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**SCAM PayPal**

If you received on email with a link, its a scam.  Do not follow the link, do not respond:

As part of PayPal’s commitment to excellence, we invite you to share your experience about your interaction with our email customer support on May 19, 2014.
We place great value on your time, so this survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. All feedback in addition to other information collected will be used in accordance with PayPal’s Privacy Policy. Survey answers may be tied back to respondents. In the survey, you will have the opportunity to opt out from being contacted regarding feedback.
Please visit the following website to complete the survey. Simply click on the web address below (or copy and paste the link into your browser):
We appreciate your participation and look forward to hearing from you.
John McCabe
Senior Vice President
Customer Service and Operations

e-mail spoofing

Someone is sending an email to people on your contacts list claiming to be you.  They are trying to get your contacts to click a link or send personal information.  You are sure that you did not send the message.  This is called e-mail spoofing.  

What attackers do is to use some email spam software to anonymously send out emails to all the contacts on exploited email accounts.  This is sometimes done with an “anonymous remailer” reference:

Why e-mail Spoof?

The motivation behind it is to conceal the emails original point of creation while at the same time using a list of your contacts (some of whom trust you) to get them to go to a site.  That site can have a variety of intentions.  Its not always about malware, the site can also be used as an aggressive blackhat marketing campaign to get people to go to a site or sell products and/or service.

But its also used for phishing attacks, network infiltrations, gathering insider information, and getting malware on systems.  Whether its advertising or malicious, e-mail spoofing is counting on the user to be unaware of the true nature of the email.

Taking Action

See if you account is just spoofed or hacked AND spoofed.  There is a difference.  If they are spoofing and somehow got all your contacts.. Honestly, SMTP (email) is not very secure by itself.  So there is not much you can do if your email gets spoofed except notify your contacts.  Imagine trying to stop someone from sending snail mail to your contacts with a return address that says its from you.. how do you stop that?  How would you even find out where they sent it from?

If you account is being actively infiltrated and THEN spoofed there is something you can do.

The first thing you should do is change your password.

If you changed the password and they still got in, then it may be that they changed your alternate email address.
A spammer may have altered your account information, allowing them to access your account again even after you change your password.
Visit your Account Information page. — yahoo
Go to Yahoo Account Page:
Click Choose how Yahoo contacts you under “Contact Information.”
Change the email address on file if you don’t recognize it.
– For help, see adding an alternate email address to your account.
How to check to see who recently accessed your account:




There is a fraudulent document / phishing attack using UNFCC as a way to get people’s personal information.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) is a treaty that is developed at United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (aka Earth Summit).  There goal is to reduce the potential adverse affects that humans have on the Earth’s climate.  


Here is the fake form:

UNFCCC Scam pdf

To Celebrate the 18th Anniversary of the UNFCCC, the UN  is giving out a yearly award of $900,000 to 18 lucky recipients.

Below is your award information

Email Code number: UNFCCC/18/NMF/12

BATCH NO: (N-222-6747,E-900-56)

Amount WON: US$900,000.00


  1. name…
  2. Country..
  3. Contract Address..
  4. Telephone Number..
  5. Fax Number
  6. Marital Status
  7. Occupation
  8. Date of Birth
  9. Sex
  10. Alternative Email Address

As you can see the form as asking for personal information.

Consultant contact details:

Name: Prof. Michael Clarke

Tel: +44 703 593 7829


Social Network Phishing


I was a victim of social network phishing. Someone got my password and started emailing my friends. This is the story of how it happened.

In 2008, I started working as a Internet cafe attendant. Believe it or not, computers and the Internet were still kind of new to me… I just had not used them much. I began learning more and more of all the things you can do via the Internet. On my free time, I started browsing online, used yahoo messenger and registered on friendster and

Later on I met guys and one of those sites. One in particular was named Mark from Europe. According to his profile picture, he Was good looking so I started getting interested of him. We exchanged emails on the site. Mark asked for my yahoo id. I gave it to him and started talking in yahoo messenger. While we are talking, he requested my webcam so I opened it to let him see how I look. When I asked him back to view his webcam, he had excuses and said his cam doesn’t work.

After some time of talking, he introduced a site telling me that he had an account there and that it is similar as where we met. He said that if I open the site then I will be able to see a picture of him there. He sent the link to me (I don’t recall the name of the site). When I opened it up it was requesting my email address and a password in sign up. So i told him this seem strange on why I have to sign up to see his picture. He said that that it is necessary to get access inside the site for his profile. So i typed my email address in it and a password. After that i still couldnt get in to the site that he was sharing. When I put in all the information, the site didn’t seem to work. So I told him this. He said try again darling because maybe you had some errors in typing the informations. So I again typed my email address and at that time with the same password that i use from my email address. After the second try, a profile of another man showed up with personal informations about him ,a different descriptions and a different picture too of an Indian guy now. So I realized right away that he was fooling me. I got angry and told him that I knew that he was scamming me by using a fake profile on where we met. I told him and that I dont like Indian people.

