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Title: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 20 May, 2015, 01:12:24 pm
Today's is from Sage, the address is wrong, apart from the Newcastle Upon Tyne bit.

The lazy b****** haven't even added an attachment, just sent a link to a zip file!

It can be quite fun reading them, especially if your email doesn't do HTML (by choice)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 20 May, 2015, 02:48:38 pm
Had a similar one purporting to come from sky.com.

Yeah, right.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 23 July, 2015, 08:29:45 am
Over the last two days I have received a load from dart-charge (yeah right!) and, apparently, my domain has a Xerox MFU in Turkey!  I know this to be so as I am receiving documents scanned on it!!! :)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Pingu on 23 July, 2015, 09:33:53 am
I've received a few of them at work. Ignored, of course.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 26 July, 2015, 01:11:35 pm
Got a different one the other day...

Quote
Hello,

I am Samuel Williams. I want to seek for admission in your hospital for my pregnant wife. She is 20 weeks pregnant now and will be due to deliver on November 2015. This is her second issue as she had already had one child through normal delivery. She is 26 years old. I hope that your hospital will accept her for child delivery. What is the requirement for admission for child delivery in your establishment. Give me the grand total cost of delivery (Normal/surgery) in your hospital.  Admission date will probably be on the 11th November,2015. Your positive response will be appreciated.


Regards,
Samuel Williams.

Any ideas? It went to the very old account I used to use for one of the morris teams I used to be in.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on 28 July, 2015, 04:48:34 pm
Scam email - not dissimilar to one someone received asking for cost of staying in their B&B.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 31 July, 2015, 11:33:37 am
I sorted some of Aged Father's emails a couple of weeks ago.
I was amazed by the number of penis enlargements he was offered.
Neither I nor Male Partner have received these for AGES!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 12 January, 2016, 02:18:40 pm
An amusing 419, due to the cause of death....

Greetings:

HAPPY CHRISTMAS & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

My name is Mr. Rufus Raymond, a Registered Broker of Cooper Sec (Pty) Limited. One
of my clients bearing the same name as yours died after a brief illness, in
Manchester United Kingdom in March 2008 leaving US$8,360 000.00 under my care as the
personal broker. I did managed to reached the wife telephonically only to find out
of her death in 2012 with the only daughter; both killed by arm rubbers in their new
home in Madrid - Spain.

Recently, Government is threatening to confiscate the funds if fails to provide the
next of kin in 30 days. I cannot watch the Government confiscates the money so I
decide to seek for someone sharing the same name/surname to claim the funds as the
relative. That is why I contact you; I will share it with you in 50/50 ratio. Kindly
respond with your full address and cell phone number for professional
dialog/commencement. I have the power to present to the corresponding bank for
immediate release of the funds to your care. Note our transfer processes are legal
and must be done through online bank transfer method. Looking forward to hearing
from you as soon as possible.

Until then have a great day!
Best Regards

Mr. Rufus Raymond
(The Chief Broker)
Importantly: If you are not interested, please ignore the message
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Polar Bear on 12 January, 2016, 02:53:49 pm
Blimey.  Death by arm rubbing!!!    :o
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: drossall on 12 January, 2016, 09:18:15 pm
It can be quite fun reading them, especially if your email doesn't do HTML (by choice)

Just got one from PayPal. This one was quite convincing but, as above, I like a plain-text client because I can just read through and check whether it's fake.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Attitudeless Badger on 13 January, 2016, 06:39:00 am
Asking the idiot's question, what can you see in plain text that gets hidden in HTML?   
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: drossall on 13 January, 2016, 07:55:37 am
Where the hyperlink really points to.

In HTML, obviously, a link has two components. For example, YACF forum (http://yacf.co.uk/) has the text "YACF forum", and the link "http://yacf.co.uk". So, if you replace the text with a link, there are still two parts, but they are the same, for example: http://yacf.co.uk/ (http://yacf.co.uk/)

Now leave the text part as the YACF URL, but change the actual link part to a dodgey site (for this demonstration, an unimpeccably safe site where some of us spend time, but not in fact the one where the link appears to go): http://yacf.co.uk/ (http://forum.ctc.org.uk/)

So, in HTML, although some Internet security software puts checks in (and some of you may even get alerts on that last link), it's easy to have a link that seems to go to the real bank site, but actually goes to something that the spammers built to look real, but to defraud you.

