I received the following email twice and angered me enough to immediately post it here. the address it came from semingly is:
PəуPəl Servıce [firstname.lastname@example.org] and the hyperlink it leads to is
http://account-notice.psaolikosodoe.com?login-submit&dispatch=f4f73156d2dfbaff7ffxpp546b4bcab41751cb4ea4fxs56a0b30cebb6209g6hupuyifuy Couldnt be any less legitimate than already is... Funny enough it uses inverted "e" ə to avoid detection of the "a" in paypal. Quite interesting I must admit I almost didn't see it.
We suspend your əccount for ə while. you cən not əccess əll your pəypaI ədvantəges. Pleəse confirm your əccount immediətely. Becəuse we think thət your əccount is in dənger from steəling ənd unəuthorized uses.
This əccount Iimitətion wiII əffect your əbiIity to:
Send or receive money
Also, you won't be əbIe to:
Remove əny əccounts
Remove credit cərds
Close your əccount
What to do next
Pleəse confirm your əccount now and provide the requested informətion through the Account Review. If we don't receive the informətion before this deədline or we notice ədditional significənt chənges in your əccount əctivity, your əccount əccess məy be further disəbled.
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It has been some time since I posted here. But now I am back!
So I was selling something at in a greek website and this one showed up:
is "buying" stuff using fake paypal notifications.
I asked him and he refused to pay via Western Union.
Do not fall for it.
It is a scammer from Nigeria with the following details:
Name: Olushola Micheal
Address: 33 Oke Sokori Street
State: Ogun state
Zip code: 23439
the emails he sent:
Hello, I just forwarded the details to the PayPal now and they have finished making the payment into your account now and you should have receive the payment confirmation, check your PayPal email or junk/spam but temporary hold have been put on the transfer because you are to first send the Shipment Proof to them first, so i want you to proceed with the shipment first and send the details by replying to the confirmation message you receive for verification and remittance of your money into your account.
You received a Payment of €520,00 EUR from Amanda Ballinger PayPal Account to your PayPal Account.
Important Notice: This PayPal Payment has been deducted from the buyer's account but can not be credited into your account until the Shipment Information is received from you E.G Tracking Number or a copy of the Shipment Receipt.
You can now go and ship out the buyer's merchandise and send the tracking number to us in a reply of this confirmation message.
Reversals : This method of payment can not be reversed. Status : Pending - Shipment Required
Dear Valued Customer,
We are hereby informing you that the Payment Confirmation which you received earlier is now approved and is ready to be released to your PayPal account once you comply with this process. We will like you to know that we are expecting the shipment tracking number from you as soon as possible. We advise you to go and make the shipment with no further delay. Go ahead with the Shipment of the item being ordered from you by our client (Amanda Ballinger) and send us the Shipment Tracking Number for the Shipment Verification. Once the shipment has been confirmed the total amount of €520,00 EUR will be remitted to your PayPal account, from PayPal straight into your PayPal account. The process which you will have to follow so that you can get your money are being stated below: . Go ahead and Ship out the item ordered from you by our client to her provided address. . Send the Shipment Tracking Number to us for the Shipment verification. . You will have to be patient till when the Shipment Verification Process will be over which does not take not more than 24-48 Hours. . Your account would be credited immediately the Shipment Verification Process is Over.
This guy or gal, offered to send me two boxes full of money from Lybia through the diplomatic post no less, via Amsterdam to anywhere in the world for a small diplomatic cargo fee of 540€.
I am sorry to say that it would be better, if they would open one box, take 1000€ pay the fees, keep the rest for their involvement, and send the boxes over. Sadly this isn't going to happen :(
They also were nice enough to include a lovely photo of stacks of 100$ bills. I would have prefered 500€ stacks, but $ are ok too.
The diplomat has informed me that he has Arrived Amsterdam with the two boxes. I am very very happy with this . I have asked him to contact you so that arrangement can be made for you to receive the two boxes.
Immediately you receive the two boxes , I will cross the boarder egypt , from Edypt , I will travel to meet you .
Immediately he arrive , I will make arrangement to cross the boarder Egypt from Egypt , I will travell to meet you in Greece so that we can finalize the investment. The money was counted before It was handed over to the diplomat . I took the picture , I have sent you a copy .
Please keep this transaction confidential sincerely Dr Nai Ching"
I have received your message and the name of the nearest airport . The diplomatic cargo fee for the two boxes from Amsterdam to Athens is 540 Eur.