By that time, I told him to delete remove me from his contact list I will do the same. He kept buzzing and gone crazy apologizing to me.

The next day, I signed in on my yahoo id while I am at work. It suddenly signed me out. I was confused why it was happening. I signed in and tried many times and for a while i get signed out again. So I decided to make another yahoo id and added few yahoo ids of the people that i recall. I informed them that I am using the new one temporarily because it seems like my other id was messed up. Then one of my filipino friends was surprised and said that she was talking to me a while ago and confused too why I kept asking her to signed up for some “strange site”. She had the idea in her mind that it wasnt me because while talking to our native language, the person who is pretending to be me would reply only in english and talks all about the site to convince her but she didn’t do it.

When i heard all of it. I had the answers already and it was not yahoo that was really messed up but there was someone that hacked my yahoo id. I quickly checked my email, went to the “Account Settings”, change the password and it went back to normal again. Thankfully that i was able to retrieve it because I had important files there.

Its been a big lesson to me. Not to just talk to anyone who are totally strangers without even knowing them well first or seeing them.

Jim Ovia – Zenith Bank Real bank fake scam

JIM OVIA & Zenith Bank

Jim Ovia is a real person and Zenith Bank is a real Nigerian bank. There is a scam flooding the Internet using Zenith to profit.

Picture of Jim Ovia

Many scammers (definitely not all) on the Internet are from third world countries. The case listed below is a scam coming from West Africa. We can assume that the use of actual banks and people from Nigeria that this scam is based in Nigeria. The following scam alludes to a real bank in Nigeria called Zenith. It also mentions Jim Ovia, a real person, who is a former CEO of Zenith bank.

From Reader:

I have been sending money by Western Union a very large sum of money to a Jim Ovia of Zenth Bank for help in geting 2.5 millinon dollars. Now if I have not been dealing with this man someone else has beeing using his name and title.

I have read a Biography of Jim Ovia on the internet and after learing what
a wire transfer is I feel like I have been scamed bad cause I have been sending the money through Western Union.


Always research and double check unsolicited (and solicited) claims of wealth on the Internet and in your inbox. Most things are not what they appear to be on the Internet. Your trust should be hard earned especially on the ‘Net. Some signs of the foul play will include (but will not be limited to):

Use of free email such as .gmail and .hotmail: Remember scammers do not typically have the resources to devote to setting up an email box and website that looks legit so they will use everything free that they can.

BAD ENGLISH: If they have very poor grammar, it is an indication that they probably don’t have the education to be put in a place where they would be responsible for other people’s money particularly an English client.

Check the links of the email: Some emails look like the come from the real “paypal” or the real “Zenith Bank” but it is actually what is called “phishing”. The email has all the official logos and letterhead but the links lead to fake sites. If you look “under the hood” of the email, you will find the real URLs and IP address. You may also see the use of free email. If you go into the email and “Show Original” or “Show source” you will see where email actually came from, where it is being forwarded to and where the links go to.

If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. This is an axiom that is an unfortunate truth due to human greed and selfishness.

FBI Headquarters In Washington (Nigerian Phishing Scam)

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Tel: 203-413-1789

Attn: Beneficiary,



FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Tel: 203-413-1789

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors Claiming to be Mr. Tito Mboweni Republic of the Reserve Bank Governor Of South African,Maria Ramos ABSA Bank CEO ,Christo Luus General Manager ABSA BANK, none officials of ABSA Bank, FNB Banks, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele FNB, Kevin Chaplin,Dr Danny Jordan CEO of the 2010 fifa world cup,Dr Irvin Khoza: Chairman, 2010 fifa organization committee, Joseph S. Blatter Fifa President, Chief Competitions Officer Derek Blanckensee, Chief Security Officer Linda Mti, Chief Financial Officer Farouk Seedat, Chief Communications Officer Richard Mkhondo, Chief Operations Officer Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Chief IT & T Officer Phumlani Moholi, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Derek Carstens, Chief Transport and Logistics Officer Skhumbuzo Macozoma,are Impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During our Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your Payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.

Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD. Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens, European Citizens, Asian Citizen and UK. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER Via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $300.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your Transaction.

CONTACT INFORMATION NAME: Mrs. Michelle Isaac EMAIL: Telephone Numbers: + 27 730-385-679

Do contact Mrs. Michelle Isaac of the ATM CARD center with your details:

So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment Information’s which you’ll use in making payment of $300.00 via Money Gram
Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the Delivery of your ATM CARD will be affected to your designated home Address without any further delay. Mrs. Michelle Isaac will reply you with the secret code (3898 ATM CARD).

We advice you get back to the payment office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you. Thanks and hope to read from you soon.

FBI Director Robert S.Mueller III.


