Master Geek

  # 239397 27-Jul-2009 17:13
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Looking at their website, they seam legitimate.

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  # 239403 27-Jul-2009 17:17
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Yeah. I have had bit of a look too. The thing that got me thinking it was dodgy was the use of the domain in the email address but the followed by really long random characters in the link to the survey. The website doesn't look particularly legit but the .com site looks ok... I will start on the survey and stop at the part where it asks for my credit card! ;-)

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  # 239414 27-Jul-2009 17:50
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There are three separate domain names in the email (the originating email address, the survey link and the guy at the bottom) It turned out not to be dodgy. It was all about programme classifications... You just can't be to careful these days though!

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  # 239619 28-Jul-2009 11:03
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I think the best way to tell is the content of the survey, as you've discovered. I think it's a bad move these days to use outside agencies for these kinds of surveys, we don't know who to trust. I guess, they all do it though and the scammers rely on that.

I'll fill out a survey though, assuming it's legit. Once it starts asking for too much personal info I'd flag it.

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  # 239709 28-Jul-2009 13:34
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I think it's fine to use outside agencies, but where possible they should be hosted on SKY TV's domain. Might defeat the purpose slightly, but the agency will still need to analyse data

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  # 239902 28-Jul-2009 19:33
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It would be trivial to have a CNAME dns record point something like to the 3rd party server/service.

IT skill/knowledge fail.

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