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Tuesday, July 31, 2007



What an interesting idea!

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


Sell something with PayPal and Royal Mail will print a label for you and knock it off your PayPal account.

An interesting connection.


Giveaway of the Day


This is an interesting site, where you can get interesting software for nothing.

It's all legal and it's just given away.


One Day Scams


The scams seem to be splitting.

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


Just saw this numberplate in Cambridge on an old Rover 216.

Surely W3WWW is the ultimate status symbol for any web fanatic.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sydney Car Centre - 5


I've had quite a few e-mails recently accusing me of sending out the Sydney Car Centre scam. It does seem to be one that has got a lot of people very heated.

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.

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Canadian Charity


Here comes another scam. This time supposedly from Canada.

This intention is of most importance to all EU candidates

We are glad to present you our new project.
This is a job prospect for EU candidates only.

Requirements and benefits:

Monthly gross salary: USD 1800-3600 per month
Age limit: 18-80 y.o.
Possible profession growth and promotion opportunity
Internet access, cellular or home phone number and the e-mail
Part-time (2-3hr per day) and full-time employment (8hr per day)

Our organization Canadian Charity is looking for new candidates and collaborators in Europa.

Become a part of our donating system that includes global donations to HIV positives, war refugees from Middle East and starving children from poorest European countries.

Our program does not charge or ask you to invest anything. We do not try to take your capital. Our regional sponsors and investors from different European Union and North American regions have already accepted our deal and are now the investing affiliates in our multi-national donating program.

Collaborate with our investors during the donation process and get from 1500 EUR (1800 USD) up to 3000 EUR (3600 USD) income per month. Together we can make this program work with highest efficiency and thus have an occasion to ease the sufferings and decrease the needs of thousands of people.

This position you can request is the "Donating Assistant" (future promotion to "donating manager" is possible after 3 months of successful assistance).

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a part of our system and EMAIL US. We will then send you more details concerning the position of a "donating assistant".

Thank you very much for your time and for your wish to help the ones who really need our help and joint support.

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.]


Interestingly, they may be breaking EU law by putting an age limit on the job.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Smart Business Solutions


Watch for this one.

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


I received an e-mail from the Hong Kong police, saying that they had noted my comment.

But also, the website I mentioned,, is now no more.

So I suspect they are taking action, even if it wasn't my e-mail that started it.

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Google Maps


I've just added Google Maps to two of the sites I'm working on.

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


There was a suggestion here a few days ago that the Hong Kong Police have taken an interest in all the rubbish pointing to .hk web sites.

Believe it or not Hong Kong law enforcement wants to deal with this. Forward spams on to them , ,

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 This then points to an on-line gambling site.

So are the authorities in Hong Kong starting to get rid of the rubbish?

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

WUMP Models Agency


I've had 43 e-mails trying to sell me the services of the WUMP Models Agency.

This is a typical e-mail.


You are seeking a companion or true love?

You need an intelligent well-educated girl speaking your language for escort in a business trip?
Your business deals with exhibitions and presentations?
You need an sexy girl to spend holiday?

Our international agency WUMP Models is ready to help you in any of these questions.

We are in international modeling business since 1996 and we perfectly know the tastes and preferences of our clients.
We work only with the best-looking girls.

You can invite any girl to your country!

Visit our web site and you won't be disappointed:

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 ID: D19219079-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 303
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID: PP-SP-001
Registrant Name: Domain Admin
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Address1: P.O. Box 65
Registrant Address2: All Postal Mails Rejected, visit
Registrant City: Monster
Registrant Postal Code: 2680 AB
Registrant Country: Netherlands
Registrant Country Code: NL
Registrant Phone Number: +45.36946676
Registrant Email:

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 received this e-mail to from Friends Reunited this morning.

Hello Bob,

Thanks for registering on

Click to complete your registration

You'll then be able to find your old friends.


The Friends Reunited Team

P.S. Remember, with Friends Reunited your email address is never revealed.

If the link above doesn't work, go to, login and enter the validation code: QPZ


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


Friday, July 20, 2007



Sam Shaw is an artist and the wife of Martyn Downer.

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.

A Sam Shaw Painting

Here's the same painting at 400 pixels, which can be clicked for a larger one at 800 pixels.

A Sam Shaw Painting - Click for large

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



I've had a few job offers from CombiTrust.

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


I thought that McAfee had been outsmarted but the company is now catching the greetings cards again.

Good for them!


