Posts Tagged ‘419 scams’

Important Technical Service Message – FedEx Spam

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Phishing fraud involving the various shipping companies continues its upswing, and a newer version of FedEx fraud is looking to steal legitimate user’s account credentials.

Emails typically arrive:

Subject:     Important Technical Service Message (CODE:90738-00)
From:     “FedEx Technical Support”<>

The are not sent from any legitimate Federal Express server, but instead are sent through hijacked user accounts, the latest copy reviewed came to us through Verizon’s servers:

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Monday, November 15th, 2010

So let’s say you’re expecting a FREE GRANT because they’re just giving away money to stimulate the economy. (It doesn’t really matter who “they” is at this point, any government entity will do.)

If this was the case, you wouldn’t find it strange to get an email from the European Union (EU), the European Commission (EC), the United Nations (UN), the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) containing “YOUR FREE GRANT INFORMATION” would you? more »

Masonry Grant?! – Email Fraud

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

It’s not every day that the All Seeing Eye comes out in the open to bestow grants on random email address owners. Usually the Eye works from behind the scenes, which is why we thought this deserved some attention:

Freemasons have selected you to receive 2.5 million dollars and you don’t even have to join them! more »

We are Not of Such Dirty and Illegal Characters

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Every so often we get the privilege of reading a laugh out loud funny fraud attempt.

Submitted for your enjoyment:

Subject: We are Not of Such Dirty and Illegal Characters

From: Western Union <>

The subject alone is pretty funny but wait until you ready the message body.

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The CIA Wants You

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

cia sealWe don’t even know where to begin with this one:

Subject: Central Intelligence Agency

From: Central Inteligency Agency

To: undisclosed recipients: ;

The Central Inteligency Agency. Really?

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Scam The Lawyers

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We’re not really sure how to react to email fraud that targets lawyers. After all, the very nature of the legal profession requires the lawyer to keep a sharp eye out for documents and people that misrepresent themselves. Therefore, if any group should be able to spot fraud you’d think it would be those who practice law.

Apparently this is not the case.

Based on the relatively high volume of email fraud attempts aimed at lawyers, it appears that lawyers are actually worthwhile targets for scams. Otherwise, this type of fraud would be far less frequent. more »

The Universal Language of Fraud

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Many of our email fraud posts point out the lack of fluency in English displayed by the perpetrators. However, English is not the only language attempted by email con artists.

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Fool’s Gold

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

fool's goldThroughout history iron pyrite has been mistaken for gold. It has raised and dashed the hopes of many a prospector and helped to bankrupt numerous investors.

Since the advent of email (and email fraud) a new kind of fool’s gold has appeared. This new fool’s gold comes in the form of an email from someone claiming to need help realizing a profit from the large quantities of gold in their possession.

Due to some unfortunate circumstance they are not in a position to benefit directly from the gold and need someone to “market” the it for them. Luckily for you they stumbled across your email address and decided to ask you to help them.

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Ads have stopped running – Google Phishing

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Yet another Phishing campaign is out and about and looking to steal your Google Adword’s user-name and password.

So far the emails we’ve reviewed are pretty straightforward:

Subject:      Ads have stopped running
From:     “Google AdWords”<>

But the “To:” field has generally been empty, which is a pretty big clue that the email is a fraud.

The sending address is of course spoofed. The email doesn’t come from Google but instead an compromised overseas mail server in this case.

An actual email is displayed below:

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Beware of Granny

Friday, April 9th, 2010

granny wolfWe couldn’t decide whether to put this in Email Fraud or The Lighter Side. The Lighter Side won out because it’s so funny in a pathetic sort of way.

A 78 year old Florida “granny” has been arrested for scamming over one million dollars out of her friends and pastor. Her crime spree began around five years ago after  she was bilked out of over ten thousand dollars by a Nigerian lottery fraud scam.

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