Fake Facebook, YouTube, and Skype missed notifications

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.

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From:  Skype Team (dissentsyq71@schesslitz.de)

Subject:  Delayed mails bagged

Delayed mail.

View mails (link removed).

Cordially,

Skype team

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From:  YouTube Notify (globh@proderm.de)

Subject: You have deferred mails embodying

You have deferred mail.

View mails (link removed).

Warm wishes,

Youtube Team

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From:  Youtube (drh@styl-pack.fr)

Subject:  You have missed notifications proved
You have missed notification. 

View notifications (link removed)

Very truly yours

Youtube service

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From:  Facebook Notify (drh@styl-pack.fr)

Subject:  Hi.  You have deferred mails underlining.

View mails (link removed).

Best regards

Facebook service

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If you receive a similar message, please don’t click the link.  Open the site in a new window and login there.

Be safe.

 

 

 

 

 

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An indecent proposal from Liza Wong

Even though multiple reports about scammers offering something for nothing are in the news, people still fall for them.  Whether the offers come from ‘bank officers’ or ‘soldiers’ stationed overseas, it is rare for someone to randomly offer to share found riches with them.  Donations to worthy causes are not what I refer to.  Those are amazing and I thank those generous souls daily.  I’m specifically talking about people like “Liza Wong” who contact multiple people with the offer to share in unclaimed funds.

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From:  Liza Wong (lizawong162@gmail.com and a protected Outlook.com email address)

Subject: Re: My Proposal

<>I am Ms. Liza Wong the Head of Accounting Audit Department of HSBC BANK (HSBC)in Malaysia. In my department in the Bank where i work, I discovered a sum of $85.5 Million USD In an account that belongs to one of our foreign deceased customers, a billionaire Business Mogul Late Mr.Moises Saba Masri, a Jew from Mexico who was a victim of a helicopter crash since 2010 year.resulting to his death and his family members.

You can see more information about Saba Masri Mr.Moises unfortunate end accident on the website-link below. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3832556,00.html

Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come forth for the claim but nobody has done that SINCE 2010. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives,Which the Board of Directors are planing to share this funds among them-self. Which i have good heart to use this funds to help the poor and the motherless home.I seek your consent as my foreign business partner in this transaction to present you as the next of kin/Beneficiary to the deseased,so that the funds of this account valued at $85.5 Million usd can be paid to your local bank account in your country.Also this transaction is %100 free risk, because i have all the legal document with me to make this transaction possible, and the funds we be share 50/50 I want to use part of my funds to help orphanage and motherless child home And i dont know about you.

Please Provide me the following few information about you, as we have few days to run it through.

1, Your Full names:………………………..

 2, Your age:……………………..

 3, Your private phone number:……………

4, Your current country and residential address:……..

5, Your Occupation:…………………

Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, i will furnish you with more information on this business transaction once i get your respond back asap.

Best Regard

Ms Liza Wong<>

Don’t fall for this or any similar offer to share unclaimed funds or inheritances.  If you don’t want to dismiss it right away, do your research.,  Other sites will include these fake offers to help run these criminals out of business.

Be safe.

Been a while, eh?

Hi, guys!  I’m still here.  Your friendly neighborhood Sherrie has been here, there, and everywhere.   Here’s an update.

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and Chronic Pain Awareness Month.  My mind is on my cousin Russell who left too soon.  He was a warrior and then some.  Sickle Cell Anemia took him a few years ago.  He lived a good and far too short life.  He hurt daily and was the only one who understood what daily pain does to the body and spirit.  I love and miss you.

What else?  It’s been gorgeous in Charleston all week.  Low temperatures and humidity – it’s Fall, y’all.  The weather and low pain has me walking ouside a lot more.  My goal is two miles minimum and I’ve hit it most days.  The Labor Day Fix challenge helped inspire me.  My food plan was on point for three weeks and I walked or stuck to Yoga Fix and Pilates Fix for the fitness portion.  Six pounds, y’all!  That might not seem like much, but it reflected a steady loss over the time period.   Not too shabby!

The family is as crazy as ever.  The Boy is a Senior and the Girl is rocking a double major.  The Man walks with me and joined in on the challenge with me.  The dogs are themselves, which may or may not be good.

Well, that’s it for updates.  I’ll get back to the regularly scheduled program shortly.

Until then, peace!

Fake job opening message from Lael Nelson

Lael Nelson emailed me the other day and I left the message unread until today.  Why would I do that as a job seeker?  Lael is a crook, plain and simple.  Anytime I see the generic “job opening” email subject line, I save the message for later. This message had all the scam job keywords. I’m slightly disappointed that he didn’t try harder.

