Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts
This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Scam makes no sense as why would someone you don't know leave you money? Why would a Solicitor (attorney) email you and not call? Why don't they even know your name? You are in the will, but no name? Makes no sense, but I am still worried someone will fall for this scam.
The email comes from email@example.com but they want you reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you not think an attorney firm would have their own email account / domain? Just silly at best.
Hope no one falls for it!
We are solicitors to the great Atlanta Physician and Philanthropists Mr.George Brumley.
I wish to notify you that he made you one of the beneficiaries of his estate.
You were nominated to him in his vision to expand his charity work, please respond with your names,contact address and telephone numbers.
Please get back to me via: email@example.com
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
1. They will get all your personal details, SS#, etc.. and steal your identity or
2. The most common is that you will have to wire them money to pay for taxes or fees prior to you receiving your money below.
Either way you will lose... Please remember there are no email prizes, email drawings, etc.. These are always a scam.
Email Subject: NOTICE: CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN
Email Return: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN
NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR FULL PAYMENT TO BE SEND TO YOU
THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER PAYMENT AND MONEY GRAM TRANSFER PAYMENT AS OUR NEW PAYMENT METHOD.YOUR PAYMENT WILL SENDING TO YOU BY WESTERN UNION. THE AMOUNT YOU WILL RECEIVE IS $29,300.00. AND AMOUNT YOU WILL RECEIVE PER DAY IS $5000.00USD.
THE CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN REPUBLIC WILL SEND YOU THE CURRENTLY
STANDARDS TRACKING DETAILS YOU NEED TO PICK UP YOUR ($29,300.00USD)PAYMENT BY WESTERN UNION, YOU WILL RECEIVE EVERYDAY TILL YOU RECEIVED YOUR TOTAL AMOUNT. NOW, NO NEED TO SEND YOU THIS FUNDS THROUGH A WAIRED TRANSFER BECUASE WE HAVE CHANGED OUR PAYMENT PROCESS AS EASY FOR THE PAYMENT OF OUR BENEFICIARIES.
THE DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATOR TRUST FUNDS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED YOUR
PAYMENT, NOW YOU ARE FREE TO COMPLY WITH THE OFFICE BELOW FOR THE PAYMENT.HOWEVER, KINDLY CONTACT THE BELOW PERSON WHO IS IN POSITION TO RELEASE YOUR PAYMENT BY WESTERN UNION PER $5000.00USD A DAY.
BANQUE ATLANTIQUE BENIN
WESTERN UNION DEPARTMENT
LOCATION: PLOT 1261, ADEOLA ZONE
DE FINANCE, 01BP 1260 COTONOU,
CONTACT PERSON: MR. ANTHONY WESSI
THE WESTERN UNION PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT YOUR PAYMENT AND YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(S) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT.NOTE THAT THE ADMINISTRATOR PAYMENT NEED THIS DETAILS FROM YOU TO PROCESS YOUR PAYMENT:
COMPLY NOW BECAUSE AS SOON AS YOU SEND THIS REQUIRED DETAILS, THEY WILL NOT HESITATE TO START SENDING YOUR FUND.
THANKS AND BE BLESS .
DR.MRS. OSMAN SULEIMAN.E
THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN
They want you to send email reply to email@example.com, but the email comes from firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a very common Nigerian Scam, please avoid these at all cost.
My names are Al-Hawshabi Karim , A Yemen national I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business.
Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends .
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have Distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan,they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Eighteen Million dollars($18,000,000,00) that I have with a Finance House Abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and despatch it to charity organizations.
N/B:KINDLY NOTE THAT you will take out 20% of this funds for your effort and time. I await your urgent response
Mr Al-Hawshabi Karim
I WOULD WANT YOU TO REACH ME VIA MY PRIVATE EMAIL IF
YOU ARE WILLING TO ASSIST ME. email@example.com
Monday, November 16, 2009
- eBay would never say in the subject of the email "you owe us" the "amount" or "please pay your fees" it is just rude on the surface and would never be sent from a company in that format.
