Scam-o-rama

Below is a real life email. I got this email from a “friend” of mine. When I called her, because I had a feeling that it was bogus, she told me someone had sent that from what appeared to be her email, but in fact it was a fraud. This is a classic case of …

Are spammers trying to take advantage of the Olympics in their emails?

The better question is do Spammers try to take advantage of anything that captivates the American attention? The obvious answer: YES!!! Get the idea that these guys are like the evil underworld version of advertisers. If they can get your attention, then by god, they will! Shy of running decapitation videos, they will stop at …

Lotta Spam

In the past year the number of particles of Spam has increased so substantially it has become a major crisis in the security world. One of the major issues with Spam is that much of the American public don’t even understand that they are in effect becoming “zombie computers” (a computer that is basically being …

I Begg to differ….

Dale Begg-Smith competes for a second time in the Olympic Games. He took home the Gold in 2006 as an Australian Mogul Skier though he hails from Canada (another subject for discontent). Begg raised more notoriety for his business dealings than for the fact that he took home the Gold. A fact that clearly left …

Not a Real Western Union Email

If you get this email and you actually are a Western Union customer, go directly to the website to check it out, but don’t click on the link.  This is a phishing attempt: Dear Customer, This is your official notification from Western Union. Your account has been limited due to a login attempt failure. To …

Some Spam is Successful – Specifically: Weight-Loss

There is a new study out which offers some evidence that spam mass mailings can generate sales at a notable rate. Results show that in the weight-loss category, a significant percentage receiving spam-mail pitches purchased the products. 18.5% of those who described themselves as suffering from weight issues bought products 5% of those without those …

Top Email Scams

Several organizations have issued what they consider the top email scams. First is the Federal Trade Commission’s report which lists them as: 1. Business opportunities 2. Chain letters 3. Work-at-home schemes 4. Health and diet scams 5. Effortless income 6. Free goods 7. Investment opportunities 8. Cable descrambler kits 9. Guaranteed loans or credit, on …

MP3 email spam attachments

There is a new trend developing of email spam messages getting some filters that have no message text, just an MP3 file attached. I have even heard some with the URL being said over heavy breathing (porn site you think?). From what we have seen there is nothing dangerous with the MP3 file itself, but …

No such thing as “REFUND PAYMENT FROM UNCC‏”

There is no such thing, especially from @yahoo.com: From: UNCC (tmsablan@yahoo.com) Subject: REFUND PAYMENT FROM UNCC United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) In Affiliation with Barrack Obama Campaign to Assist Scammed Individuals In The Settlement of Disputes through Trust Credit Bank. Attention: Beneficiary I wish to congratulate you for the approval of the compensation payment of …

Why Did You Reply to That Spam?

It seems like a ridiculous question. I didn’t know it was Spam. It looked legitimate. I thought it was from my aunt Gertrude. I needed to lose weight and it looked promising. The endless list goes on and on, but the truth is marketing. You were a recipient of well planned marketing. No matter what …

In today’s economic battleground are people still really responding to email spam?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Often times when there is economic strife people will look for a get rich quick scheme, or buy more Lottery tickets than usual, or look for a great deal on something they are looking to buy. In today’s economic and electronic times this means more Spam, more Spam, more Spam. …

2009 Emails Regarding the Mail Server Report worm

This is just the right mixture of real (but very old and no longer a problem) virus and a hoax. A friend of mine sent this to me (along with their entire address book) who didn’t bother editing the copy which says it was from her son (she has no son). This is a hoax, …

Who is Alan Ralsky and why do I care?

Alan Ralsky is the Michael Jordan of the Spam world, in that he is prolific and very influential in the community. Alan has made public appearances in a variety of media sources, including the Detroit Times, which makes him stand out from the seedy Spammer crowd. Not to defame him, but just to illustrate the …