Plain text is plain text in the sense that SMS is plain text. You can't have a two-part link. You can type http://yacf.co.uk/ but you can't hide it behind text of any kind. So we can always see, very easily, where the link really goes, and check whether it matches the bank's actual URL. (Note - some email software spots links in plain text and makes them clickable for convenience, but there's still only one part, so you're still seeing the real thing. In fact, as I review this message, my browser is making that last link clickable, even though I didn't use the limited HTML in the forum message editor to make it into a link.)

You still need to check, of course, that the link really is going to what you know to be the bank's URL.

It's really important though to understand that plain text does not mean "text without any italics and font changes". It means, like SMS, text written in a system that simply does not allow the transmission of formatting. It's not just that I am sending a text message without italics or fonts; it's that I couldn't, even if I wanted to, because SMS doesn't understand such things.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Pickled Onion on 13 January, 2016, 07:56:31 am
For example, you can see what a link is actually pointing to. In HTML it might say "click here: www.paypal.com (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=63751.msg1972614;topicseen#new)" but actually clicking on the link takes you to somebody's hacked server or PC with a completely different domain.

That's not fail-safe though: there were some clever spams over Christmas where the spammers had bought domains like sainsbury-customer.com and had very legit looking offers. Only by a whois search could you see the the domain was registered the day before in Panama or some such.

EDIT: x-post with drossall
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: drossall on 13 January, 2016, 08:02:31 am
Hence my comment that you still need to check URLs. I believe my PayPal one used paypal-customer

It helps to know that domains work backwards. uk is under the control of one authority. co.uk is similarly controlled by one authority. yacf.co.uk is similarly controlled by one authority (our benevolent forum team). So newsite.yacf.co.uk would be a safe site because we trust yacf.co.uk. yacf-new.co.uk would not be, because yacf-new isn't part of yacf, it's a separate part of .co.uk

Hope this makes sense.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 13 January, 2016, 08:42:50 am
I'm still using the 2007 version of Eudora. "View message source" reveals all.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DDCyclist on 13 January, 2016, 08:47:20 am
I use Thunderbird as my email client. If you hover over a link it displays the target URL in the bottom/left of the window. Most other clients (AFAIK) do the same.

If I'm in doubt it's easy enough to click View\Message Body As\Plain Text or view the message source.
My default mode is DISTRUST so, in general I don't click links in emails. I go to the site in a browser window and navigate from there. I think the only links in emails I do click are YACF and other fora, some news feeds, and in emails from people I know and which I know will not lead to anything damaging.

I view most, if not all, email in HTML. I don't, however, display remote content (e.g. images) by default. It's common practice (or was) for scammers to reference a small image (often just a single pixel) with a name unique to your email. This allowed them to check if the email had been read thus proving the email address was live. Your email address then had added value and would become more targetted by spammers, phishers etc.   

I also use Vfemail as an email provider. They do a lot of filtering of emails passing through their servers, including viruses and known scammers. Vfemail = Virus Free Email. Their spam filters aren't perfect (it's a moving target) but I rarely receive spam and equally rarely lose 'good' messages into the spam folder (accessible via their web interface). Other similar email providers are available.

The biggest problem I've had in the last few months has been about my iCloud/iTunes accounts being frozen because I haven't entered my details and, therefore, fall foul of some new US security legislation or other. The iTunes account has been frozen since September, apparently, but still works perfectly. I have never had an iCloud account.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Feanor on 13 January, 2016, 09:18:08 am
I use Thunderbird as my email client. If you hover over a link it displays the target URL in the bottom/left of the window. Most other clients (AFAIK) do the same.

I use-hover-over all the time to check where urls point, and it's a great irritation to me that you can't easily do this on mobile devices.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 13 January, 2016, 09:28:24 am
On the phone just now, a recorded message saying "Your new SIM card is ready. Please call 0899..... to confirm your address and the times during which it can be delivered".

