I just wonder though, if your company had just secured a thousand jobs, by bribing a rather odious potentate, that you'd report the fact to this anonymous web site.
Web Site Index
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I just wonder though, if your company had just secured a thousand jobs, by bribing a rather odious potentate, that you'd report the fact to this anonymous web site.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Royal Mail and Paypal
Giveaway of the Day
It's all legal and it's just given away.
One Day Scams
Some like Sydney Car Centre seem to go on and on, whereas there is a group of scams, that are there for just a day or two. The latter group include Walsh Services, Minaro, Viscard, NetCom, Unnamed, CombiTrust, Canadian Charity and Smart Business Solutions in July alone.
Do we have two groups, one of whom hits you again and again and another that just hits you for one day with a message?
Whatever method they use, don't answer them.
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Ultimate Car Number - W3WWW
Surely W3WWW is the ultimate status symbol for any web fanatic.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sydney Car Centre - 5
If you don't believe me then look at Bob Bear. He's been following the scam since it started.
It would seem that if you have a decent junk filter on your e-mail, most of these e-mails will end up there. This is because they are all so similar, that a decent filter such as that in Outlook 2003 or 2007 will bury them.
You can also create a rule in most e-mail programs that will assign any e-mail that contains "Sydney Car" will be sent to the Junk folder.
This intention is of most importance to all EU candidates
I think I've seen some of these before from somewhere else. It's the HIV, war refugees and poorest European countries.
[I searched and I was right. See the International Donation Association.]
DON'T FALL FOR IT.
Interestingly, they may be breaking EU law by putting an age limit on the job.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Smart Business Solutions
This is yet another scam where there are 23 positions available. Do these people have a thing about that number?
Hong Kong and Spam - 2
This one is for a firm of solicitors called the Cambridge Family Law Practice. This one is for our stud, Freedom Farm Stud.
Once you get the hang of the Java, they are very easy to setup.
they are infinitely better than Multimap, which seem to have developed a horrible habit of resizing your browser if you print the map. With Google Maps, you don't have to have a separate print page.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Hong Kong and Spam
Believe it or not Hong Kong law enforcement wants to deal with this. Forward spams on to them email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Yesterday, I only received 591 spam e-mails that pointed at .hk web sites and a much lower level of spam for a Sunday. But of these e-mails 482 pointed at www.koal.hk. This then points to an on-line gambling site.
So are the authorities in Hong Kong starting to get rid of the rubbish?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
WUMP Models Agency
This is a typical e-mail.
You will be as the web site is down.
But would you ever deal with a company called WUMP?
And one that has a domain name registration like this :-
Domain Name: EURO-MODELS.BIZ
What genuine company ever hid its identity on a web site registration?
If you're going to create a scam shouldn't it be worth looking at?
Who Is Bob Smith?
I like the bit that remember with Friends Reunited your e-mail address is never revealed. But what if dear old Bob puts the wrong one into his registration.
Obviously, I shall think about taking legal action against Bob, when it turns out, I'm getting masses of spam to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I've used one of her paintings to show how few pixels can be used to display images in a blog.
Here's the painting at just 200 pixels.
Here's the same painting at 400 pixels, which can be clicked for a larger one at 800 pixels.
It always surprises me that highly detailed pictures like Sam's still look good at a very reduced level of pixels.
I just guess that the brain fills in the bits that the eyes can't see.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The company may or may not be genuine, but the offers are fake.
At least this lot have a web site.
They say that they are not subject to US IRS supervision. Would you work for such a company if you worked in the US?
McAfee Fights Back
Sydney Car Centre - 4
I thought that as this scam has been going on since the June 3rd, 2007, that this must be the most numerous scam, I've been pestered with.
Several other scams have been more numerous than this one, but I don't seem to have got the same amount of comments.
FIC sent 4937 and United Cargo Solutions sent 6721.
So we've a way to go yet.
I thought they might be stopping, but they don't seem to yet.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Hidden Beauty of Numbers
He’s sold it to Google for a lot of money.
It might be worth investigating.
