Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bank of America Click on Link Scam

Another email making the rounds to get your sensitive information. Do not click on links and enter information. If it looks suspicious, it is.


Dear Bank Of America customer,
Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the online
banking community we have issued this warning message.

It has come to our attention that your account information needs
to be updated due to inactive members, frauds and spoof reports.
If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and renew
your records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account erasure.
This notification expires on Mar 19th, 2014.

Once you have updated your account records your internet banking
service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Please follow the link below
and renew your account information:

https://onlineid.bankofamerica.com/cgi-bin/sso. login.controller/


Looks offficial but is another scam!!!

And Yet Another Paypal Scam....

I received this email recently with a link inside the email.


Pretty simple paypal email scam. Here it is:


From: PayPal.com (ffas@ppla.com)


Dear PayPal Cutomer,


Please login to your account and visit the Message Center section in order to read the message.


http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd= login-run


Thank You for using PayPal.


Notice the email address after paypal.com. ffas@ppla.com <-----SCAM ALERT. Do not click on the link. Paypal will not send bogus emails like this. Always be suspicious with any emails you receive, espcially paypal. If you are unsure, always log out of your email and go directly to the site (paypal) itself and log in.


Good Luck!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The 5 Million Dollar Email Scam

Everyday emails are being sent from kids as young as 4 and from adults as old as 105. While this is happening, we are receiving emails from people we don't know. Usually these emails are enticing or offering you money in exchange for a few items of yours. They often ask you for your social security number, bank account information or credit card number. After all, it's you long lost Aunt Helen who passed away and has left you one million dollars!



If you ever get an email like this, don't reply any sensitive information to it or reply at all. Please read and use this information to educated yourself on email scammers. Please don't end up as one of those people who say "I was scammed".



The email is usually centered around money that is owed to you, inherited or won in some long forgotton contest you entered but don't remember. This email is about money owed to you because you were recently scammed. Let's look at the subject that was received in the email.



Mr. (Sir) Francis Nolan:Your USD$5 Million Compensation.







This is known as the "eye catcher". Some kind of wording to get your attention quickly and open the mail. Here we have "your USD$5 Million Compensation."










From: kjfkf@gmx.at


Subject: Mr. (Sir) Francis Nolan:Your USD$5 Million Compensation.


Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:21:16 +0100


Dear Scammed Victim,


Date:03/03/2009.










USD$5,000,000 .00 COMPENSATION PAYMENT FOR YOUR PAST EFFORT






The heading of the email along with the catchy subject matter.










My name is Mr. (Sir) Francis Nolan a United Nations Delegates to Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) Abuja,I am have been approinted to pay One hundred (100) 419 scam victims US$5,000,000.00 each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your US$5,000,000(Five Million United State Dollars) compensations funds for the Year 2009.






Here we have the official (Sir) Francis Nolan of the United Nations Delegates.......to let you know about you being scammed.......I just can't remember being scammed, but let me read on anyway...






On this faithfull recomendations,I want you to know that during the last UNO meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria,it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today.In other to retain the good image of the country,the president of the country (President U. Musa Yaradua) is now paying 100 victims of this operators US$5,000,000.00 each, the Compesation Payments are to be paid by Central Bank Of Nigeria Abuja,Nigeria In partnership with the United Nations Organization.






This paragraph deals with the embarrassment the county has felt (Nigeria), because of the amount of scams that came out of the country....Here we have one of the first mispellings.....lose, instead of loss....and Compesation, instead of Compensation....










According to the number of applicants at hand,84 beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the victims are from the United States and Canada,we still have more 16 left to be paid the compensations of US$5,000,000.00 each.Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as one of thier victims of the operations,you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to any body for any reason what so ever,the US secret service is already on trace of the criminals.






This paragraph deals with how much you will be compensated for and not to mention this to anyone because the US Secret Service is on the case! Wow, this must be official!!!










You are to know that this Transfer that the United Nations Organization has set up in partnership with the Nigerian Goverment for the Year 2009 is highly Confidential. I also want to advice you to be more careful and do not respond to any emails to people you dont know so that you dont fall into wrong hands in order for you not to loose more money.