Pull the other one, duckie. 0899 numbers are usually high-tariff phoneys.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Woofage on 13 January, 2016, 10:18:15 am
I had one of those "help I'm stranded abroad with no money" e-mails recently. Since this was (allegedly) from someone I actually knew I bothered to read it. I noticed that the reply-to address is ever-so-slightly different to the person's actual e-mail address. A sneaky way of getting the gullible to communicate with the scammer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 13 January, 2016, 10:38:04 am
MrsC had a Facebook message conversation with someone who'd hacked into a friend's account trying to pull that scam. She was convinced for quite a long time. The biggest clue that it was a fake was the likelihood of a single mother working in a call centre being able to take the whole family to Thailand for a holiday in the first place.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 13 January, 2016, 10:41:23 am
Hello,

  I am Captain. Kevin James commanding 3rd Battalion army with the United States and Britain Coalition Force in Afghanistan. Due the decision by our Government to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan. I have decided to quit the army.

    I am considering a possibility of doing business with you, which is why I'm reaching out to you. On the other hand I want to inform you that I have in my possession the sum of 7.2million Euros (Seven million two hundred thousand Euros) which I recovered during one of our raids on terrorists here in Afghanistan, possibly funds left by the terrorists group. I do not intend handing this money over to the Government, and i have been able to move the money out of war zone with the help of Red Cross organization to a security company somewhere safe and secured.

  Please if you are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary. I believe I can trust you. Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our discussions, then I can explain in details to you. I will only reach you through emails, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.

  Also I want you to know that am revealing this deal to you with belief that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this deal, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you on the next step to take.

If you are interested please reply me immediately so I can contact you for further details. I am doing this on trust, you should understand and you should know that as a trained military expert I will always play safe in case you are the bad type, but I pray you are not. 7.2 million Euros, is a lot of money, i couldn't hesitate but reveal to you the details due to the limited time frame.

   I'm patiently waiting for your contact details so we would proceed as soon as possible. In less than 7 days the money should have been noted on your care. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum and 60% would be mine. I hope I am being fair on this deal?

I wish you all the best of luck. waiting to hear from you urgently.

Thank You.
Captain Kevin James.
captainjames number gmail

(Sent from a completely different Mexican address, with a reply-to address of captainjames different number gmail. Even if it wasn't obviously fraudulent from the contents that should set every alarm in the street ringing)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Attitudeless Badger on 13 January, 2016, 01:33:14 pm
Thanks very much for the detailed explanations. I was aware never to click on any of these link but it is good to understand the science behind it....
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Somnolent on 13 January, 2016, 02:17:23 pm
Quote
Hi Friend,
Paris from Yongkang Simple Outdoor Products Co.,Ltd.
Glad to know that you are in the outdoor heating and barbecue products.
We specialized in providing Patio Heater, BBQ and Fire Pit for several years.
We have developed 10types of 2015 NEW MODEL for your refference.
All products approve the ISO/CE/ETL certificates etc.
Please contact me for any enquiries and questions.
Thanks and have a pleasant day!
Best Regards!
Paris Shentu
To my @audax.uk functional address
I can usually smell these a mile away - and only opened this because of the word Paris in the header.
Doh!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 13 January, 2016, 03:02:28 pm
I am at present receiving a number of Skype and Whatsapp messages, purporting to inform me that I have new voice messages, etc, etc, as well as one telling me I won't be able to send messages because I have exceeded my storage limit.

Bollocks to the latter, and I have never used either What'sapp or Skype.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 14 January, 2016, 07:46:00 pm
Attention Beneficiary:

This is to officially informed you that we have concluded arrangements to effect your payment of $850,000 USD through MONEY GRAME Swift Money transfer services today, but the maximum amount you will be receiving every day starting from tomorrow is $2,000.00 as reflected in our transfer system daily until the funds is completely transferred.

This special arrangement is being used to avoid all scrupulous demands by both the states and federal authorities that have previously delayed your payment till date; we shall need your maximum co-operation to ensure that strictness and confidence is maintained to avoid any further delays.

The above arrangement has been signed and endorsed by UNITED NATION (UN),INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) given credence that this transaction is devoid of any form of illegality.

Please contact the Accredited MONEY GRAME Agent for the details of your first payment of $2,000 USD and reconfirm your correct details that you will like the first transfer to be program with such as Receivers Name, destination where you will like the transfer to be send to and your cell phone number for urgent communication if the need arise.

