Archive for January, 2012

So far this month, we’ve not seen a lot of especially dangerous spam in our inboxes. We’ve seen a lot of “repeat scams”:

Most banks, utilities, and major corporations send you secure messages at their web sites and ask you re reply with a secure message using their web site. No one at UD or any other legitimate entity will ever ask you to submit your password in email.

Bottom line: if a message asks you to send personal information back via email, delete it.

As promised above, here’s a sample of an email scam. It’s a pretty easy one to spot (typos, not bothering to spoof a address, fractured grammar, etc.) See one like it? Delete it.

From: 	IT Services Update! <>
Subject: [ESC7-SPAM] Account Update!
Date: 	January 27, 2012 4:15:18 AM EST
Account Update!
Dear Email User
This message is from Information Technology Services of This EMAIL to all our Staff. 
We are currently upgrading our database and e-mail center and this is our final
notification to you.we have sent several messages to you without response.
We are deleting all unused Mail account to create space for new accounts. In
order not to be suspended, you will have to update your account by providing 
the information listed below:

Confirm Your E-Mail Details..
User name: ..................
Re Confirm Password:.............

If you fail to confirm your continuous usage of our services by confirming your email
password now, your account will be disable and you will not be able to access 
your email.

You should immediately reply this email: and enter your password
in the above password column.
Thanks for your understanding.
IT Services

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An astute reader should be able to tell that this is a scam.

  • Not from someone you know.
  • A “twitter-shortened” link in the middle of an email message.
  • Sent TO an email address you don’t recognize.

Free gifts from an airline sound appealing, but don’t click the link. DO delete the message.

Date: Sat Jan 14 20:11:37 EST 2012
From: Shan Don
Subject: Re:

ATTN: Facebook Users, Southwest is giving away 100% free gifts. Rush, Don’t hold off a second. Here is webpage – There only 239 available.

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No one at UD will fall for a scam like this one, right? But maybe your 90-year-old grandmother with her first iPad may not be so circumspect.

Just like you tell your 7-year-old twins before they go out into the neighborhood, tell her that, on the Internet, she needs to watch out for Stranger Danger.

See a message like this one? Delete it.

From: “Mrs. Christabel Brown”
Subject: hello
Date: January 13, 2012 1:48:49 PM EST
To: “.”

Dear GODS Elect,

It’s my pleasure to have contact with you,based on the critical condition I find mine self,though, it’s not financial problem, but my health,you might have know that cancer is not what to talk home about,though I don’t know you,and my contact with you was not by mistake, but by devine favour of GOD.

I am married to Mr. Smith Brown who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2008.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for five days.

Since his death I decided not to remarry, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$ 8.2m(Eight million two hundred thousand dollars)in a bank in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso in west Africa Presently this money is still in bank. He made this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining. Recently, My Doctor told me that I don’t have much time to live because of the cancer problem,

Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to charity” people and helping the orphanage.

I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by the Gorvernment. I grew up as an Orphan and I don’t have anybody as my family member, just to endeavour that the name of GOD is maintained. Am doing this so that GOD will forgive my sins and accept my soul because this sickness has suffered me so much.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso and I will send authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.

Mrs. Christabel Brown
written from Hospital.

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Oh, no, I’ve received email that my Wachovia Bank account has been suspended!

This phish would be moderately effective if it didn’t refer to a bank that no longer exists! Wachovia was bought by Wells Fargo over a year ago. Besides, as the screen shot below indicates, the link in the email message does not go to a Wells Fargo (or Wachovia!) address.

Just delete it.

Phishing scam allegedly from a bank that no longer exists!

Phishing scam allegedly from a bank that no longer exists!

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