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From: Lael Nelson (zosyq@netvigator.com)

Subject: Job opening / (0539365195409)

Hello ! The mail forwarding team is looking for shipping/receiving Operator.

No enrollment fee. The average monthly salary is $1500.

Job Duties and responsibilities:

– Must be able to work on flexible schedules – the position is home-based
– Receive and mail incoming shipments. Auditing incoming packages for damages.
– Complete all paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.

Qualifications:
– Applicants must be mature – 21 years and older, able to work independently, prioritize the work in an accurate and efficient manner, permanent access to Internet.

In case interested please reply with data asked below so as to make sure we have your name and other information correctly.

– Your Full Name:
– Your Country, State:
– Your Contact number:

Please note: If you do not receive a call or email from our company, your information will be kept in our record for future consideration.
Thank you.

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See that last note?  It’s not unusual for employers to make similar statements.  Make no mistake, though, Lael or his representative will likely call or email with either a job or interview offer.  Once the scammer thinks you’re hooked, they try to reel you in.

Price Thornton, Kane Benjamin, Hamilton Fitzpatrick, Ivor Collins, and Beck Allison sent almost identical messages and some share the same reply to address.

Lael Nelson and company think you’re not smart enough to see through the lies. Prove them wrong.

FBI scam once more

I suppose they think I’ll believe them someday.

The grammar errors and bold print are theirs.  This is pretty awful.

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From:  FBi (jcomey@fbi.gov)

Subject:  IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM FBI WA DC FF

ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2013
 Urgent attention needed
 We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities
 The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) are not usually made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in a secret transfer if your transaction is legitimate.
We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.
we advice you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.
based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. By sending out fraudulent emails without our official logo and emblem we shall release your funds immediately we receive this legal document and we will ensure that you receive your payment without any further delay.
 Note
We decided to contact you directly by email to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the huge amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, and only if we receive the dist certificate this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigation first before releasing the fund to you.
 hence, you are to forward your dist certificate to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, then let us know so that we will direct you to the appropriate authority to obtain the certificate then you are to send it to our office. And thereafter, we will instruct the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. If you fail to provide the documents to this office, we will prosecute you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds.
 Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then Reconfirm your full name, occupation, age, contact address and telephone number to the above mentioned office either by phone or E-mail to facilitate the processing of your payment.
 Yours Faithfully
SPECIAL AGENT TIMOTHY GALLAGHER
FOR FBI DIRECTOR
MR,JAMES B. COMEY
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So, I could get in trouble for accepting the funds, but the FBI wants to facilitate the receipt of the funds.  Makes perfect sense.  And since when does an official letter signed ‘yours faithfully?’  And the reply to AOL email address just screams legitimate.
Same old scam with slightly different wording.

Fake Marketing position

Fake jobs ads and offers set my teeth on edge.  It’s hard enough to find legitimate home-based positions with so many scams muddying the waters.  It’s even more difficult for companies to believe that qualified candidates for telecommuting options exist when so many fake positions and unqualified candidates try to jump on every offer.  That’s a post for another day. Today’s post is about a fake job lead that’s potentially a scammy home business lead.

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From:  Marketing Dept. (support@digitalbinaryoptions.net)

Subject:  Rare Job Opportunities

Hello,

Unfortunately one of our valued team members have

recently left our team, this means we have a rare opening

in out corporation.

This position offers a starting salary of $250,500, plus

An outstanding benefits package tailored specifically to

you.

Learn More Here … 

You do not need any experience or qualifications, only

a willingness to learn, a few hours out of your day, and

an internet connection.

Sound like you?

Apply Now!

There is only one space available and it will be filled

quickly, so we recommend applying today.

Thanks,

Mary

1710 E INDIAN SCHOOL RD

85026 Phoenix
ARIZONA
UNITED STATES

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First, there is no $250,000 position that does requires no experience or education.  This should be the biggest and clearest red flag in the message.

Second and third, all of the links included in the email point to different pages of Goldbar One, which offers small business software (lead generation, shopping cart software, merchant accounts, and the like) and an affiliate program.  Goldbar Enterprises, LLC is based in Florida according to the administrator information.  According to the email, Mary is based in Phoenix, Arizona.  According to a quick address search, the address at the bottom of the email does not exist.  1710 East Indian Road does exist, but not at that zip code.

The fourth red flag is the original email Mary sent the message from.  Digital Binary Options offers guides on binary options trading strategy.  There is no mention of Mary, the high paying position, or Goldbar Enterprises, LLC.

This scammer almost covered the bases for reeling in job seekers. but Mary – or whoever the scammer is – has no fear of potential victims who do their homework.  The scammers wants people who click quickly with minimal provocation.  Don’t ever click job or business leads with minimal provocation.  Keep your eyes open for inconsistencies and big promises. Listen to that voice that tells you to wait a minute.

