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A recent string of “send me a loan” phishing scams are appearing in UDel inboxes. The email looks like it is from a distressed friend or family member.  The scammer will engage in a conversation leading up to them asking you to wire  money through a bank or Western Union.


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After the distressing and grammatically incorrect message, scammers sometimes provide the information you need in the original email and wait for you to wire them money:


You can have the $2,250 dollars. wired to me via Western Union. Have it wired to my name and present location, here are the details you need to have it wired to me..

Receiver’s Name: Karen Morgan
Location: 58,Mary cris crecent,quezon city,
Country: manila,Philippines

Once you are done Kindly e-mail me the Confirmation details (MTCN) for the pick up of the funds.

Let me know when you head out to Western Union??


A scammer can hijack someone’s email account and steal their address book. Using that address book, the scammer will send “send me a loan” messages to people in the victim’s address book using a similar email address that is usually only a character off the original. An Example of a stolen email account is if someone uses jondoe1234@yahoo.com, then the scammer will make the fake account jondoe11234@yahoo.com or jondoe1234@live.com.

When you see these messages  make sure you verify it is the person before sending money. Asking a personal question or contacting the person and people they know are good ways to catch the scammer.  And, as always, never send any personal information over an email.

 

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Yesterday, Feb. 29, would have been Bill’s 17th/68th birthday. (He has born on leap day.) Unfortunately, he died in 2007. So imagine the surprise generated when email arrived saying Bill needs a loan because his trip to Madrid has gone sour.

This is an extreme case–the message from the other side of the grave–but it is getting to be a common scam: a hijacked email address account sends a plea for money to everyone in the hijacked account’s address book. And because it’s a hijacked account, things like the signature or tag phrase the real sender would have used often appear at the end of the message. In this version, the deceased’s real address is modified slightly in the reply-to field so that the hijacker can harvest replies.

We’ve seen variations of this message claiming that the alleged sender is stranded in London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and–now–Madrid. It’s a type of phishing scam.

See a message like this one? Delete it.

From: Bill <bassdog237@yahoo.com>
Subject: Sad News Please Help ……Bill
Date: March 1, 2012 9:58:42 AM EST
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Reply-To: basdog237@yahoo.com

Hi,

Just writing to let you know our trip to Spain Madrid has been a mess. I was having a great time until last night when we got mugged and lost all my cash, credit card and cell phone It has been a scary experience, I was hit at the back of my neck with a club. Anyway.I’m still
alive and that’s whats important. I’m financially strapped right now and need your help. I need you to loan me some $$, I’ll refund it to you as soon as i arrive home.Please let me know what you can do

Keep yourself simple, keep your life natural, never stop growing.

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