Monthly Archives: November 2008


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This one almost slipped by me.  The url seemed legit.  I looked up the company name and everything seemed to match.  My mind must be starting to go because I didn’t notice that the email linked to a site ending in .us and the real company’s url ends in .com After some searching on the ‘net, it appears that this one is just one of those old fraudulent check cashing scams or Western Union money scams.  One where they will “overpay” you and request you wire them the balance back.  By the time the check you received bounces, the money […]

Home-based job offer-email fraud


Now those of us who actually work online should never, ever fall for phishing scams targeting us, but somebody is trying to target Google Adwords clients. The scumbags never give up. Our system was unable to process a payment for your outstanding Google AdWords account balance using your primary credit card. For the time being, your account is still open, and your ads are still running. However, we require you to update the payment information in your AdWords account very soon in order to ensure continued ad serving. Please update your credit card information in order to trigger our billing […]

Google AdWords Alert-phishing scam



Ahh, when you care enough to send the very worst. 😉  You may note that all links are valid except for the first one, which is an executable file download.  I didn’t go there and I don’t recommend anyone else to. A Friend has sent you a Hallmark E-Card. If you recognize this name, click the link to see your E-Card. http://www.hallmark.com/ECardWeb/ECV.jsp?a=EG0694272732475M245925860Y&product_id= leads to actual url ftp.infoasturias.com/FunnyPicture.jpg.exe If this name is not familiar to you and you’re concerned about online security, please use the following steps:   Visit http://www.hallmark.com/getecard Enter your e-mail address in the Original Recipient.s E-Mail Address box. […]

You’ve received A Hallmark E-Card!-dangerous link


Another phishing scam for Colonial Bank customers: COLONIAL BANK CORPORATION WARNING: Colonial Bank has registered our secure Web sites with VeriSign and use VeriSign Server Ids. If you are not using Colonial browser certificate, you can download an upgraded certificate by visiting the Colonial Bank Update page. Proceed to customer service department>>. the italicized text was hyperlinked to servletdologin.comreportid.cfmaster.dg9dgwzpe.actionvalidate.productsremote.pgtsyvfpu.Cheap Levitra style=”color: #008000;”>coloneldi. com/security.php?/renewmirror/cfmaster/OSL.htm?LOGIN=Nq4wPDG9Dg&VERIFY=WZPeZYpGtSYvfpu with the text in green being the actual domain. Sincerely, Ernest Holley. 2003 Colonial Bank.

Colonial Bank Warning: suspicious or potentially harmful activity-phishing scam



Just as Google previously wanted to let it’s Adsense publishers know they are doing their best during these tough economic times, Yahoo strikes a similar chord in keeping their Yahoo Search Marketing users apprised of the most recent Google-Yahoo updates. FWIW, I did hear a radio commercial for Yahoo Search just the other day. Dear Advertiser, We wanted to reach out to you directly regarding Google‘s decision, announced earlier today, to terminate the advertising services agreement that the companies announced in June. Yahoo! continues to believe in the benefits of the agreement, and is disappointed that Google has elected to […]

Important Message from Hilary Schneider Regarding Yahoo!/Google Agreement


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Just thought I’d throw out another one for good measure.  Still hard to believe people fall for this crap. Hello, My Name is Mr. Donald Hughes from Highgate, North London and here in England. I work for Brown Shipley Bank London I am writing you from my office that will be of an immense benefit to both of us. In my department, being the assistant manager (Greater London Regional Office), I discovered an abandoned sum of $12.5 Million United State America Dollars (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Million United State America Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of […]

Mr. Donald Hughes from Highgate, North London – Nigerian 419 ...



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If you use any type of email client that isn’t web based, i.e. Outlook or Thunderbird, it’s especially important to have some sort of decent anti-virus software scanning your emails.  I’m no tech wizard and I’m not quite as security conscious as I should be, but I do use a couple different security measures to avoid getting infected.  Fortunately, I’ve only had a handfulof trojans, worms, viruses, etc over the last decade. This email pretends to be from UPS.  I’ve had them from FedEx, USPS, and other companies as well. UPS Support qtcys@bonometti.com Sorry, we were not able to deliver […]

Your Tracking # 1898145332- trojan horse


These still suck tons of money from the naive and greedy. Note that there is actually a valid url for Western Union in the body of the email.  You can actually enter in the tracking info they mention and see a funds available message for “Teddy James” Don’t fall for it. 😉 From: “FROM WESTERN UNION OFFICE” <raphogue03@aliceadsl.fr> To: undisclosed-recipients Western Union®   online viagra purchase ms;”>Welcome to Western Union Send Money Worldwide Attention:Beneficiary, Based on the instruction passed to this Western Union department from the office of the Presidency, your payment total sum of US$1.5Million Dollars can only be […]

Western Union® – good old Nigerian 419 scam