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Skype Closing March 15 Scam?

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Novel Adventurer

I basically got this message forwarded to me from 2 of my friends. English (Google Translate): Hi, this is a message from the creator of Skype and tell you a little about what will happen to Skype on 15 March. Please do not send it back to the person you received it from. Dear members of Skype, Skype will be closed on 15 March, because it gets very crowded. There were many users complain that Skype will be very slow. Records show that there are a lot of active Skype users, as well as many new members. We will send this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using Copy + Paste to show that they are still active. * Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all your friends, to show that they are still active and not deleted. The founder of Skype .. Be sure to send it Tod..


I wasn't thinking straight and sent it to about 12 people until my friend said something like "This message doesn't look right" Okie. I read that I'm safe from this scam unless I reply OR forward it to people. Well, the 2 friends that forwarded it to me, I replied saying "This is a scam, delete/remove the message" but they are both offline. And 8 people of the 12 I sent it to. Are originally offline, so they didn't even SEE the message before I removed it (I went into each peoples thing and removed the message) meaning, only 4 people of the 12 wear online. Well 3 people I KNOW didn't see it because they just leave their Skype on without doing anything. Meaning basically only 1 person out of 12 saw the scam. And I still safe? Even if only 4 out of 12 people were online, and 1 out of the 4 actually saw it? Am I still safe even if I removed ALL the messages? Or do I still have to worry about scanning my laptop and changing my passwords for everything?

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Novel Adventurer

Recent Update:  


I just did 2 antivirus scans. One for basic stuff and the other for Virus and Spyware. They both came up clean. I'm still tempted to do that Windows Defender Scan just in case but that just takes about 6 hours for me. Sorry I'm panicing about this but I've been scammed way too many times on my old Laptop when I saw younger and I don't want it to happen again.

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This is a known scam and phishing attempt.  They could also be "farming" for valid or active Skype account names.  Block/Report as Abuse or if sent via e-mail, blacklist the sender's domain as spam.

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Novel Tourist
This was a scam nobody forward this message
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