Fill your details below for reference purposes:

Your Full Name
Country
Address
City
Age
Sex
Phone Number

Upon your acceptance we will give you the contact information of Mr Samuel Tata the Electronic Transfer officer of MONEY GRAME MONEY TRANSFER for immediate programming of your first transfer:

Name: Mr Samuel Tata.
Mobile:+29962536386

Thanks and God Bless
Mr FRANK SMITH
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: contango on 16 January, 2016, 05:36:50 am

Meh. Not worth getting out of bed for a sum that's not even a million dollars. The best one I got was from a representative of a dead Nigerian prince who was going to give me a generous cut of $400,000,000. I think my share was going to be $240,000,000. Sadly I hit the delete button instead of the reply button. Oh well... these Nigerian princes seem to have a remarkably high death rate so I'm sure another one will be along soon.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DDCyclist on 17 January, 2016, 10:31:54 am
Oh bol****cks. My non-existent Apple iCloud account has been closed again. What will I do with my life now I no longer have an iCloud account I never had in the first place? I know. I'll spend ages trying to recover the 0 bytes of data I'd stored.  ??? ::-)

This time it was a phishing attempt inviting me to log in via iaccountscheck.net to enter my full details (different domain in the sender's email address). No doubt a reasonably convincing web form, not that I'm going to go there as I don't want to risk a drive-by download.  :hand:

Duly forwarded, with full headers, to reportphishing@apple.com

I'm sure I've reported these before and I can't be the only recipient who has done that. How come I'm still receiving them?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 17 January, 2016, 11:26:45 am
I'm sure I've reported these before and I can't be the only recipient who has done that. How come I'm still receiving them?

I don't think the law will permit the Mega-Global Fruit Corporation of Cupertino, USAnia's representatives to go round to the scammers' house with a MAC-10.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DDCyclist on 17 January, 2016, 11:56:20 am
The address I've received these emails from, and the URL they want me to visit, has not changed for at least a year. Possibly longer.

While sending the Marines (or the SAS in burqas) round might be a little unlikely they could, at least, have launched a drone attack after all this time.

I've just checked my spam folder online. It seems I have 48 hours to update my PayPal account details or I'll lose it. The URL they want me to click on looks as though it came out of a bag of Scrabble letters with random other characters thrown in so it must be a secure one. I'll trust that one ...  ::-)

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 17 January, 2016, 12:13:23 pm
My! Yahoo! mail! Account! is nearing its limit of 1GB; I am currently using 99.8 GB and therefore my account will be suspended if I don't give all my details to someone so thick they can't do basic arithmetic.

Daily, and that's just the ones that Yahoo! doesn't! filter! out!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 17 January, 2016, 01:09:01 pm
Reset my ebay account to overcome 'limitations'......
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 18 January, 2016, 12:50:43 am
Nigerian woman with big...(third name I've had on identical messages) saw my bookface profile and I'm a cute guy. Oh.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Maverick on 26 January, 2016, 09:17:41 am
Oh come on, make an effort!! How many levels of fail can you get in one phishing email  :facepalm:

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/martinbe/11615811-81a6-4ff8-84f5-1caa6b0ff515_zpsf3fbt7fc.jpg) (http://s703.photobucket.com/user/martinbe/media/11615811-81a6-4ff8-84f5-1caa6b0ff515_zpsf3fbt7fc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 26 January, 2016, 06:39:52 pm
account_updates@amzon.co.co.uk.uk?  Fuckuck offff!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 27 January, 2016, 08:24:46 am
Had one yesterday from "HMRC" about my refund now they've finished my return  ::-)

And it came from an "Intertek.com" address, which is a real company - albeit totally unrelated to HMRC.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 01 February, 2016, 05:09:48 am
Reef Johnson Senior
Accounting Officer
Nedbank Johannesburg
South Africa



   Dear Sir/Madam, I'm Reef Johnson, a Senior accounting officer to the one of the generation banks in South Africa(NedBank Plc). I am on quest for a business associate. I gather sources from the United States Embassy here in South Africa, I was directed to get into contact with you.




 On this business transaction. Hence, be rest assured all is pretty well. Earlier on 26/June/2014, A automobile crash that took along the south east of marula took the life of several individuals along the high way, having twenty one (11) body bags instantly dead (6) were brutally injured during the Auto crash incident which was piloted by a drinking driver at the hours of 10:00 On record to the sad event, sources confirmed, Late Engr Mr. Fred Horace, was involved along with his wife and other body bags during the auto crash attack.