Again, this is to "advice" you so you do not "loose" any more money!!






You can receive your compensations payments via any of the both options you choose:Bank to Bank Wire Transfer,ATM Transfer Payment or Credit Card Transfer Payment/Diplomatic Cash Delivery.






Uh....yeah, I'll take my 5 million via ATM at my favorite 7-11...






I want you to furnish me with the required informations below so that an urgent attention will be given to you without delay.






1:YOUR FULL NAMES...............................


2:YOUR CONTACT ADDRES......................


3:YOUR OCCUPATION...............................


4:YOUR SEX............. AND AGE.................


5:YOUR PRIVATE TEL...............................


6:YOUR STATE.......... AND COUNTRY.........






7:SCANNED COPY OF EITHER I.D CARD/INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.










And there it is......just furnish these nice people with your entire personal information. You would think that they would have all this information since the secret service is involved.....






I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.All i just want you to do is for you to forward all recent e-mails you have been receiveing from those fraudsters to these office so that we can forward them to the International Security Agency and also to the Local Police for Investigation.






So the local police now wants to get involved......even though the Secret Service is on the case...






You are hereby "WARNED" to make sure these CODE (UNO/COMP./2009). is used when you are responding to me for security purpose.






Yours faithfully,






Mr. Francis Nolan.


Reply through this e-mail : sir.francisnolan1@gmail.com






And, the closing, with the official gmail account email address.






Looks very official, doesn't it?






So what should I do if I ever get emails like this?






My first piece of advice is to ignore it. Block the sender from your email address. Set up spam filters within your email. Ask your ISP for help in this matter. You could also forward your spamming emails to spam@ftc.gov. Seocondly, never, ever respond to these types of emails even if you think it's something that you have to have.






If you have been scammed by someone over the internet by email, you can lodge a complaint here. I would not recommend it because quite frankly, they are inundated with these types of email scams.






The bottom line is never give out any personal information about yourself no matter how enticing the email is. No one gives away anything for free......but please use this information and forward this url with your friends and family.






Also protect your system with an anti-spyware program such as spyware doctor.






You can also take action against spam (unwanted and unsolicited email). I recommend forwarding the entire email when reporting spam. Here are some addresses to report spam:






Report AOL users to abuse@aol.com






Report Hotmail users to abuse@hotmail.com






Report MSN users to abuse@msn.com






Report Yahoo users to mail-abuse@yahoo-inc.com






Report Netscape users to abuse@netscape.com






Report USA.NET users to abuse@usa.net






Report Spoof eBay Email by Forwarding It to spoof@ebay.com






Report Spoof PaypalEmail by Forwarding It to spoof@paypal.com














Next up.....paypal scams...

HM Treasury's Correspondence and Enquiry Unit


Another scam just came in the mail today. Don't get fooled!!!!

HM Treasury's Correspondence and Enquiry Unit
From The Office of Rt Hon George Osborne MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

Tel:+44 (0) 700 580 0054
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Our Ref: UK/TREAS/898ATCP
File Code No: HM/IMF/7890/121