Martyn Downer - News
Blogger and Cookies
So if you get this sort of problem, the simplest thing is to delete your cookies that refer to Blogger.
There are some good articles on the web about this. Type "cookie problem blogger" into Google.
Click here to do the search.
If you want to know more about cookies, go to this article in Wikipedia.
Charities and eBay
British Banks Get Phished Again
The Power of Outlook 2003 and 2007
Later versions of Outlook from 2003 onwards have a large Notes section in each contact.
Note how Word documents have been copied to the Notes. They are just double-clicked to open them.
You can copy any document or e-mail message to this folder to create a complete record about the contact.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I suspect they're after your bank account details, so don't fall for it.
I received 20 of these on the 16th of July.
I've also found details of these scams on a blog on Skype.
HSBC Goes Green
Green Option for current accounts
It's based on a Hong Kong web site.
DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!
A Record Week For Spam
A quick look, shows that most of it is still the drug scams, but crooks like bent casinos are bombarding us with more and more.
But it's still too much and it's about time that the US took action.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Spam Suspects Charged Over $4.6m Share Con
Apparently, The SEC was tipped off when a commission attorney got one of the spam e-mails at work. So they're not only crooks, but stupid crooks.
As I reported in my last scam analysis, they are now reducing significantly. But of course other scams are taking their place.
I've had 156 so far today. Note the bad English, which indicates that the sender is not a native English speaker.
I think they made it rather anonymous so that you can't search the Internet to check its fraud.
An Angry Individual
So this is the message I send them.
I am sorry you are getting messages that appear to be from me, but I can assure you that I am not sending you messages, except of course this one. The messages you are getting are probably due to people using my domain name as a spoof, when they send e-mails. If you check the headers the messages usually come from the US, Russia or China, so I suggest you complain to the appropriate embassy.
I am genuinely sorry that this person is being upset, but until the US, Russian and Chinese governments take action, the tide of spam will increase.
If the individual involved will send me an e-mail, with their correct e-mail involved, I will try to ascertain how they can minimise the problem.
Monday, July 09, 2007
No-Free-Phone Mobile Phone Contract
Incidentally, I had a problem with the phone a few months ago and I was able to get it repaired for £25 by a company in Cambridge. They told me that they repair lots of these phones as it does everything most people want.
So does any company offer a mobile phone contract, where I don't have to pay for other peoples' free phones?
Cleaning a Laser Printer
Postcode Anywhere goes International
Here is some information relevant to their international addressing software.
The developer page for the international product can be found at the following page. This page contains all technical information needed to set up the international address finder in your application.
A demo of the international product can be found here.
As far as the pricing goes, the size and cost of the per-click credit packs can be found at the following page. The credit usage for international addresses is 1 credit per request for UK, US and Canada, and 2 credits per request for everywhere else.
It soudns like technology worth checking out.
Ryanair's On-Line Check In
It seemed to work very well.
You've Got Worms
Just as with the Greetings Card Scam it links through an IP address to some nasty on the Internet.
I looked up one e-mail address and the results are shown.
Unknown domain: 220.127.116.11
[IPv4 whois information for 18.104.22.168 ]
OrgName: PrairieWave Telecommunications, Inc.
Address: 5100 S Broadband Ln.
City: Sioux Falls
As of eight o'clock this morning I've had 52 of the little bastards.
Titles of the e-mails include :-
Virus Activity Detected!
Worm Activity Detected!
The rules are with any e-mail from a sender that you don't know, then don't click on any links or attachments it contains.
Remember you are your own worst enemy.
Goodbye Greetings Card Scams
Nick Lathouris at NetCom
As you can see it contains all the usual rubbish. It even says it is not spam. Don't believe it.
It obviously has no connections with the Actor, Nick Lathouris.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
US NMA is in China?
It contains a domain name of enmukasunfdes.com, which is registered in China.
Click it and it diverts to a site in Hong Kong, which in many cases has been already put down.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
McAfee Cracks the ECards
The film has just been signed by a distributor and recently it won an award at the Tremblant Film Festival in Canada.