 My prime purpose of contacting you, is for you to stand as a relative to Late Mr. Fred Horace, who was a contractual officer to South Africa. According to file, Late Mr. Fred Horace, had with Nedbank South Africa a sum of $18 million United state dollar and his Estate. As a matter of fact, all effort to locate his immediate family proved abortive since he was only here on a contract with the South Africa Govt, Federal Ministry of Work and Urban Development Council (FMWUDC) on a four years contract.



 Therefore, I am asking you to stand in as the NEXT OF KIN to the said fund. I will defend you to the bank. I have shared the percentage right of the Fund into this applicable ration, I will go with $42% and you will have 48% while the other 10% will to any charitable organization of our choice. I have before now done some underground work, to safe guard you through and after the finality of these transaction. Hence, do not panic. All will surely go in through. In conclusion, all I require of you is your maximum trust in honesty to enable us see this deal through.



Thus let use this opportunity wisely. On the other look of things, if you feel uncomfortable in helping me I will advice you divulge me so that we do not encounter any slow down while in progress.


Thank you

Yours' Faithfully

Reef Johnson
reef.johnson2@aol.com
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 01 February, 2016, 11:39:21 pm
USD18 mn in his bank account? That's a very well-paid government contract!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 02 February, 2016, 04:06:09 pm
<<I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Philippines for Tour. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. I will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you ($4,300).  this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.>>

 <<Pull the other one.

You've been hacked!>>

<<No, i sent it to you because i really need you to help me out, am sorry i never told you about this. Am sorry i never told you about it. I will pay back the money, i
am sorry if am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. I will be indeed very grateful if i can get a loan of $3,400 from you, this will
enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever. You can have the money wired to me via Western union. The
information you need is the name on my passport
and present location below:
Name: Jane Dwyer
Location: 1618 .M. hiron street Cruz 1004
Country: Manila Philippines
As soon as you are done with the transfer kindly get back to me with the western union details to pick up the money.
Thank you.>>

<<But the reply email address is NOT the original email address! This pathetic sob story has being doing the rounds on the internet for AGES.
I wasn't born yesterday and I've seen it half a dozen times before.
NOW FUCK OFF!>>

No further replies received. I wonder why??...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 02 February, 2016, 04:28:24 pm
MrsC got one of those as a FB message. The person at the other end was convincing enough that she asked me what to do, although she did have her suspicions
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 02 February, 2016, 04:48:23 pm
The first time I had one, I spoke to Bob Kynaston (who's been dead 3 years now) and asked him if Mike really WAS away on holiday. When he said they'd had lunch together the day before, I knew Mike had been hacked.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 03 February, 2016, 08:02:15 am
The first one I had was swiftly followed by a post to another Intertubes forum from the alleged victim saying that no, he wasn't stuck in Manila without any money or his passport, not least because he didn't have a passport to lose in the first place.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 05 February, 2016, 06:38:49 pm
13 e-mails from Southern Railways, whom I have not done business with since before I had the Internets ???
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 06 February, 2016, 10:04:40 pm
Re-reading my post upthread I see my poor friend wasn't even consistent about the money she 'needed'...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: jsabine on 07 February, 2016, 01:07:14 am
Well, it's got all the same numbers in it ...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: contango on 07 February, 2016, 04:29:17 am
Today my spam folder acquired some new emails:

Loan Offer Listings
Survival Things our Grandfathers built Around The House
Professional teeth whitening
Methods to regrow lost hair
Wow you're fat!
Obama is getting ready for WW3, are you?
6 different requests from PayPaI to confirm my identity (note the capital I on the end of PAYPAI)
A new magic game-changing golf wedge
and a warning that my power costs will increase unless I get an Apple ibox

Yesterday's spam collection included offers for a new garage floor, shed plans, home roofing, ways to achieve powerful female orgasms and fury among Big Pharma that a herbal cure for erectile dysfunction had been released.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 11 February, 2016, 09:56:14 pm
Lots of WhatsApp and linkedin stuff, neither of which I have ever used, but then this one. LOVE the name!


ttn: Beneficiary,
 
I am Mr Jimmy West , the director of Diamond Bank Benin. This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia counties etc. as Contract payment,Fund inheritance or Lottery Winning due to Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies In releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money Laundry activities going on world wide.
 