Sydney Car Centre - 4


I got 197 of these yesterday, which makes a total of 3,362.

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.

It's not.

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


The FT has an article with this title today and it’s about a Professor Rosling, who is revolutionising the way statistics are shown.

He’s sold it to Google for a lot of money.

It might be worth investigating.


Martyn Downer - News


This is an example of an integrated blog in a web site.

Everything is standard Blogger.


Blogger and Cookies


I've just had a bit of trouble with a client's blog. He couldn't log into it from his computer and the problem was that his cookies were a bit awry.

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.

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Charities and eBay


eBay has a very nice and simple web page, where you can collect money for your charity.

All you need to do is register and then people can nominate your charity when they sell.


British Banks Get Phished Again


There is a large amount of phishing scams going on on British banks at present.

Alliance and Leicester has just joined the club.

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The Power of Outlook 2003 and 2007


We all have the problem of keeping track of our contacts, the e-mails we write to them and the documents and letters we post to them.

Later versions of Outlook from 2003 onwards have a large Notes section in each contact.

Outlook 2007 Contact - Click for large

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



It seems that Skype are the latest company to suffer an organised scam. This is one of many I've got from crooks.


We have to notice that your account is suspended because Skype major Terms are being changed.

To re-activate your account you need to agree with the new Terms here:
Follow this link to re-activate: ACTIVATE
after that, your account will be automatically re-activated.

Thank You!
Skype Administration

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


It's a scam.

Green Option for current accounts

Why not do your bit and help the environment by Going Green with an HSBC current account?

HSBC is committed to finding ways of reducing its impact on the environment through saving paper and the energy used to produce, transport and dispose of it.
Going Green with an HSBC current account is all about doing your everyday banking, but in ways that do not impact the environment, through the removal of unnecessary paper.

It's based on a Hong Kong web site.


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A Record Week For Spam


Last week was a record week for spam, since I started collecting statistics.

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

McAfee Outsmarted


I said on this blog that McAfee had got a stop on the greeting cards that deliver nasties.

Their stop lasted about one day and now they are back with a vengance.

It just shows how clever spammers are.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Spam Suspects Charged Over $4.6m Share Con


This post in The Register is perhaps a sign that the authorities are cracking down on "Pump and Dump" scams.

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.


Another Fraud


This unnamed company is looking for mugs.

Dear employee,
Our International Corporation is looking for new employees on various vacancies.
We suggest you financial Independence right now. Only our corporation can offer you to gather a good income in a short period of time. You do not need to invest any sum of money and we do not ask you to provide us with your bank account requisites! We are engaged in completely legal activity and working in our corporation you can achieve career growth at a permanent job. We are looking for representatives from any point of the world. Average earnings of our employee is 3450-4500$ per month, but you can earn much more. Here is the top 10 of our representatives salaries:

Top 10 employees
Per month:
1. 45750 $
2. 42185 $
3. 38590 $
4. 25808 euro
5. 32000 $
6. 15700 GBP
7. 27200 $
8. 24300 $
9. 22750 $
10. 18730 $

It is easy to be in ours Top 10!
Everything is simple enough and it depends only of you.
We are waiting the creative approach and purposefulness from our employees. You can work full time or part time.
You determine the schedule of you work at our corporation. We pay you for result. The best regional representative becomes the head of regional office of our company and receives a full social packet and bonus at a rate of 50 % from his annual salary. Many of our employees have made excellent career, received full financial independence and have embodied all their dreams in a reality less than in 2-3 years of working in our company.

The preference is given to employees with knowledge of foreign languages.
If you are interested in our offer please send us the following information:
1) Full name
2) Address of residing
3) Phone numbers
4) Languages
5) Part time job/Full time
Please send this information to our email: sockadverttadvert2k7 (at) Please specify in the subject line: Application for the local rep position. Number 100711

If you are not interested in our offer or you received this email by mistake please reply with Unsubscribe in subject line and specify all your emails addresses to unsubscribe44919[at] We apologize In advance.

Yours faithfully,
Colin Scowcroft

I've had 156 so far today. Note the bad English, which indicates that the sender is not a native English speaker.

Don't reply.

I think they made it rather anonymous so that you can't search the Internet to check its fraud.


An Angry Individual


Someone has accused me of sending him spam messages. I tried to reply to them by e-mail, but unfortunately, he gave me the wrong e-mail address.

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 would suggest that you employ a proper spam filter from someone like McAfee or use the filters in Outlook to put these e-mails in the Junk E-mail folder.

