Message Control

Autentificate your craigslist.org account – Phishing Example

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Today’s new word is autentificate.

As in: “You need to autentificate your craigslist account.”

In this instance autentificate can be defined as “give up the login credentials for” or “compromise”.

As in: “You’d be better off if you didn’t autentificate.” more »

Re: Hotmail! Account Services Member Notification – Phishing

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

One of the disadvantages of having an email address at one of the big free email providers — Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail, etc. — is that everybody wants to steal your account and use it for nefarious purposes.

This explains why another disadvantage of having a free email account is that mail sent from these accounts is often rejected as spam. You get what you pay for. more »

LAST NOTICE: Your Federal Tax Payment ID Has Been Rejected

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Guess what? The IRS has rejected your Tax Payment ID.

At first we thought this was an attempt to phish EFTPS credentials but after clicking the bogus link to eftps.gov (Warning: don’t try this at home) we found out otherwise. It does eventually send you to eftps.gov but not until after it tries to “borrow” your computer. more »

“We know how to help unemployed” – Fraud

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Ever wish you could get a college degree without doing all that pesky studying and showing up for classes and stuff?

Well wish no more.

Get your diploma just by making a phone call. more »

LinkedIn Alert – You Need ED Meds

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Today’s featured email is spam disguised as phishing.

Usually email that pretends to be from a high profile site is half of a phishing attempt. The other half is a fake login site that actually collects the information.

This email uses the pretense that you have an alert from LinkedIn to lure you to an online aphrodisiac dispensary. more »

How To Take Advantage of the Economic Stimulus Plan

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been controversial since before its passage in February of 2009. Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether or not it’s a good idea; if it’s enough or not; or how it should be implemented.

Regardless of the relative merits of the idea, there are many ways of cashing in on the stimulus package and not all of them involve the government.

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Free Walmart Gift Card – Shady Marketing

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

If you want to receive more spam than you could possibly imagine then you should definitely participate in this offer. As far as we can tell it’s technically legal but that doesn’t make it any less of a scam. This is the old, tried and true, “give us a bunch of information we might give you a prize” sweepstakes offer. If you substitute “money” for “information” this is the same ploy that’s been used by carnival pitch men since, well, as long as there have been carnivals.

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UN Sends Letter as Image File – Phishing Example

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

People attach all kinds of files to their email: pictures of new babies, kids, dogs, cars and whatever; pdfs of contracts, estimates, requests for quotes and other business correspondence; spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, blueprints, advertising layouts and various other files. What they don’t do is write letters and then send them as image files.

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Update Your Account Information – AOL Phishing Example

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

This piece of spam is interesting, if only because of its rarity. These days we see very little email from the aol.com domain and a lot of that is spam. The formerly ubiquitous Internet gateway has all but disappeared.

AOL may have fallen on hard times lately but that’s not stopping some enterprising phisher from trying to compromise AOL accounts. If you are one of the few remaining AOL users you’ll want to watch out for this scam . . .

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How To Stop Unwanted Emails From Reaching Your Inbox

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

OnlyMyEmail blocks over 99% of unwanted email without critical false positives. Stop wasting your time and sign up for a spam free inbox.There are really only two ways to keep spam out of your in-box:

  1. Prevention — This is at best only partially effective and requires a fresh and un-spammed email address. However, if you do start with a new address prevention can seem downright miraculous.
  2. Filtering — Also not perfect but a good spam filtering service should remove more then 99% of the messages you don’t want. The thing to watch out for in filtering is false positives. (False positives are messages that should have been delivered but were blocked instead.) Blocking spam is easy, the hard part is not blocking the good messages.

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