The World Bank Group has Mandated the Diamond Bank Benin via my Office to release funds to beneficiaries through Cash delivery, Hence Your Name appears as one of The fund beneficiaries whom their fund was successfully cleared recently From Terrorist and Money laundry and your money will be released to you Through International Cashier's Bank Draft that will be cash able from any International Bank in your country or cash delivery been the only way you would receive Your money to avoid paying excess charges. As regard to this arrangement, you are advised to contact the telex director DR. SHITU ABUBAKAR through his direct email:( diamoudbank02@yahoo.es ) Contact DR. SHITU ABUBAKAR with the contact information below. Telex director Diamond bank Benin
 
name: DR. SHITU ABUBAKAR
Direct email:( diamoudbank02@yahoo.es )
DIRECT TEL: +229 98860041
 
You are therefore advised to forward your direct telephone numbers, Your complete name and your house address to DR. SHITU ABUBAKAR for Immediate
release of your fund to you Most importantly be aware that ($3.5Million Dollars) Only was allocated to you,
 
Be also informed that the Fund Approvals and authorization document Including Anti-terrorist Clearance Certificate was issued in your name and
has been handed over to DR.SHITU ABUBAKAR to release to you. Finally, DR.SHITU ABUBAKAR is standby to receive your communication and Release
your fund to you through Cash delivery without further delay. Make your contact directly to him through Email contact any time because we are
working 24 Hours to be able to meet with the mandate given by the World Bank,
 
Thanks for your maximum
cooperation. Mr Jimmy West



Shit you too, Jimmy. "Diamoud"?

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: drossall on 11 February, 2016, 11:26:56 pm
Today's spam (well, strictly I know I'm on their mailing list) came from a well-known bike shop:

Quote
Subject: For the love of your life

So I forwarded it to her. Unfortunately, she noticed that it was from the Cycle Surgery. "That's a good idea," she said.  :o :hand:

I've hidden all my bikes.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Dibdib on 20 April, 2016, 09:46:01 am
Oh the irony...

Quote
  MR. IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU. (CHAIRMAN)
                                                             ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION
                                                                 NIGERIA INVESTIGATION BUREAU
                                                                    14A AWOLOWO LANE, IKOYI
                                                                          LAGOS NIGERIA.
                                                                Motto: No Body is Above the LAW
                                                            ( BE CAREFUL OF THE HOODLUMS / SCAMMERS)
                                                                   Like the N/s from Nigeria!
ATTENTION: Beneficiary,
                                                                    BE CAREFUL OF THE HUDLOOM
Firstly we introduce this commission, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) we fight cyber crime, Internet fraud, scam and money laundering in Africa and London United Kingdom Our commission has been in existences since 2004 and our duty is to stop internet fraud. We have over 7,500 of them in our jails around Africa and UK and we are still looking for these internet fraudsters and we are aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived a huge amount of money has also been lost to this fraudsters after promising you percentages in their letters for you to help them move funds and they will end up demanding for money from you and in return you will get nothing.
The Leaders of the African Crime fighters has come together to inform the world what is going on now and we have recovered over $422 Million Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Million Dollars) from the people we have apprehended. The reason we are writing you this letter is because your name was given to us by one of the fraudsters in our detention room after serious investigation and our aim is to refund all lost fund to its legitimate owner.
The Government has approved a total of ($2.5Million) only as the Compensation of the lost that you incurred as this was a ceiling rate as some suffered more while others suffered less to and the idea is to restore you back to the position that you would have been if not that you are defrauded. In addition to the compensation amount also approved in your favor is ($2.5Million) only will be paid to you in the next few days as the International conformable Draft has been issued in your favor?
We are doing this in other to retain the good image of this great country, the president (MR. IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU) has instructed the payment of ($2.5Million) each to 200 victims both America Asia Europe Etc. Due to his political straightness, all that you have to do right now is to contact the undersigned furnish him with the following data of yours immediately as we intend finalizing this payment in few days time.
1) YOUR FULL NAME:................
2) YOUR FULL ADDRESS:...........
3) COUNTRY:.................
4) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER:...........
5) YOUR OCCUPATION:...............
6) YOUR IDENTITY:...................
7) YOUR ID.....................
(HOW DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE YOUR FUNDS)
 