I'm sixty next month, but I do go the cinema regularly with my wife of nearly forty years. So we're not particularly your young cinema goers.
It would be rather nice, if the readers of this blog could influence events and get this film shown to a wider audience.
But isn't that what the Internet is supposed to be about?
Friday, July 06, 2007
Spam by Spamhaus?
WORKING TO PROTECT INTERNET NETWORKS WORLDWIDE Spamhaus tracks the Internet's Spammers, Spam Gangs and Spam Services, provides dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.
The SBL database is maintained by a dedicated international Spamhaus team based in 9 countries, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to list new confirmed spam issues and - just as importantly - to delist resolved issues.
The Spamhaus Exploits Block List (XBL) is a realtime database of IP addresses of illegal 3rd party exploits, including open proxies (HTTP, socks, AnalogX, wingate, etc), worms/viruses with built-in spam engines, and other types of trojan-horse exploits.
The Exploits Block List can be used by all modern mail servers, by setting your mail server's anti-spam DNSBL feature (sometimes called "Blacklist DNS Servers" or "RBL servers") to query xbl.spamhaus.org.
Use of the XBL is free for users with normal mail servers (but networks with high email traffic should see DataFeed).
You can get MUCH MORE if you contact us:
The Spamhaus Project Ltd. //Address Deleted// but it was in Kent with a phone number.
I doubt it's spam, but why? Could it be to discredit Spamhaus?
Two of the phone numbers in these e-mails are mentioned in the defauct web site, Ultradesign.
All very curious.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Changing Face of Spam
In that time the number of spam messages per day has increased from under a thousand to well over seven thousand, so all values have been normalised as percentages.
Looking at the various types of categories of spam, you can make a few simple conclusions.
1. Pump and Dump after being consistently over twenty percent has dropped significantly in the last couple of months to less than five. The SEC is clamping down on this fraud and it would seem that many of the crooks in this area have moved on.
2. Drugs, mainly of the erectile disfunction group, have shown an amazing consistency over the last few months and seem to be stuck on about fifty-five percent. A good percentage are from Canada.
3. Bank phishing scams are still with us and after a few months at low levels, they have now returned to higher ones, due to a concerted attack on the Royal Bank of Scotland.
4. Casino spam and mainly for one group operating out of Antigua are showing a steady growth and now make up nearly six percent of the total.
5. Fraud, mainly spurious job opportunities are not as high in the past, but the crooks are consistently thinking up new ideas.
6. Electrical Goods and Computers are a new group that has not been seen before and I suspect the work of one group. Perhaps an ex-Pump and Dump merchant.
7. E-Cards are a curious and dangerous group as they consist of a download that can seriously damage your computer's health. As they are all the same, they are probably one group of crooks, who are responsible for four percent of all the spam I get.
8. Others is not as bad as it seems, as many are returned mail messages, where crooks have used daisy.co.uk addresses to send spam. Perhaps the only good news is that there are only 28 messages in this group advertising pornography.
So you can see that as one avenue closes another opens and the spam continues to rise and overwhelm the Internet.
Girls Like That
Girls lie when they say "size doesn't matter" that's just to make us feel better,
Can anybody believe that sending this number of e-mails is worthwhile?
Messages with a PDF
It's a new version of "Pump and Dump".
Don't open the PDF, as although it's safe it's a waste of time.
E Card Explosion - 2
DON'T OPEN ONE. You'll get seriously infected.
Although, the blog search does get to the search engines fairly quickly sometimes there is a delay of a few days, so check both places.
Google's blog search is at http://www.google.co.uk/blogsearch.
Search terms for current scams include, "Sydney Car", Viscard, Minaro, Walsh, Palker, Albrook and Langton.
Sydney Car Centre - 3
I had 156 e-mails offering me a job. Yes, that's one hundred and fifty six e-mails. At least they weren't all the same, as that would be boring.
Either they are desperate to fill their worthless positions or they just could be good guys trying to warn everybody of the dangers of this type of scam.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
My name is Alexa, I work for Viscard. My boss told me you are the right person.