DIRECTIVES TO COMPLETE TRANSACTION
HM Treasury, in full Her Majesty's Treasury, informally The Treasury, is the United Kingdom government department responsible for developing and executing the British government's public finance policy and economic policy. The Treasury maintains the Combined Online Information System (COINS) containing a detailed analysis of departmental spending under thousands of category headings.
This message is to notify you on a private note based on your claim to your inherited contract fund which has been programmed for transfer into your designated account through my department for approval. You are being contacted today because I want to advise you on the status of your fund payment case. I hope your email account was not hacked by your partners who tried to divert your funds to another unsolicited account claimed to be provided by you using another email address that was not yours. Although you are hearing from me for the first time, The Board has resolved and revisited your case which is enlisted among all pending international outgoing fund transfer applications and which its stipulated amount for payment into your designated account has been reduced to the total sum of Fifteen Million & Five Hundred United States Dollars ($15,500,000.00 USD).
Following the reports submitted to our department, stating that the increasing number of pending cases of delayed outgoing fund transfer applications provided to international banks which originated from deceased personalities, international lottery Companies and other Government Trading Organizations around the world may be largely attributed to the complexity of international banking institutions fund payment clearance procedure which according to the parliament has resulted to the increasing number of unclaimed/unexecuted fund transfer applications worldwide.
The HM Treasury in joint alliance with the FSA top representatives has moved a motion before the Court Service that the International Monetary Fund should alleviate the complexity of international fund claim payment application procedure conducted by foreign banks because the increasing number of unregistered fund payment application before it, is having adverse effect on our economy.
Since you are one of the individuals shortlisted to benefit from my assistance in reclaiming your funds, I want to state that your funds approve order has been placed under my jurisdiction to authoritatively sign and transfer your funds into your designated account and it is now under my control to assist you in making a proper documentation to make your claim genuine until you are paid.
NB: I will let you know about the requirements you need to provide and documents to sign for your payment as soon as I receive your response. Also, make sure to send your response to this e-mail: georgeosborne@hmtreasury-gov.com
Waiting for your favourable response if you need my assistance.
Regards,
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Rt Hon George Osborne MP (Conservative)
HM Treasury Chancellor's Private Office.

Award Program Scam - Robert Parker

Another scam to get information from you. Do not open the attachment!!



This is a notification message to inform you about an award program.

Please read the attached message and get back to us immediately





--Forwarded Message Attachment--





RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "B" DRAWS

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the results of the

second Category draws of E-MAIL LOTTERY organized by the European Union.

We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First

Category, which is part of our promotional draws.



The draws were held on 29th of Oct 2010 and results are being officially announced.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000

email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,

Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.

Your e-mail address, attached to ticket number 675432890044/376, with serial

number 2200-33 drew the lucky numbers 4-5-9-11-39 with Lucky stars 3 and

5 and consequently won in the First Category. You have therefore been awarded a

lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euro (One Million Euros) which is the winning

payout for Category B winners.



Your funds are now deposited in the paying bank. Due to the mix up of some

numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until

your claim has been processed as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double

claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.

To begin your claims please contact your claims agent Mr. Robert H. Parker

foreign payment Officer Euro Millions Lottery Group for processing and remittance of

your prize fund to your designated bank account or via certified cheque.



CLAIM REQUIREMENT:

1. FULL NAME:

2. CONTACT ADDRESS:

3. TEL NUMBER:

4. WINNING EMAIL: (For Confirmation)

5. PHOTOCOPY OF IDENTITY ( to prove you are the true beneficiary of the prize

won).



Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than 22/11/ 2010. After this date

all funds will be returned to the MINISTRIE VAN FINANCE AND ECONOMIE as

unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor

to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent

or us. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your

claim agent as soon as possible. Be informed that only 7.5% of your prize belongs to

Camelot Group that entered your EMAIL for the draw.

NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and Batch

numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your correspondence

with your claims agent.



REFERENCE NUMBER: GPINT/7980/4376/06/SK

BATCH NUMBER: 33/904/G3K



Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our

promotions program.



Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Robert Parker

Euro Millions Lottery.

http://www.euro-millions.com/

DHL Email Virus - Do Not Open - Trojan Virus! W32/Trojan3.AKC

This just in from my company on another email scam. There is a virus being sent in emails allegedly from shipping magnate DHL. The DHL Virus is known as W32/Trojan3.AKC trojan. Under no circumstances open the attachment. It is a zip file and will corrupt your system. This is also known as the DHL label virus and DHL Global virus. Here is the actual email.

Hello!

We were not able to deliver postal package you sent on the 14th of March in time because the recipient’s address is not correct.

Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office.

Your personal manager: Christy Block,

Customer Service: 1-800-CALL-DHL
Fax: 888-221-6211
DHL International, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


This is directly form DHL's website:

Import Information Regarding Fraudulent Use of DHL Tracking eMail

Posted on March 23, 2009

A fraudulent email is being distributed with the subject line “DHL tracking number” The email contains an attachment with a virus that should not be opened. Please delete the entire email and be advised that the package referred to does not exist and that DHL delivery services are operating normally.

