A Quick Lesson for Spammers

No one will open your attached messages.  Claiming to be from the FBI or some other government agency and sending the message to 100 or more recipients will not make me believe your message is legit. Don’t insult my intelligence this way.   At least try to fool me.  Put some effort into it.  

Jeez.

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All About My Kid Today

It’s my teen girl’s birthday.  Not just any birthday, but her 18th.  She doesn’t see it as a big deal, but I do.  She is a big deal and has been since day one.   She inspires me, makes me laugh, infuriates me, and gives me hope for this world’s future.

Happy birthday, J.  And thank you for everything!  You are my heart, honey.

The Better Business Bureau Dispute Phishing Email is Still Out There

Oy, they just don’t stop, do they?  Instead of sending the typical job, delivery, bank, or inheritance message, these scammers are using the an organizational name and logo to trick victims into compliance.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been around for years, and no one wants a bad report floating around for potential customers or partners to see.  Scammers know it, and are sending messages to any and every home and small business owner out there.   This is what I received:

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From: Jmchuree@aol.com ( likely an innocent victim, but better safe than sorry)

Subject:  Your Urgent Response Is Required

To whom it may concern:

Re: Case # 727760572255

The Better Business Bureau would like to inform you, that one of your clients has recently submitted to us a claim relative to their dealings with you. Please use the link below to carefully read the information about the complaint: http://www.bbb.org/

In order to save your time and good customer relations, we encourage you to let the BBB know about your position in this matter in writing by January 31, 2012 . Your unwillingness to promptly pay attention to this issue may affect the Reliability Report we give to consumers about your company.

We hope to hear from you shortly.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Jones

Dispute Counselor
snieves@utah.bbb.org

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Trademarks | Find a BBB | BBB Directory
© 2012 Council of Better Business Bureaus

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If you receive this message, The BBB advises you to delete it from your inbox and again from your trash.  Better safe than sorry.

 

It’s That Time of Year – Fake IRS Notices Are Out and About

It amazes me when I think of how much spammers put into their schemes.  They harvest emails, but they can do that fairly easily with software, a purchase, or a hack into a legitimate mailing list.  It takes a certain level of intelligence and arrogance to think people will fall victim to their charms and shell out their cash.  I’ll admit, I’ve fallen for scams before, but those entailed finding work.  Some of the newer crop of scams are different.  They give the appearance of coming from an authority figure of some kind such as a police department or the IRS.

This time a year a lot of people are thinking about filing those tax returns and dreaming of spending that Taxmas cash.  The scammers know it and are targeting any and everyone who may file.   This is the goodie I received today:

From: IRS.gov (messageid91208@irs.gov)

Subject:  Tax Notification for (insert email address here)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) United States Department of the Treasury After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive your tax return.

Due to invalid account records we were unable to credit your account. Please submit a verified tax return request as soon as possible. Your tax return request form is attached to this email.

After you submit the tax return request, please allow us 4 to 12 working days in order to process it.

Regards,

Internal Revenue Service

January 17th, 2012 (6:38:56 p.m.)

Document Reference: (8945776449).

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And of course, there’s an attachment I’m supposed to download, complete, and send to them.  Using an irs.gov email address is a smart move on their part, but what they don’t realize is that people do not fall easily for suspicious emails when it comes to the government or the bank.  I know I would check it out another way before I downloaded anything.

To make it easier for people to check out the claims, the IRS has posted notification of the scam and clarify how they operate.   The IRS does not contact taxpayers by email and has asked that anyone receiving the fraudulent message forward it to phishing@irs,gov.  While no one really likes paying taxes, people like being ripped off by criminals less.

Be safe and Happy Taxmas!

Another military shipping scam and news about my diplomatic luggage

Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a two-fer of scams for you today.

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I military shipping scams are just low.  Here’s the newest one that showed up:

Remember, grammatical errors and theirs and may be painful to read.

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From: US Army395th CCSB (us.troops@us.army.mil)

Subject: You Will Benefit A Lot From This (Please Read and Respond Quickly)

Hi,I am Cpt.Jean Hall an officer of the U.S Army, and I have some items I will need to ship to you.Can you be trusted to handle some serious and confidential transactions? Please contact me asap
Cpt.Hall
uscpt.jhallhr@att.net
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“Capt. Hall” kept it short and sweet, and made sure to not share much as far as incriminating information.  Sickening.
In addition to this lovely scam, I was informed about the status of my diplomatic luggage.  Uh, last time I checked, I was not working as a diplomat.  Ever.   Let me check now.   No, still not a diplomat.  It didn’t stop Sir David Robert Verney from telling me how to proceed.
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From:  International Monetary Committees (davidrobert1946@aol.com)
Subject:  Delivery of Your Boxes Tagged Diplomatic Luggage 122.
To Your Attention;

On behalf of the board and management of International Monetary Committees (IMC). London, UK. I Sir David Robert Verney, the Operations Manager wishes to inform you that your boxes tagged diplomatic luggage 122 with Ref: No1226/X42/206 which was deposited in our vault for safe keeping is due for Immediate collection. Be informed that we have concluded all arrangements to deliver your consignment at your doorstep through diplomatic means. In line with the binding diplomatic consignment delivery policies, kindly furnish us with the following as set forth.