I should hasten to add that I get about 8,000 spam e-mails a day and I have proved that with the right software I can manage them.

If you read my history at, you will see that I have been involved in the computer industry for over forty years and that I am a very ethical businessman. So I would have no need to send spam messages to anyone.

In addition, if I was a crook, would I give you my full details in this e-mail.

James Miller

Daisy Analysis Ltd.,
East Green Farm,
Great Bradley,
Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9LU

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


This is an interesting piece of viral marketing.

It was posted in my topic on Cleaning a Printer.


No-Free-Phone Mobile Phone Contract


I've had my mobile phone for about six years now. It's a Nokia 6310i and at present I run it on an O2 contract, that is of course expensive because I pay for free phones that I don't want.

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


Improving the quality of printing on laser printers is often just about keeping it clean.

Cleaning a laser printer

I'm changing a cartridge here on my HP 4500 Color Laserjet. Note the Dyson DC-16, which is an excellent portable vacuum cleaner.


Postcode Anywhere goes International


I've used Postcode Anywhere for some years. They've just gone international, so you can find and check addresses in US, UK, Canada and Europe.

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


Just used it to check-in for a trip to Salzburg on Wednesday.

It seemed to work very well.


You've Got Worms


It didn't take long for the next scam to come along.

Dear Customer,

Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your IP adress
on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected with the last epidemic
of a worm which does not have official patches at the moment.

We recommend you to install this patch to remove worm files
and stop email sending, otherwise your account will be blocked.


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:
[IPv4 whois information for ]
OrgName: PrairieWave Telecommunications, Inc.
Address: 5100 S Broadband Ln.
City: Sioux Falls
StateProv: SD
PostalCode: 57108
Country: US

As of eight o'clock this morning I've had 52 of the little bastards.

Titles of the e-mails include :-

Malware Alert!
Spyware Alert!
Spyware Detected!
Trojan Alert!
Trojan Detected!
Virus Activity Detected!
Virus Alert!
Virus Detected!
Worm Activity Detected!
Worm Alert!
Worm 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


They disappeared (for the moment anyway) at a minute to six in the evening on Sunday.

So McAfee, and probably the other anti-virus companies too, have got their man.

They did take a month or so to do it.


Nick Lathouris at NetCom


So far this morning I've had 34 e-mails from this idiot.

My name is Nick Lathouris, I represent NetCom company located in New Zeland (offices in Spain, Ukraine and France).
Our company is seeking for a representatives part-time jobs.
This is not spam and we will not ask any money from you.
Your minimal income will be $4000USD a month in average. You will be paid DAILY.
No relocation required, job duties include mail and payments processing, standart office duties and everyday reporting.
All candidates have to be authorized to work with minimal computer knowledge. If you're interested in this Job please contact us through the contacts below:


Best Regards,
Nick Lathouris.

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?


I had 194 of this spam e-mail yesterday.

It contains a domain name of, which is registered in China.

Administrative Contact:
Dima li
Dima li
shang hai Shanghai 200093
tel: 86 021 76886639
fax: 86 021 76886639

Well possibly.

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


As of today, the ECards are now showing as viruses because my McAfee system is stopping them.

But it took them from the 16th of June to stop them.


The Baker


This is a review of the film called The Baker, which has been produced by Dan Shepherd, who is a friend of our youngest son, George.

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.

We watched a courtesy copy of the film on our 17 inch non-widescreen television with a crap sound system. The film has faults, such as it doesn't play well on a small screen, but what film does. It also needs atmosphere in that I think it's one of those films where the bigger the audience the better the enjoyment applies.

It's a film that I want to see in a large cinema to get rid of those problems.

So is it a good film?


The film is unusual with more than a touch of the surreal about it. Although, I only saw an early copy, it is very well made and doesn't suffer from the bad continuity, sets and acting, that befall so many low budget productions.

It also has one of the most innovating sex scenes, that I've seen in a film in a long time.

So if you are lucky enough to find this film in your local cinema go and see it. You won't see much violence or graphic action, but you will see a film that will make you smile and say that that was a very good effort.

Although very different, I think if you liked Sideways, you'll like this film.

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?


Inappropriate Advertising


I am a coeliac and some of you will know that I run a coeliac diary and am also the moderator of an active Yahoo group for coeliacs.

Today I found this pornographic advert on the group that had been added by Yahoo.

Who wants to buy an overweight and planet-killing American pickup?


Friday, July 06, 2007

Spam by Spamhaus?


