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Breathe users => F1internet?

Doctor_Wibble

Top Member
This isn't exactly recent, but I don't remember seeing it posted/linked anywhere else... (either that or I can't work the search properly)

I found this 'on my travels' - it's a post from a concerned breathe user who received an email suggesting that they upgrade their dialup or perhaps they would like to upgrade to broadband. All provided by F1internet.

Original posting found here dated either 6th July (or maybe 7th June, depending how you read it).

For the hard of clicking, it goes like this:
Hello,
It seems you haven't yet upgraded to the new Internet access services,
and as a result you aren't yet benefiting from all the free speed and
function improvements we have recently made.
(...snip...)
Visit <http://www.f1internet.com/> to learn more.
(...snip...)
(broadband) Access packages start from 18.35 (ex VAT) and we can supply a new modem, delivered direct to your door.
Visit <http://adsl.f1internet.com/> to learn more.
And the master stroke
f1internet.com is operated by Brokers Ltd.
The poster closes with the following somewhat revealing remarks:
I don't know who F1internet are, I've never been in contact with them before, either. The e-mail of the sender is: admin@f1internet.com
My ISP is Breathe, and when I get my bill I get it from: ebilling@breathe.com, nothing about F1 internet at all...
The e-mail comes with an 886byte .ins file called f1internet.ins I assume it patches my dialer or summit.
Any breathe users out there care to confirm this? Apologies for any old-hattyness but it might be relevant to (ahem) other things going on right now.
 

The Yeti

Regular Member
Hmm. Never had contact from this company.
It sounds like a scam, particularly as they ask for your username & password.

The breathe homepage http://www.breathe.com/ makes no mention of any of this, and have their own (expensive) broadband packages.

You could open the .ins file with notebook & see inside.
 

FireFly

ISP Rep
The Yeti said:
Hmm. Never had contact from this company.
It sounds like a scam, particularly as they ask for your username & password.

The breathe homepage http://www.breathe.com/ makes no mention of any of this, and have their own (expensive) broadband packages.

You could open the .ins file with notebook & see inside.

Several ISPs were hit with this email (including one of our own) and it was total BS.

It was an attempt by whoever is behind F1Internet to hijack 0845 minutes away from other ISPs. Thankfully we blocked new attempts from them and removed every unopened mail they sent reducing the impact.

There's a news item here about it.
 

Doctor_Wibble

Top Member
Thanks people - just wanted confirmation that this wasn't a false alarm.
I never personally saw the '.ins' file so couldn't verify the contents but the number in it would most likely match the number quoted in the email body.

Didn't spot the news article - I shall consider myself duly chastised for not paying attention.
(quick search later - D'oh! found it...)

Of course the question remains of where the address list came from.

It would be most interesting to see which ISPs were hit, and what proportion of their userbase was targeted.
 
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