Please make arrangement to send this money by western union money transfer to
Gizmodo has an article about the hunt of the bad internet guys.
Quite a few stuff, other known other new tricks are revealed there.
"Essentially, these scammers can ruin their victims' lives and leave them totally blind to the fact that they opened the front door.
An Elusive Endgame
Unfortunately there's not too much that Segura can do other than simply raise awareness of active threats. Just putting in calls to the necessary authorities can occasionally shut down the phony sites, many of which operate out of India and pay workers more than they'd see in more legitimate jobs. Thanks to the efforts of Segura (and other security experts like him), the FTC launched a major crackdown on these very same tech support scams just a few years ago.
But while surges of enforcement are certainly helpful, the effects don't last long. Speaking with Gizmodo, Segura explained:
The crackdown really just shuts down some of [the scammer] domains or freezes some of their assets, and then these guys will just start on new websites the next day. It's not like they're going to jail, so they're just constantly switching between the dozens and dozens of websites that they register every day.
I think part of the problem is that some of the local police can be bribed, so [the scammers] have very little to worry about. And if something does happen, they can always just say it was a bad technician in their crew who's now fired. We won't do it again. And that's it.
And even though there's some personal satisfaction to be found in messing with these fake call centers a few times, you're playing a dangerous game:
A few [scammers] will get pissed off easily because some guys on the internet think they're avengers, so they'll ridicule them and waste their time on purpose. When they've been trolled by all sorts of people, they just don't have the patience and will just trash your computer. So I'm always cautious to keep it nice and clean with them; I don't want to insult them. I'd rather do it the proper way. But of course, they're still criminals. They're still scammers.
So at the end of the day, it pays to be kind. That's the only way Segura can get all the information he needs to expose their nefarious practices far and wide.
Almost as quickly as Segura an expose a scam, though, a new one will pop up in its place. A recent variant of the tech support scam actually attempts to convince unsuspecting Netflix users to call in to the fake hotline themselves—after entering their Netflix login information. If followed, this dastardly little trick could hit you pretty much anywhere it hurts, stealing money for fake services and your identity. And now, this same style of scam comes in way more flavors than just Netflix.
The bad guys keep innovating, but thankfully, Segura and others like him will always be on guard to raise the alarm. In the meantime, just be careful what you click—and who you let into your virtual home."
έλαβα ενα αυτόματο τηλεφώνημα σημερα που με ενημερωνε οτι κέρδισα 832 εύρω σε κουπονια και δωροεπιταγες.
ομολογώ οτι με τη λέξη "κέρδισα " είχαν την προσοχη μου. την έχασαν λίγο όταν άκουσα για κουπονια και τελείως όταν η φωνή στο τηλέφωνο με ρώτησε αν θέλω να με συνδέσει με κάποιον για να μου πει πώς να διεκδικησω τα κέρδη μου και να πίεσω το 1.
οι εικόνες που πέρασαν απο το μυαλό μου ήταν διαδοχικά ενός λαχείου, μιάς επισκεψης σε σουπερμαρκετ κρατώντας κουπονια όπου ξοδεύω άπειρο πόσο για να γλυτώσω 0,01 εύρω εδώ και εκεί και τελικα ενός boiler room στα προτυπα του λύκου της wall street. έκλεισα το τηλέφωνο σκεπτόμενος ότι δεν άξιζα τον χρόνο ενός τέτοιουτετοι τύπου όποτε βάλανε αυτόματο τηλεφωνητη να κάνει το ξεσκαρταρισμα. λοιπόν. είχαν δίκιο. ο χρόνος μου ειναι πιο πολύτιμος απο τον δικό τούς και όμως μου τον στερουνε. μπορούν να δώσουν τα "κέρδη" στα @@ μου λοιπόν.
Μερικές μέρες μετά, ξαναπήραν τηλέφωνο και αυτή τη φορά το σήκωσε η πεθερά μου. Η οποία δελεάστηκε και προχώρησε με το τηλεφώνημα. Εκεί μετά από αρκετή ώρα μπλα μπλα, και αφού τη ρώτησαν ένα κάρο προσωπικά στοιχεία, της είπαν ότι τα δώρα ήταν ή ένα σετ ομορφιάς ή δύο άλλα που δεν θυμάμαι και ότι για να τα κερδίσει, έπρεπε να πάρει έναν αριθμό ο οποίος θα κέρδιζε αν ταίριαζε με τον κερδίζοντα αριθμό ενός λαχείου...