Until next time.

Just another Western Union Scam

They’re not even trying!

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From:  Western Union Agent (johsonben@cantv.net)

Subject:  Dear E-mail owner,

Dear E-mail Owner,

We have deposited the check of your fund ($1.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Sir Kelven Clifford via E-mail:(w.unionmt628@hotmail.com)He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,
Receiver’s Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs. Franklin Moore has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Sir Kelven Clifford or you call him +229 98762123 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards.

West Union Agent

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I don’t know Mrs. Franklin Moore, but if I did, I hope she’d let me know she had money for me.  I don’t trust random emails that don’t include my name and I hope you don’t, either.

Until next time.

Who’s blowing up your spam inbox this week?

The spam folder is a blessing and curse.  It’s awesome to see how well my email provider filters the emails and a curse because sometimes I cannot look away.  Yes, I see spam as a form of entertainment as times, especially when a spammer is determined to get my attention.

Last week, my inbox floweth over with messages from Russel Neilson of  YourSuccessMatters.com.  While multiple Google and Bing searches resulted in information on YourSuccessMatters.net, YourSuccessMatters.info, and multiple links to student success hips and hints, nothing about Nierlsen and this payment that I must click a link to verify. Since I don’t click randomly, Nielsen is out of luck.

The various subject lines he used include –

  • Approval of Payment
  • RE: Your Application Has been Accepted
  • Re:  Your Account Has Been Denied
  • Re: Sorry
  • Urgent Message About Google
  • Your deposit requires verification
  • Approved Transaction Amount
  • I sent you $500
  • Your payment has been approved
  • Your check is waiting
  • Congratulations!  You’ve made a commission
  • Alert:  please fill form

Nielsen isn’t the only one sending these messages.  Tim Knight, Rachel Eddie O’Connor, and Brian Gene are also with YourSuccessMatterscom and desperate for my attention. Joanne Sierra, Stacy, and Jim Fererra  have sent messages with the same subject lines from LinearSuccessFormula.com.   David S. and Harley, sent them from AcceleratedResultsFormula.com.  I don’t know what list my addy is on, but oh, man, do these people want my attention.

Are they blowing up your inbox?

Sometimes all you need is coffee

One of the perks of telecommuting is the ever ready coffee.  Another perk is the offer to try various coffee drinks for review.  I was offered the chance to try single-serve espresso capsules at home and jumped at the chance.  I mean, why not?  I have an espresso machine, but sometimes I honestly don’t have the time – or energy – to measure and pack before brewing.  When folks from Gourmesso offered me a chance to try their products, I jumped on it.  I mean, who would say no to coffee?  Not this workaholic for sure.

If you like Nespresso, you’ll love Gourmesso.  These single-serve capsules are compatible with original Nespresso machines and offer the same delicious flavor and quality as Nespresso capsules, but at a much better price. A serving of a Gourmesso drink is at least 30 cents cheaper than an Nespresso serving.  The budget says yes to better prices; the taste buds don’t taste a difference.

I won’t forget my first Nespresso experience.  The husband and I were walking around the cookware section of Southern Season and he commented on a delicious coffee fragrance.  A clerk called us over and offered a cup of Nespresso Kazzar. It was delicious and left me wanting more.  I did not have that experience again until I tried Gourmesso’s Etopia Blend Forte.  In addition to the perfect flavor and intensity, I loved that I didn’t have to leave home to have it.  I’m hooked.

Look at this fantastic cup!  Don’t you want to taste it?

gourmesso

Check out my Examiner column for a detailed review on the full Gourmesso line and where to get some.

Now, that the coffee break is over, it’s time to get back to work.

More fake money offers from strangers. Thanks, George Luis!

Ah, people.  I won’t issue warnings with this one.  I’ll just share and drink my second cup of tea.

From:  Mr. George Luis (makedy@cantv.net)

Subject:  Attention, (Note:  Yes, there is a comma with a blank space where the addressee’s name should be)

Attention,

 We have deposited the check of your fund ($2.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director DR Moses Kennedy ,via E-mail:(wu1482350@gmail.com) He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as

 Receiver’s Name_______________
 Address: ________________
 Country: _____________
 Phone Number: _____________

 Though, DR. Moses KENNEDY has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Mr. William mark or you call him +229-98465813 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and
 question/answer to pick up the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund

Best Regards.
 Mr. William mark

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Daily deposits, eh?  That could be tempting if I knew anyone involved.  So many names!  Is George sending the email or William?  And why is William contacting me for Moses?  If I had money to send, I would want to contact the sendee myself.

You know what to do if you see this one.