It has all the usual clues that it is a scam in bad spelling, punctuation and unprofessionalism.
The website at http://viscardmail.net/ is also strange in that it uses the same images again and again, talks largely about Russia, but is registered in the US.
Domain Name : viscardmail.net
Make your mind up on this one.
I already have.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Minaro company employs a workforce of 580 at its Head Office in Northampton, and has offices and assembly facilities in Europe, America, Australia and China.
I've checked with all the directories I have and there is no company called Minaro in Northampton.
So it's another empty your bank account or money-laundering scam.
As ever this scam has several tell-tale signs in the e-mail.
1. There are too many of them to all sorts of non-existent e-mail addresses.
2. Supposedly they come from an e-mail address in Germany.
3. There is no detailed company information.
4. Minaro are not in the UK phone book.
LEAVE IT ALONE.
Unless of course you know somewhere malicious, where you can add their e-mail address, so they get lots of job offers, porn, Viagra ads and other worthless spam.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Royal Bank of Scotland
It doesn't bother me, as I don't have an on-line bank account.
But to save weight on our recent holiday, I just took a small digital camera and then used the Bonusprint web site to print those I wanted.
It was simple to use and even survived a power cut in the middle.
Phones and the Internet
It is elderly and brilliant.
I can get a simple Internet news service on this phone and it was invaluable in checking that there were no problems for my flight home from holiday.
So make sure you know how to setup your phone so you can browse web pages.
E Card Explosion
They all have the same features :-
1. IP addresses instead of URLs. That's dodgy in it's own right.
2. A title like "You've received a greeting postcard from a school friend!"
3. They always give you two options.
I've had reports that they install some malacious software on your computer.
So don't click on any of those links.
United States National Medical Association
The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and as a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities, and promotion of optimal health.
That sounds like a good set of ideals and nothing like those promoted by a con-site setup by one of the worst pollutors of the Internet, My Canadian Pharmacy.
You click to complain about a drug site on the US NMA site and you get directed to this load of crooks.
I did complain once to the Canadian High Commission and they didn't reply. I just added Canada to another country that I don't want to visit or buy product from. After all, who wants to go all the way across the Atlantic to get cold and bitten by midges, when you can get the same conditions in Scotland.
At least the Scots have several reasonable football teams who are worth watching. They also product the best falling down liquid in the world.
Don't touch it.
Sir Earl Evans
Attention I am Sir Earl Evans, one of the Director of HSBC Bank, London, United Kingdom. On the 2nd of January 2005, I received a call that one of my customer died in the Tsunami Disaster with his wife and only child while on vacation at Phuket Island in Thailand. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my customer's extended relatives and until date have not succeeded. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before it gets confiscated by our bank or declared unserviceable by our bank where this deposit is lodged. Now, the bank Directors has called a board meeting regarding this Funds. So my main motive right now is to share this great opportunity with you by presenting you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since all his banking details are with me as his personal Account Officer. And the deceased Account valued at $10,000.000 (Ten million dollars). Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the biological relatives of my late client, I hereby seek your consent to present you to the bank as next-of-kin of the deceased since you are a foreigner, so that the proceeds of this account valued at $10,000.000 (Ten Million dollars) can be transferred to you as inheritance and thereafter, you and I can share the money; 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% will be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Charity Fund. We shall start the first transfer with $5,000.000.00 (Five Million Dollars), upon the successful actualization of the first transfer without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining amount to your account. I have the original copy of Certificate of Deposit of the funds, which will be used to substantiate our inheritance claims. All I require is your consent and honest co-operation to enable us see the deal through. Furthermore, I guarantee that the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Best regards, Sir Earl Evans HSBC BANK.
I suspect that this one was either written by someone who was brought up on Monty Python or a crook.
I do like the fact he's called Sir Earl Evans and some of the atrocious spelling and grammar. My English teacher said my English was bad, but...
If you fall for this one, there are more stupid idiots about than I thought.
I've just found another e-mail from Sir Earl. He's also a director of Barclays.