Robert S. Mueller, III Director Since September 4, 2001- Present

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices Claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advised only to be in contact with Mrs. Michelle Isaac of the ATM CARD center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

Internet Dating Scam

Dating Scammers are parasites residing in EVERY dating site. They prey on the emotional vulnerable for your money.

I originally started for computer & Internet security issues. I found a few useful techniques on preventing and recovering from malware. After getting scammed I got interested in the helping people avoid fraud. I have found that people all over the world have the same experience I have had with these scams.

One of the biggest scams on the Internet right now are dateing scams. Scammers seem to be having great success on the dating sites and judging from what readers have submitted to this site, I believe it has to do with two primary factors:
1) Dating sites limited ability to stop scammers
2) Members of dating sites giving lots of money to scammers

Essentially, these two factors enables Internet date scams to exist and do fairly well.

The good news is that many of the major dating sites are doing better about informing their members of the date scam pandemic. Dating sites are beginning to for put up messages before they allow members to send any message to other members. Internet dating sites are also much better about discovering false profiles and shutting them down. They have begun to allow the users the ability to spot scammers and report them immediately.

The challenge is that anyone can create a false profile. Even legitimate members can create a fictitious profile and there is nothing that can stop them, however scammers can be easily identified by their practice of mass messaging hundreds of members over and over from a false profile. The success of Internet Dating scams are dependent on their ability to cast a wide net for profile phishing for the most emotionally vulnerable members of multiple dating sites.

Even with all the scammers and fraud, dating sites are still quickly becoming the best way to find a life partners. The caution that I would offer to members of dating sites is to take things slow and be VERY suspicious of anyone asking for money online also remember that most of the scammers are from Ghana, Nigeria and Russia but that is not to say they can not come from anywhere in the world.

Facebook Imposter Scam

The first time I saw the “impostor scam” was on myspace. One after another about 6 or 7 of my friends myspace accounts were hijacked. What followed was my friends sending me messages about viagra and bogus malware sites. It was obvious that they’d been hacked, but they usually catch it a few days later and send out a message to apologize to everyone. It seems not social network is exempt from the imposter scam.

Enter the Facebook Imposter Scam:
The Facebook Imposter Scam is the same exploit that hit myspace. Users accounts are hacked using phishing techniques. Basically, users are lured into clicking on what looks like a legitimate link, they are scammed into giving out their username and password (sometimes with a phishing site that looks like “facebook” a “facebook imposter”). Once the user enters the username password, the criminal has there information and can do whatever they want. What they typically do is use the account to advertise a product, service or scam to EVERY friend on the victims list. The facebook imposter will even use the victim’s account to scam others.

This scam earned its way on the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The best way to avoid falling prey to this imposter scam, is to watch out for outbound links. Always hover over alink and look at the bottom right-hand corner of the browser to see where it is actually going. Type in the supposed link into the address bar rather than clicking on outboud links. Pay attention to phishing warnings that myspace, search engines, browsers and facebook give you.

Walmart Survey $150

**This is a scam**
If you have recieved the “Walmart Survey Worth $150” with the subject “You Have Been Selected!” then you’ve
gotten a phishing scam that is aimed at getting you account information.

Walmart Survey $150 scam
Subject: You Have Been Selected !
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:59:30 -0500

Customer Satisfaction Survey
You have been chosen by Walmart to take part in our Customer Satisfaction Survey.
If you decide complete this survey, Walmart will send $150 to your confirmed Credit or Debit Card Account – Just for your time.
Helping us better understand how our customers feel, benefits everyone. With the information collected we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our services.
The Survey form is attached to this email. Please download the attachment, open it, and follow the instructions on your screen.

Walmart, as the party who controls the data collected in this survey, may use your responses together with data it has about you to ensure its products and services meet your needs. Walmart will treat data collected from you in accordance with the Walmart privacy policy. The data submitted by survey form will be transmitted over an SSL encrypted connection (128 bit Secure Socket Layer).

–Forwarded Message Attachment–

This form requires Javascript.
You either have Javascript disabled or you are using an old browser which does not support Javascript.
Please enable Javascript or open this form in a browser which supports Javascript.
Customer Satisfaction Survey

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will add $150 credit to your account just for taking part in our quick survey. With the information collected, we can decide to direct a number of changes to improve and expand our services.

Lame Wachovia Phish attempt

> From:
> Subject: Notification of e-mail address change!
> Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:04:19 -0500
> To:
> Thank you for banking online at Our records indicate that you recently added or made a change to one of your email address(es). This notification is to confirm that you initiated this change.
> If you feel you have received this email in error and did not add or change your email address(es), or if you have any questions, please visit our website bellow:
> Sincerely,
> David H. Stone
> Director of Customer Advocacy
> Wachovia Corporation – eCommerce Division
> Contact Us
> Online Services
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> seven days a week.
> (c)2005 Wachovia. Wachovia Corporation, 301 South College Street, Suite 4000, One Wachovia Center, Charlotte, NC 28288-0013. All Rights Reserved.
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