Posts Tagged ‘scam’

OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam 9 Trials In A Row

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Competing in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system, and for the ninth consecutive time.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 191,893 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.994%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed nearly 500% more spam, 59 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to M+Guardian which missed 115 spam emails from the same spam corpus.

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Verizon – Your Bill Is Now Available – Fraud

Friday, May 4th, 2012

In the never-ending quest to steal identities, there seems to be no limit to the sites that spammers and cyber-criminals will try to impersonate.

Many web users are now understandably suspicious of emails claiming to come from Ebay, Paypal or their bank. And, we’ve already seen email frauds claiming to come from Netflix, Vonage, Linked-in and of course Facebook.

Now your cellular service emails can no longer be trusted either…..

An email Phishing fraud campaign is actively making the rounds with emails falsely claiming to come from Verizon such as:

Subject:     Your Bill Is Now Available

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Introducing Your US Department of Justice and FBI Victim Notification System

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Here’s something we really don’t see every day….

We recently received an email claiming to be from the U.S Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS)

Subject:     US Department of Justice Victim Notification System
From:     Courtney Walker <>
To:     Business Representative <address>

Our typical “common sense” check for email Phishing Fraud starts with the obvious:

  1. Overly serious/threatening Subject line…. check!
  2. Human sender doesn’t match email address…. check!
  3. Impersonal and generic salutation… check!

The email itself open with:


U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI – New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10278
Phone:  (212) 384-2564
Fax:  (212) 384-4104

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Rejected ACH payment – Virus/Fraud

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Look out for fraudulent emails spoofing “The Electronic Payments Association” that are arriving as:

Subject:     Rejected ACH payment

In reality these messages are from previously infected personal computers from across the globe:

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These messages include a fictional warning that includes content such as:

The ACH transaction (ID: 32604668345041), recently sent from your checking account (by you or any other person), was rejected by the other financial institution.

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Please Restore Your Account Access – Chase Fraud

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Spammers are nothing if not persistent, and even more so when it comes to the most sinister ones that are trying to steal your identity and your entire bank account.

They’re also smart enough to Phish in the biggest pools of potential victims, so the endless stream of cons targeting JP Morgan Chase customers makes perfect sense.

The latest comes with a subject:

Please Restore Your Account Access

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Craigslist – Confirmation for Posting Fraud

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

A clever Craigslist Phishing fraud is using a highly targeted approach to trick Craigslist advertisers into giving up their username and passwords.

The trick is to provide the headline from an actual Craigslist posting in order to help evade spam filtering and more importantly, to increase the likelihood of fooling the recipient into believing the “Confirmation for Posting” is legitimate.

A typical email will arrive such as:

Subject:     Your ad, titled ‘1970 short bed ford ‘ has been posted.
From:     craigslist <>

The Subject line will vary according to match the title of the specific Craigslist posting.

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The Executive Registry, Who’s Who Among Spammers

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Bogus “Who’s Who” listings and other similar publications have been around long before the Internet, so there’s nothing new about selling fake credentials and memberships in non-existent “executive” publications.

But, as with many things, Email and the Internet combine to make the scammer’s job easier with a wider and deeper reach, and all for lower cost.

The latest fake credential listing touts your invitation to join “The Executive Registry” and is signed by someone claiming to be “Ethan Andrews” of the “Candidate Review Committee” – for what that’s worth.

Here’s a copy of the latest email:

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Salesgenius List Selling Spam

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Here’s an interesting business question:

Would you trust the integrity of a business list marketed to you by a spammer?

SalesGenius along with “DataBase 101” and “” (among other aliases) must think so as they’re ripping out plenty of spam trying to sell marketing lists to other small businesses.

This leaves us with Spammers selling spamming lists to potential spam wannabees. Just perfect.

Emails arrive mostly from various SalesGenius servers such as:

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Endless Spam from Earthlink

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

It’s hard to estimate how many Earthlink user accounts have been compromised at any given time, but the endless drip-drip-drip of spam from Earthlink’s servers speaks volumes.

Either the infiltration is significant, or it’s just that Earthlink’s email security, monitoring and controls are either completely ineffectual or non-existent.

The endless drone of Earthlink spam continues with terse “familiar” sounding subjects such as:

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New Skype Has Been Releases ! Upgrade Now

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Mailboxes are now receiving fake Skype upgrade spam sent from hijacked mail servers.

The current campaign arrives as:

Subject:     New Skype Has Been Releases ! Upgrade Now
From:     “Skype” <>

In an interesting twist, the spammers involved appear to have hacked and are in control of mail servers as the samples we’ve reviewed so far are actually from:

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The spam email itself is as follows:

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