Please be careful of these email scams that contain virus's. If a suspicious email contains an attachment, be very leary of opening it. Check to see where this email came from and go directly to the site, such as DHL in this case. You can keep your system safe with PC Tools Internet Security. Filter the spam and protect yourself against unsolicited email.

More info from DHL!!!!

Numerous attempts have been made to defraud Internet shoppers by the unauthorised use of the DHL name and brand, via e-mail communications and graphics which appear, on the surface, to have originated from DHL.

In most cases the communications concern the sale of consumer goods over the Internet, where payment may be requested by money transfer - for goods in transport, before the goods will be delivered.

Please be advised that DHL does not request payment in this manner. In general, DHL collects money due for official DHL related shipping expenses only.

Advice:

If you receive a request to transfer money for goods which DHL allegedly currently has in transport, via an e-mail as described, or should there be any doubt as to the authenticity of any DHL communication, please report it to DHL by contacting: DHL Customer Service via e-mail from the global DHL web site, www.dhl.com, or phone Customer Service at the telephone number published on the DHL web site for your country (country web site addresses available through www.dhl.com).

This security notice does not affect the obligation of a consignee to pay shipping, customs, VAT or similar charges, where these are properly payable at the time of delivery.

DHL accepts no responsibility for any costs or chargers which are improperly incurred as a result of fraudulent activity.

E-Mail Contact instructions

You can contact us by e-mail now using the DHL on-line contact form here

Please ensure that you:


Provide all personal details in section 1 (e.g. your name, location and e-mail address)
Tick 'Other' as your 'Type of Comment' in Section 2

You can then add your questions or issues in the box provided.

By following the above instructions, we can ensure that your comments are answered by a local DHL expert as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Country Web Site Integrity

If you are in any doubt as to the integrity of a DHL country web site, please access using 'Select your Location' to the right of this page.

Thank you
DHL Security Management

.....and yet another bogus scam dhl email with a virus....


MX Lab intercepted a few messages that claim that the delivery of the postal package that is handled by DHL has failed due to an incorrect recipient address.

The subject contains “DHL Tracking number #05CME637072VHBD”, the attachment is named DHL_HELP.zip and the body of the email contains the following message:

Hello! We were not able to [...] I got an email this morning and was leary because I would normally think they would call and not email….I tend to only give this email addy to those I personally know and wasn’t expecting a package. It also said delivery failed but in the next sentence it said it would be delivery in 5 days as it was being shipped out today…..anyways, I did a google search and found this thread…..I now know that I won’t be opening the attachment…thanks all for the heads up!I feel bad for the actual company DHL, because people are always going to be skeptical of them…at first I when I did the search, it just kept taking me to their website….but then I put in that it was an email plus the words “is it safe to open”…Whenever investigating something like this, always do multiple types of searches with different words as my experience goes to show the first results may not be the accurate one!

DHL Virus service. Please get your parcel. Delivery NR.154907‏ - DHL Virus - Scam Do Not Open!

Here's another DHL package email virus , DHL marketing virus, making it's way around the internet and local businesses. These email virus' will do serious damage if you open the atachment/If you receive this DHL virus, be careful that you don't open the DHL virus attachmets (Zip files, EXE files) Do NOT OPEN!!! The DHL virus will infect you computer and entire system. Here is the actual email sent to me recently:


Manager Harriett Boston (labels@dhl-usa.com)
1 attachment
DHL_packa...zip




Hello! The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.

Cause: Error in shipping address.

You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly!

Please note! The shipping label is attached to this e-mail. Please print this label to get this package at our post office.

Thank you for attention. DHL Global Forwarding Services.


Do not open the attached file that contains the DHL virus no matter how enticing it may sound of be.


Please also note the bogus email address that looks like DHL....but it's not!!! Always be suspicious when receiving emails from DHL, FedEX or UPS.