I've just had this message in what looks like a typical spam message. The title was "My guin and chokoloskee" and it was from someone called Nettie Powell.


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
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


The graph below shows the types of spam at several dates over the last year.

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.

Types of Spam - Click for large

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 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


Yesterday various e-mail address at received nearly 400 e-mails with the subject "Girls Like That".

Girls lie when they say "size doesn't matter" that's just to make us feel better,
The truth is they want their partner to have a huge one, and they will keep searching until they find it!
Now you can be that big man with the new improved and doctor recommended enlargement pills,
click here to get your supply before they sell out!
Kuszczak who collected easily. 'Boro then introduced
the UK's Ministry of Defence, is postponed due to a
replay. Middlesbrough looked the most likely to score

Can anybody believe that sending this number of e-mails is worthwhile?


Messages with a PDF


Recently there have been a lot of messages with a small PDF file attached.

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


I've had 255, 290 and 588 e-cards in the last three days.

DON'T OPEN ONE. You'll get seriously infected.


Searching Blogs


If you are worried about something like a new e-mail from an unknown company, that you think might be a scam, then always search blogs as well as the Internet.

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

Search terms for current scams include, "Sydney Car", Viscard, Minaro, Walsh, Palker, Albrook and Langton.

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Sydney Car Centre - 3


This one went beserk yesterday.

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



I had 62 e-mails yesterday asking me to do something with a company called Viscard.

My name is Alexa, I work for Viscard. My boss told me you are the right person.
We need a smart and honest person just like you. Viscard is a huge respectable company,
please find more info in our website viscardmail dot net. We offer a prestigeous and
lucrative job to UK residents.
You can work part-time (or fulltime) a few hors per week and earn 200-300 pounds each day.
Drop me a line to my email apply at viscardmail dot net, and I will gladly explain all details of the job.
See you,

It has all the usual clues that it is a scam in bad spelling, punctuation and unprofessionalism.

The website at 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 :

Name : Michael Nelson
Email :
Address : 3302 Court
Zipcode : 51104
Nation : US
Tel : 712-277-3775
Fax :

::Administrative Contact::
Name : Michael Nelson
Email :
Address : 3302 Court
Zipcode : 51104
Nation : US
Tel : 712-277-3775
Fax :

::Technical Contact::
Name : Michael Nelson
Email :
Address : 3302 Court
Zipcode : 51104
Nation : US
Tel : 712-277-3775
Fax :

Make your mind up on this one.

I already have.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007



They keep coming don't they?

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.
We wish to recruit a Customer Services Representative to join a small team working in a challenging and dynamic environment. The main duties of the Customer Services Representative will include:
the receiving and processing of customer orders;
co-ordinating with Production to ensure orders are fulfilled;
liaising with Customers in order to give a world class service.

The successful applicant for the role of Customer Services Representative will have the following attributes:
excellent communication skills (oral and written) together with a good level of literacy;
be able to prioritise and complete work to strict deadlines;
be IT literate and fully conversant with word-processing and spreadsheet packages (Microsoft Word and Excel).

This is a part-time position working a 19 hour week Monday to Friday.In return, we offer a competitive salary, 5 weeks annual company holiday and contributory pension scheme.

Anyone wishing to apply for the Customer Services Representative position should do so using the button below.

Please ensure your eligibility to live and work in the UK before applying.

No relocation package will be offered.

Dont be shy to contact us for more informaion:

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.


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


The spammers are hitting this company a lot.

It doesn't bother me, as I don't have an on-line bank account.




I'm not a lover of digital cameras as I feel that real film gives a much better quality.

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


I have a Nokia 6310i mobile phone.

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


I'm getting loads of these which all have the same format.

Good day.

Your school friend has sent you a greeting postcard from

Send free ecards from with your choice of colors, words and music.

Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days. If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print.

To view your ecard, choose from any of the following options:


Click on the following Internet address or copy & paste it into your browser's address box.


Copy & paste the ecard number in the "View Your Card" box at

Your ecard number is

Best wishes,

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.

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United States National Medical Association


The National Medical Association is an association of black doctors in the United States, that states on their web site that :-

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.

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Walsh Services


Another of these scams like Palker, Langton and Albrook that comes for a day and disappears. I got 22 on the 25th of June.

Don't touch it.


Sir Earl Evans


I just had to post this fraudulent e-mail. It's so bad it's hilarious.

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.

Late News

I've just found another e-mail from Sir Earl. He's also a director of Barclays.