I wonder sometimes what goes through a spammer’s head. Is it all about the numbers or do they put more thought into the traps they set? Take this gem I received yesterday –
From: Sheila Treu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You have a bank draft of $800.000.00 USD which await outstanding payment of $50 USD.You need to Contact Mr.Rudy Johnson with this Email Address: email@example.com
Did “Shiela’ think I would not notice the yahoo.com.hk return address used for bank correspondence? Or did she just send the message to hundreds or thousands of inboxes, hoping just 1-2% of them respond for additional information and each send in the $50 payment? How many people blow $50 on a night out? How many of them will take the chance just in case this one isn’t a scam?
Anytime they ask for a deposit in order to receive funds that are supposed to be yours, it’s a scam. And no bank or government agency uses Yahoo for business purposes. Not even to hide their intentions because they ‘feel they have to contact you before it’s too late.’
Check this one out. It’s along the same lines as the first, but does not mention payment for the release of funds. My notes are italicized.
From: Trudy Strickland (firstname.lastname@example.org) [BTW, this domain does not exist]
Subject: ACH Transfer Failure Notice
This notification is mailed to you with regard to the ACH transfer (ID: 891338641038) that you or any other person recently sent from your banking account.
The current status of the referred transaction is: failed due to the technical error. Please find more information in the report below:
http://atsilverlake.com/a536eb/index.html [Do not click this link – it contains malicious code]
2011 NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association
13450 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100
Herndon, VA 20171
This one might catch business owners off guard, and that’s what ‘Trudy’ intends. NACHA is a real organization and would not contact the business owner directly. The organizations and its clients are dealing with the fallout from these fraudulent messages. The organization posted a disclaimer and asks we forward these messages to them.
If there is a problem with a transaction, the bank would contact you, not the group responsible for managing the backbone of electronic payment systems. Did ‘Trudy’ think the fear of lost funds would make readers forget to stop and think before clicking?
They really should give up. Fewer people are falling victim to their scams by the day. Remember to share the spam and scams – the more we all know, the less they can hurt us and the sooner they’ll go away.