My inbox is full lately. The spammers are ramping up their efforts through the holiday season because they think we’ll fall for the strange offers and notifications because of holiday brain. Let’s prove them wrong.
In addition to the usual lottery and job scams, missed Skype, YouTube, and Facebook messages are the main topics. The messages are short and include a link to the fake site the scammer wants you to log in on.
Here are some of the ones I’ve received.
From: Skype Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Delayed mails bagged
View mails (link removed).
From: YouTube Notify (email@example.com)
Subject: You have deferred mails embodying
You have deferred mail.
View mails (link removed).
From: Youtube (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: You have missed notifications proved
You have missed notification.
View notifications (link removed).
Very truly yours
From: Facebook Notify (email@example.com)
Subject: Hi. You have deferred mails underlining.
View mails (link removed).
If you receive a similar message, please don’t click the link. Open the site in a new window and login there.
I expect to find unsolicited job offers with attached files, but this is the first time I’ve received a resume attachment. No, I did not open the attachment and, for safety reasons, you shouldn’t either.
From: Sulema Rosaro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: My Resume
I noticed your website today Tue, 24 Nov 2015 and found it very attractive.
I was hoping there was any possibility of internship or unpaid trial period, just to prove my competence.
As you will see in my attached resume, I am very qualified and have a very large experience in this type of work. I am very confident it will be worth your time reading it, and I am even more confident you will find me very adequate in your corporation.
Please see my attached resume.
I am very much looking forward to hearing from you.
Rambler.ru is hosted in Russia. That aside, the vague wording of the email does not compel me to download anything, but someone else might. Be careful. Tis the season for intensified scamming.
Oy. Once again, someone is seeking to separate people from their money by offering money. The United Nations does not donate money to random individuals, but that does not keep spammers from sharing it. And people still fall for it regularly. The lure of free money in any economy trumps critical thinking at times.
The grammatical errors are straight from the email itself.
From: United Nations (email@example.com) Note: I didn’t realize the UN used Msn.com email addresses
Subject: Message from United Nations
You have been selected as one the beneficiries to receive the sum of $5,000 from the United Nation. This is as part of the ongoing annual monetary donation disbursed by the United Nations to selected lucky individuals from the 36 member state of the United Nations. While some beneficiaries of this gesture receives the sum of $1,000 some are much more luckier to receive as much as $50,000 depending on which group the recipient was picked from. The United Nations each year disbursed well over $100,000,000 to different individual beneficiaries across the governing States of the United Nations. The motive of this donation is to provide financial empowerment to enable beneficiaries meet their immediate family and economic needs.It also provide an enterprises that will boost their economic and consumption activities and help reduce their vulnerability and widespread poverty. It also aimed to improve the health of their families,and/or take on new activities that will enhance their standard of living. The United Nations has successfully empowered more than 20,000 selected beneficiaries across the world since 2010. All the lucky beneficiaries were selected randomly through email balloting from over one million emails extracted from the the web. All payment has been approved to be disbursed to the different beneficiaries through a cashier cheque. To receive your check,please be advised to contact the payment processing agent,Mr Mark Adams immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org for further detailing. Sincerely, Ms.Agnes Spensar Public Relation officer United Nations Organization(UNO) New York, NY 10017, United States
When the UN comes out and states that these types of messages are fraudulent, you’d think the scammers would try something different. It’s shameful, pathetic, and scummy.
This post from Ever So Gently says exactly how I feel about the new, formal recognition of Fibromyalgia by the health care industry. It’s a good read.
I’ve been excited about this news: On October 1, 2015, fibromyalgia was finally officially recognized as an official diagnosis in the new ICD-10 list of codes being adopted across the U.S. This is the beginning of the medical community being forced to take a look at what Fibromyalgia sufferers have long known: that what we endure is a real medical condition and is biologically based deserving of its own unique, individual, singular diagnostic code.
We are now, in the new system, able to use the diagnostic code: “Fibromyalgia (M79.7).”
Until now the ICD-9 list of diagnostic codes has NOT listed a specific code for Fibromyalgia. Instead doctors have been using “Myalgia and myositis, unspecified (729.1),” which includes any disorder causing muscle pain or inflammation. As we sufferers have long known, muscle pain and inflammation are a big part of Fibromyalgia but are only part of it, and there is so much more to this…
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If you want me to believe your offer is legitimate, try harder to convince me.
From: Anne (email@example.com)
Subject: Legit Business offer if interested
Pardon me if I invaded your privacy, I am Mrs. Anne Faye Sakura from Hong Kong. However I understand the insecure nature of soliciting for business on the internet, unfortunately I have no other option than to search for credible foreign collaboration to partner with me in the actualization of a viable and profitable business venture.
All arrangements will be made under a legitimate framework. Full details will be disclosed to you on your expression of interest, I look forward to doing good business with you.
Does this information make you want to know more about her offer? It makes me want to click delete as soon as I read it – if I get past the subject line. And we’re supposed to believe that she cannot find a business partner in Hong Kong? Whatever, Anne.
