The email was sent to a address that I have not used in years. I only receive spam at this address.
If it sounds to good to be true it is a scam. If you receive a email like this do not respond. Simply delete it.
This is the content of the email.
Date: 13th of May 2010.
This mail is to remind you of your registered package. CONTENT: Bank Draft
of $688,000 USD officially registered by an Official of the United Nation.
The $688,000 USD is a donation to you from the U.N through e-mails
For your information the VAT and COD have been paid. Please Contact
FedEx Delivery Department Mr. Anderson Cole for shipment details and
It is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone number:
Mrs. Margaret Blair
©Federal Express Corporation
All rights reserved. © 1995-2010 FedEx.
This E-mail is only for the above addressees. It may contain confidential
or privileged information. If you are not an addressee you must not copy,
distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it or any
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I mentioned a few days ago that Spam Whackers has been Hacked As far as I can tell it was a comment spammer that hacked the blog.
Before you ask the blog was the latest version of Word Press. So having the latest version installed does not keep you immune from being hacked. (more…)
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A recent article dated 26 February, 2010 in the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has some interesting information in regard to email spam and Microsoft.
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Spam-Whackers got hacked last Sunday or Monday. I haven’t been able to determine who the hacker was but I have some leads. I’m 99% certain it was a comment spammer.
Before jumping to conclusions this happened with the latest update from WP. Any site can be hacked.
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I received the following email today.
File Error Notification – Instructions To fix File Errors in your Registry:
Your PC may be suffering from serious file errors in your WINDOWS registry which may be the reason why your PC is running so slow, or crashing and freezing from time to time. Also, these can lead to major system problems and possible memory leaks.
Below are instructions that will enable you to Increase Your Computer’s Speed, Power, Stability and Reliability in just a few minutes.
Press below to launch the Diagnostics Test download for no cost at all:
Once again, there are NO OBLIGATIONS for this -FREE OFFER- that includes our -FREE Software-, -FREE Analysis-, -FREE Report- and -24 Hour Support- !
If after completing the -free Diagnostic Test- it is brought to your attention that your computer’s registry does contain file “errors”, then it may be in your computer’s best interest to fix the potentially harmful file errors in your registry.
Press below to launch the Diagnostics Test download now:
I don’t know for sure, but it is probably a spam email to download a Trojan on the PC of the unfortunate users who click on the links.
I do know the email was spam. The address it was went to only receives spam email.
I couldn’t find any information about this particular email, so I’m guessing it is new. However I did find a report of a similar email for a “Phishing Scam” in a NYU (New York University) security report from 2006. You can read about that at in the official NYU publication.
Never click on links in “Spam Email:. In fact don’t even click on links in email from institutions you trust, such as a bank or credit card company.
If you need to check out a site use your bookmarks.
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This is a copy of a email I received some time ago. Not sure why I did not publish it at the time. I receive email similar to this every week
This is a Scam!!!. They are trying to find out more information about you, or to confirm what little information they have. Additionally they hope you will send them $120.00. Unfortunately this type of scam works.
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I’m sure that most of the world has heard about the devastating earthquack that has hit Haiti.
Though many countries have pledged aid, it is also vital that private organizations contribute to the cause.
Unfortunately a disaster likes this really brings the scum of the earth out of the wood works. They set up websites to solicit contributions for the disaster but they only pocket the money.
Legiament organiations really need donations at a time like this, but how can you ensure that your dollars go to the aid of the people who are the victoms of the disaster?
First ignore unsolicited emails requesting aid. Do not click on links in those email. The low life scammers will build websites that look very conviencing.
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) has a list of organizations that they have checked out. The BBB list of approved charities.
You can also contribute $10.00 through your cell phone provider. The $10.00 will go to the Red Cross and the amount will be added to your cell phone bill. To make a contribution through your cell phone provider text “Haiti” to 90999.
You don’t have to give a lot. These originations thrive on donations of $5.00, $10.00, $15.00 etc.
Give what you can. Make sure you give through a legitimate site.
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The email appears to be from the ICS Monitoring Team. The currant subject is “Your internet access is going to get suspended”. Basically the email says that you have been caught downloading illegal software, or music. (more…)
I just added a page that list over 400 user agents that many web masters block for one reason or another. Every user agent listed is not necessarily a bad user agent. Some are from from small legitimate SEs. I think the bulk are from scrappers, and email harvesters.
This is a ecard scam that is currently making the rounds by email. I’m sure most of us have received an alert from places like BlueMountain or HallMark telling us that someone had sent a ecard and the ecard could be viewed by clicking on a link in the email. If memeory serves me correctly that notice always gives the name of the person sending the ecard. (more…)