A copy of your international passport or any other means of identification as the true consignee .

The address where the above cargo/funds should be delivered to and your phone number.

List the nearest international airport to your address location.

Meanwhile, we urge you to treat the above requirement with utmost urgency to enable us dispense our duties and obligation accordingly thereby allowing us to serve you in a timely fashion. Upon satisfactory receipt of all the above mentioned, you Will be further acquainted with the detailed delivery itinerary including information of the diplomat who will accompany your boxes.

We pledge our best service at all times.

Yours Faithfully
Sir David Robert Verney
Foreign Operations Manager

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Oy.   I say keep the messages coming.  The more they share, the more I’ll share.  Slimeballs.
Yes, I called them slimeballs.  I’m grouchy without my coffee.
Peace.

If at first your scam does not succeed, tweak it. But it still won’t succeed.

A new day brings a new scam, but this one isn’t entirely new.   A twist on the Nigerian scam is making the rounds.  Instead of an official making contact, a satisfied client sends the target a message filled with testimonials of how they struggled to receive funds and how Mr. Insert-official’s-name-here helped him or her receive the promised money.   “Mrs. Lisa Jones” wrote to me to let me know the promise of funds is real, and Barr. Fred Daniels is the one I should trust.  I know better, and so should everyone else.

As always, the typos and grammatical errors are straight from the message:

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From:  Mrs. Lisa Jones (info@lee.com)

Subject:  What You Need to Know About Your Fund

Attention: Beneficiary,

I am Mrs Lisa Jones, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows.108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Barr.Fred Daniels , who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00. Moreover, Barr.Fred Daniels, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Barr.Fred Daniels. You have to contact him directly on this information below.

JOAKIN COMPENSATION HOUSE
Name : Barr.Fred Daniels
Email: barrfreddaniels@yahoo.com

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Barr.Fred Daniels was just $320 for the paper works, take note of that.Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Barr.Fred Daniels so that he can help you to Transfer your Fund into your account, instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs.  Lisa Jones

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That’s right people, all others are liars.  Lisa and Fred are the only ones you can trust.  You know, these scammers are beginning to remind me of political candidates.   But that lot is full of scammers of another kind.

Be safe and be careful.

Peace.

Fake Job and Loan Offers and Paypal Account Issues, Too

Sigh. I should know better than to check my spam folder on weekends. I have the trifecta of scams sitting there. It started with several fake job offers, with each email sillier than the previous one.

Let’s start with an offer from Mr. Paul Wynter (wynter.paul1997@att.net), an artist from the United Kingdom. Apparently Americans and Canadians want to pay him with Cashier’s Checks and he needs someone to cash them and wire the balance:

From Mr. Paul Wynter
553 East Trent Blvd.,
London,SE1 7TJ
London, United Kingdom.
Tel.+44-702-306-8775

E-mail: wynter.paul1997@live.com
http://www.londonart.co.uk/sales/index.aspx

Hello Friend,

Good day to you, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, My name is Paul Wynter. I am an artist by profession, I’m a British man and I base in London United Kingdom UK, I am married with three kids. I got your email address on the America Chamber of Commerce and I decided to contact you. Actually I’m looking for a representative in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,USA. I have a job offer that will earn you at least $1,400.00 every week, this job offer will not stop you from your daily job, and the job offer is thus:

Most of my customers are AMERICANS and CANADIANS, and they all want to pay me with Cashier’s Check, and it is always very hard me to cash the cashier’s check here in London United Kingdom UK, because the British Government does not permit the usage of cashier’s check here in United Kingdom. So, I decided to search for a reliable and honest person in AMERICA to help me in cashing the cashier’s checks and send me physical cash here in London UK. I have so many customers in AMERICA and CANADA and If you are interested, You will be earning at least $1,400.00 every week as 10% commission as my AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE. This job offer will not affect your present work, all I need from you is honesty and trust, kindly send me the information’ below and I will have my customers send the cashier’s check to you immediately:

MAIN REQUIREMENTS
18 years or older legally capable responsible ready to work 3-4 hours per week.with PC knowledge e-mail and internet experience(minimal) And please know that Everything is absolutely legal, that’s why You have to fill a contract form below,

* Full Name:
* Full Address:
* Company Name ( if there is any):
* Professional/Job Position:
* Phone Number:
* Bank Name ( Optional)

If you are interested in our offer, Please respond with the above details in order for us to reach you, ONLY SERIOUS AND INTERESTED APPLICANTS/WORKERS SHOULD PLEASE REPLY INTERESTED APPLICANTS ONLY, SHOULD MAIL ME DIRECTLY VIA ( wynter.paul1997@live.com ) Due to the network problem you may receive this email in your spam folder kindly forward it to your in-box before replying to this email.