Be safe and smart, people.
This guy. Four emails in five days. Persistence is not a sign of legitimacy. The messages ares shared in full (with the exception of the attachments) with the spelling and grammatical errors included.
From: Chung Hong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Am writing to you on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian. My name is Chung Hong, and I am bank executive here at the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Hong Kong Branch. My friend Mr. Chen Shui-Bian has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Chen Shui-Bian is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out and this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. ChenPlease read Attached for full details and get back to me
From: Chung Hong (email@example.com) Note: Notice the different email address?
Subject: Read and get back to me
Mr. Chen Shui-Bian is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out and this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. Chen. Please read attached for full detals and get back to me.
From: Chung Hong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian
I am writing to you on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian. My name is Chung Hong, and I am bank executive here at the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Hong Kong Branch. Our bank website is http://www.icbcasia.com. My friend Mr. Chen Shui-Bian has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Chen Shui-Bian is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out and this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. Chen. Please read attached for full detals and get back to me.
From: Chung Hong (email@example.com)
I am writing to you on behalf of Mr. Chen Shui-Bian. My name is Chung Hong, and I am bank executive here at the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Hong Kong Branch. My friend Mr. Chen Shui-Bian has presented a subtle offer which will need the help of a partner like you to complete successfully. Mr. Chen Shui-Bian is in a difficult situation and he must immediately relocate certain sums of money out and this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. ChenPlease read Attached for full details and get back to me
If you’re not sure if a message or offer like this is legitimate, this bit should say it all:
…this must be done in such a way that it must not be tied to Mr. Chen.
If the money or offer is legitimate, there should be no reason why a transfer cannot be tied to the one transferring it. And did he really think I’d open his attached message? Whatever strange person with the fraudulent and illegal offer.
Have you heard from Chung Hong or Chen Shui-Bian?
If you telecommute, you may have to send copies of your identification to your new employer. Hopefully before you take this step, you’ve done the research, been interviewed, and have a firm offer of employment or a contact. If someone like “Andrew Okai” asks for you identification so you can split ill-gotten gains, don’t do it. This type of offer is not legitimate in any way and it’s illegal.
From: Andrew Okai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: Deal
RE: INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROPOSAL.
Andrew Okai is my name. the Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana,Ltd.
This year, I have been able to offset most Overdue
contract sums owed by the Government of Ghana to Foreign contractors in
2013-2014 . In the process of these payments, I discovered through investigation
that my late colleague who passed on May 2015 secretly secured ($USD 15,000,000.00) in the bank (ESCROW ACCOUNT) but was unable to conclude the transaction before his sudden death. The fund originated from the balance of over-invoiced sum and
inflated government contracts of which the principal sum had been paid to foreign contractors that executed their Oil contracts here in Ghana in 2013-2014
This fund is now floating in a suspense account of our bank escrow and will be moved by telegraphic transfer within 48
hours of perfection of your account coordinates.
I have concluded all necessary Arrangements for the TRANSFER of the money to an account .Contacting you on this became imperative to the fact that, the transfer cannot be effected without a second party account and receiving Bank Code and SWIFT numbers.
Therefore, what is required from you is Trust, Confidentiality and Honesty. No
travel is required, I will forward an account where my share will be further transferred to when the funds reaches your bank in your country. At the moment i can only give information that are reasonable to assist this business without failure of any nature. Our sharing terms goes like this (60% to me, 40% to you)
If interested Please, send detail information as below,
1 your full names______________________
2,your 24hrs phone no.______________________
7,Scan copy of your passport__________________
Please reply accordingly if you are interested as i furnish you with further information
Thanking you in advance for your understanding and acceptance to assist for our both mutual benefit.
Don’t send anyone a scan of your passport, Social Security card, or any other identification unless you know who you’re dealing with. And even then, make sure it’s an entity with a legitimate and verifiable history. Be safe!
Have you received a similar offer? How often? From the same person? Share.
Another day, another notification of winnings. Jack Phillip – or Dr. Willy Scott – wants to start sending me my winnings. I didn’t enter a lottery, but he thinks I’ll jump on this and give up my information because free money. Guess again. I know better.
From: jack phillip (email@example.com)
Subject: here is the MTCN=1047395860,
This is to inform you that we want to start sending your winning lottery
money today and you can only be receiving 5000 dollars two times daily
from your winning funds through the appointed western union agent.note that you will pay 78 dollars only to the western union agent for your transferring file account.
Today your first payment has been made for you from the paying
Bank and here is the MTCN=1047395860,the full information can not be
give to you now due to for some security reasons and it applies you
must contact the western union agent immediately with your full
Kindly provide the below information to western union agent
Your full name
The appointed western union will be waiting to hear from you
No. XXXXXXXXX (phone number edited by me)
$5,000 twice a day? And I only have to send in $78 to set it up? Puhlease! Can you imagine how much this crook makes with just 10 responses a day? Don’t give anyone money for money.
Did you receive a similar message? Tell me about it.