- It starts off with "Dear eBay Seller" and not your user ID and email as registered with eBay. All official eBay emails will have your registered information as they actually know who you are.
- Email comes from eBay International AG, who is that?
- The whole message just reads wrong, so that should be the first sign it is a scam, but the attachment is the dead giveaway, and the most trouble.
eBay Invoice, you owe us $2250.67, please pay your fees!
Dear eBay Seller,
We have not yet received the payment for your eBay fees.
The total amount in listing fees that you have to pay is $2250.67.
As this is an over average not paid invoice we have attached and sent it directly to you by email so you can take it to your bank and have the money wired directly to our account or you can pay the invoice online on our website.
Invoice Date: November 11, 2009
Amount Due: $2250.67
You can review your current invoice details by downloading the attached invoice.
The eBay Invoice attached to this email contains all the details on how you managed to owe us such a large amount.
ATTENTION: If your payment is overdue and you do complete the payment in the next 5 working days we will suspend your eBay account. When your account is suspended, we notify you by email and tell you the reason. The same message appears in the Messages section of My eBay.
REMEMBER: We do not ask for your credit card details or password into an email. Be cautious of emails that ask you to submit personal information such as your credit card number or your eBay password. Some members have reported attempts to gain access to their personal information through email solicitations that are made to appear as having come from eBay. These solicitations will often contain links to Web pages that will request that you sign-in and submit information. At eBay, we identify these as 'spoofed' emails or Websites. Remember, eBay employees will never ask you for your password.
eBay International AG
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It is a very trying time with a bad economy and people more than ever really put hope into finding a job or career and it really stinks when you find a good advert for a job that sounds great and send your resume in hopes to get an interview only to find that it is all scam.
Good luck out there, use common sense and good judgment.
SCAM ALERT - affiliate scammers are posting bogus ads promising (nonexistent!) employment, paid research trials, or other compensation, but then notifying repliers that they'll need to jump through a hoop first, directing them to:
* background checking services
* credit checking or reporting sites
* sites where you are instructed to enter your resume or other personal information
* sites where you are asked to sign up for a "free" trial offer
* sites offering training or education
* sites offering a "system" for making money
* survey or focus group sites
* sites designed to deliver malware or misuse your identifying information
all in hopes of earning affiliate marketing commissions or otherwise profiting at the expense of persons seeking employment.
Lots of variations on this scam, but each generally involves dangling (nonexistent!) compensation, and then directing you to a website where you are asked to sign up for something, use your credit card, or input personal information such as your email address.
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the seven-member committee to fulfill Chairman Chung Mong-koo's promise to donate One trillion won (US$1.1 billion) to charity, contingent to a suspension early this month of his three-year prison sentence for embezzlement and breach of trust.The ruling meant that the 69-year-old chairman will not be thrown back into jail as long as he remains clean during the next five years.. In suspending the prison sentence, the Seoul High Court ordered Chung to fulfill the pledge of donations.Chung, want this money used for the protection of the environment and to build art and cultural facilities..
click below for further information.
(Removed For Safety)
As one of the final recipients of this Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal,education and business development. The Hyundai Company is the world's largest shipbuilder and 6th largest automaker and owns Hyundai Group,the parent company for all Hyundai Motor. The company has decided to randomly select email addresses that would benefit from this donation.Based on the random selection exercise of internet service providers(ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from Hyundai Group.
You are required to expeditiously Contact the head of committee (HOC) below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims,from Monday through Sunday. On contact with head of committee (HOC),You'll be given your payment pin number which you will use in collecting the funds.Please endeavor to quote your pin number QN(HM-145-5611) in all discussions.
Head of committee: Mrs. Teoh Zabedah
Email: (Removed For Safety)
On behalf of the seven-member committee kindly accept our warmest congratulations
Common scam... the recipient will be asked to contact the head of the committee (comittee sic) and eventually asked to send money to cover fees or taxes before receiving your funds. Of course you will need to wire transfer the funds, and you will never see the funds again, nor the prize. In order to make these scams sound more real, the scammer will use real news reports, and links to real sites/companies or events. Avoid all prizes / wins that come via email, they are all scams.