You won’t spend any money in this job offer not even a dime, consider this job offer and reply back to me with the above details.

Thanks as I await your immediate response.
Regards,
Managing Director: Mr. Paul Wynter

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So, Paul, why should your marital and parental statuses matter to a potential employee? Oh yes, because it makes you seem more legit and less like a criminal because you have kids. Whatever. Try again. Better yet, call it a day and get a legit job.

Next up is the loan offer from Mr. James Preston (jamespresto1@blumail.org). The grammar in this one may make your head hurt:

Subject: USA LOAN APPLY NOW
Our Loan unit deal Legitimate Loans without collateral at the low interest rate of 2% with maximum guarantee and assurance.If you are in need of a loan, We will like you to let Us know how much you need as loan in your
next email so that i can provide you Our loan conditions for the processing of your application.

BORROWERS INFORMATION

(1) Full Name:
(2) Permanent Address
(3) Sex & Age:
(4) Occupation
(5) Country
(6) Amount Needed
(7) Loan Duration:
(8) Monthly Income
(9) Valid Telephone/Fax
(10) Purpose of seeking Loan:

Mr. James Preston

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Funny, he didn’t ask for my bank account number and Social Security number. Those requests will come in the follow up email or application. Not falling for it, James.

And the Paypal scam. We’ve all received them and happily forward them to spoof@paypal.com. But until I forward it, I decided to share. Just in case you or someone you know receives a similar message and are not sure how to proceed:

Subject: Warning! Your PayPal account has been limited!

Warning Notification

Dear PayPal Costumer,

It has come to our attention that your PayPal® account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. Please update your records before January 08, 2012.

Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal® account activity will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Click here to update your PayPal account information

Copyright © 1999-2011 PayPal. All rights reserved.
Information about FDIC pass-through insurance

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You would think the scammer would at least try to spoof a Paypal return address. Must be a newbie.

Be safe, all.

Yeah, sure this is a legit job offer.

A downside of posting resumes on sites like Monster.com is the possibility of scammers getting in touch with their bogus offers.   Sometimes they take the chance that you might be listed and send bogus offers anyway.  I received a doozy of an ‘offer’ today and had to share.

The exclamation point abuse, spelling, and grammar issues are theirs.

From:  marutisuzukiindia.ltd@w.cn via rediffmail.com

Subject:  Dear Applicant!!!!

MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)
Head Office Maruti Suzuki,
India Limited Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.
Email: marutisuzukiindia.ltd@w.cn

REF: “MARUTI SUZUKI” DIRECT RECRUITMENT’S OFFER. Your Resume has been selected from WWW.MONSTER.COM andSHINE.COM for our new plant. The Company selected 62 candidates list for Senior Engineer, IT, Administration, Production, marketing and general service Departments, It is our pleasure to inform you that your Resume was selected as one of the 62 candidates shortlisted for the interview. The Company SUZUKI is the best Manufacturing Car Company in India, The Company is recruiting the candidates for our new Plants in Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune and mumbai.Your interview will be held at The Company Corporate office in New Delhi on 7th Of january, at 11.30 AM, You will be pleased to know That The 62 candidates selected 55 candidates will be giving appointment, Meaning that your Application can progress to final stage. You have to come in our Company corporate office in New Delhi. Your offer letter with Air Ticket will be sent to you by courier before date of interview. The Company can offer you a salary with benefits for this post 62, 000/- to 200, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits. The designation and Job Location will be fixing by Company HRD. At time of final process. You have to come with original photo-copies of all required documents below.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE COMPANY HRD.
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1) Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
2) Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
3) Photo-copies of Address Proof
4) Two Passport Size Photograph.
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And kindly send to us the below via email :
1.Name:
2.Address:
3.Mobile
4.Sex:
5.Age:
6.Occupation:

You have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount in favor of our company accountant name in charges to collect your payment. Department. For Rs. 15,200/- (Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred Rupees) through any [STATE BANK OF INDIA] OR [ICICI BANK] Branch from your Home City to our Company accountant name in charges. Account NO, which will be sending to you upon your response. This is a refundable interview security. Your offer letter with Air tickets will be sent to your Home Address by courier after receiving the confirmation of interview security deposited in any of the STATE BANK OF INDIA OR ICICI BANK. This Company will pay all the expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in Company. The Job profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be mention in your offer letter. Your offer letter will dispatch very shortly after receiving your confirmation of cash deposited in STATE BANK OF INDIA OR ICICI BANK. We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and remaining stage. The last date of security deposited in bank 5th Of January 2012 you have to give the information after deposited the security amount in bank to The Company HRD -direct recruitment via email. Your Letter with supporting document will be dispatch same time by courier to your postal address after receipt of security deposited confirmation in bank. The interview process and arrangement expenditure will be paid by SUZUKI COMPANY. Lodging, traveling and local conveyance actual will be paid by SUZUKI COMPANY as per bills. The candidate has to deposit the initial refundable security fee as mentioned by HRD.NB: You are advice to reconfirm your mailing address and phone number in your reply. And Rs. 15,200/- (Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred Rupees) will be the refundable amount, as 200 rupees will be deducted as bank charges for funds deposit. And if you are been selected or not, still the amount will be refunded to you, as the amount is just to prove that you will be coming for the interview in order for us not to run at lost after sending you the air ticket and you don’t show up on the day of interview. Wishing you the best of lucks.

Regards,

Shinzo James
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director,
Phone: +911132081255+918447889138 (official use)
MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)

Follow Rediff Deal ho jaye! to get exciting offers in your city everyday.

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Not only do these crooks want my information and identification, they also want me to make a deposit before I can collect.  And to top it off, the want me to subscribe to some exciting offer website.   Yeah, I’m going to fall for that one.  I think they think I’m desperate and clueless.

Be safe and well.  Delete this crap.

Until next time, peace.

Contact Nigeria Western Union and pickup your US$5000 daily. Are they kidding me?

This is just sad.  If you fall for this one, I hurt for you.  This is a textbook scam example.

From:  Hon (Mrs).  K .  Andem (admin@mmproje.local)

Subject:  Contact Nigeria Western Union and pickup your US$5000 daily.

Attention Beneficiary.

RE: Western union Regional office Final Notification on Pending Payments.

This is to officially notify you that the payment reconciliation Committee has reviewed your payment file and issued payment authorization order to the Special Transfer Unit (WUMT-STU) Nigeria to immediately start transferring your daily $5000 twice a day until your total amount of $1.500, 000 USD being part payment of your fund, compensation/ poverty allevation progamme is paid in full.

This is to bring to your notice that Western Union Nigeria has taking over all payment from Africa/ Europe, America and Asia counties etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance, Lottery Winning prize, Atm Debit cards, henceforth commercial banks, Security Companies,ATM Credit and Debit Union including any offshore payment centres are no more authorized to handle release of funds.

This gazette was released after an 2 hours joint meeting of Western Union International and joint committee of IMF/United Nation, Central Bank Governors and US Embassy. This resolution was championed by the US Embassy due to the numerous complaints levied by American nationals whose payments has been seized, held or delayed due to numerous taxes and fees. We have now resolved the hitches and you are advised to contact the Western Union Money Transfer Unit NIGERIA for the re-instatement of your payment file. He will be giving you further directives to this regards.

We apologies for the inconveniencies you might have had before while in the quest to receive your fund and we assure you that the problem has been resolved and you can now receive your fund without further delay through our Special Transfer Unit. Contact the director immediately on the contact information below and you are mandated to round up with your re-instatement of your fund within 7 days. This takes immediate effect from today.

Any  beneficiary that do not comply to this directive within the stipulated time frame(7 days) will not blame anyone for non-payment as non processed payment files will be referred back to the Federal reserve account as unclaimed payment.

Contact  Mr.John Mark immediately with the below co-ordinates.

Direct phone line is: +234 7039868045
Western Union Manager: Mr.John Mark
Email:( western.union0@kimo.com)

Payment Information.

MTCN :_______________  660980 #### Tell him to give you the remaining 4 digits
Sender’s Name:_________Angela Ann Johnson
Amount Sent___________ $5000.00 USD
City:—————————- Lagos
Country:_______________ Nigeria

Ask Mr.John Mark to give you the remaining 4 digits number for you to pick up your $5000 he sent to you, he will be sending $5000 twice daily  until he  finish sending the total amount to you which is $1500.000.00 USD, (One Million Five Hundred Thousands Dollars),

We agree that you will pay $280 to them for deduction Approval document to enable them deduction all charges, as they don’t have the power to deduct any charges from your money without the deduction approval document from the Supreme Court of Nigeria, this is the new law in NIGERIA as the  government has stopped beneficiaries from paying much before receiving their fund.

You have just Seven (7) days to process your payment file.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Yours in service.

Hon. (Mrs) K. Andem
Chairperson: Payment Reconciliation Board
AFRO-ASIA Chapter.UN-IMF.

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Oy.  Be safe, all.