(ATM CARD/ BANK TO BANK TRANSFER)
CONTACT PERSON: MR.JOHN WILL
 
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: [snipped 'coz google]
Yours Sincerely,
MR. IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU
CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 21 April, 2016, 09:57:30 am
I don't receive these things any more.  Where am I going wrong? How can i climb back into the loop?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: IanDG on 18 May, 2016, 02:58:44 pm
I'm due to appear in court apparently - papers and relevant documents are in a zip file

Dear Ian,

This is to inform you to appear in the Court on the May 25 for your case hearing.
Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and bring them to Court on the specified date.
Note: If you do not come, the case will be heard in your absence.

You can review complete details of the Court Notice in the attachment.

Regards,
Mike Beard,
District Clerk.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 18 May, 2016, 03:14:04 pm
I don't receive these things any more.  Where am I going wrong? How can i climb back into the loop?


Same here - though my personal junk emailbox is generally filled with genuine tripe these days - I *really* ought to unsubscribe from groupon et al as I have NEVER bought anything from them.


Any time I've ever had a 'your eBay/paypal/whatever account has been limited!!!' email I've first gone (a) meh, give a shit? not really...  then (b) gone directly to eBay/paypal/whatever's website and had a look.  Oh what a surprise, it's fine.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 18 May, 2016, 10:33:24 pm
Quote
Attention:

I am Diplomat Kevin Smart; United Nation Diplomat Agent in charge for your delivery. I have been trying to reach you about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in Chicago International Airport with your consignment box containing US$8.6 million which I have been instructed by United Nation and the compensation award committee to be deliver to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the papers I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Tag which is not placed on the box,

one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful .I try to reason with them and
they stated the delivery tag will cost you just $250 Dollars only to get the tag placed on the box as that tag will enable me get to your house successfully without any interference.

Please try and reach me with +1 (912) 417-9265 as I can not afford to spend more time here. I have the documents backing up your consignment as I can accompany you to your bank where you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers without any stress. I have more vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it’s the diplomatic rules.

You can direct the tag fee of $250 to our Head Office as they will get it for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority. Please re-confirm your residential address to me to avoid mistake.

Country:…………………………..
Your Full Name:………………………
Your Current address:……………………….
Direct telephone Number:……………………..
Home/office# Fax:…………………………………..
State:…………………………….
Zip code:……………………
Closest Int. Airport:…………..
Alternative email:…………..

Upon confirmation of your details you will receive instruction on how to make the payment for the delivery tag fee of $250 that will be placed on the box. Once this is confirmed I will proceed with delivery immediately to your house.

Looking forward to hearing from you and congratulations once again.

Diplomat Kevin Smart
United Nation Diplomatic Agent
Email: dkelvinsmart@gmail.com
Tel: +1 (912) 417-9265

Well, the scamming f*ker will just have to wait at Chicago International Airport for a while.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 18 May, 2016, 11:01:32 pm
Diplomat Kevin Smart sounds like a relative of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Morat on 19 May, 2016, 04:10:55 am
At work we're getting loads of fake invoices and they're all .dotm or even .js attachments. They're clever and send to 4-5 addresses at once and a minute apart so the emails don't show up as a spam bomb and get blocked immediately.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 20 May, 2016, 07:25:29 am
And at the other end of the scale...

Quote
I am Engr. Zakarria Adam a petrochemical/oil exploration Engineer I need your mutual assistance.

Kindly get back to me via my personal e-mail engzakadam1@barid.com for more comprehensive breakdown.

Engr. Z Adam

Sent to an old address for MrsC.
Would anyone respond?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 24 May, 2016, 06:41:35 pm
Your mutual assistance huh? 


Do you run a cooperative?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 26 May, 2016, 06:11:58 pm
A well crafted Apple bill email, indicating I'd bought a month of  Netflix for £19

Sent to the wrong email address, but likely to catch the unwary.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 26 May, 2016, 06:15:00 pm
My least favourite spam these days comes from 38 degrees et al.


Just because I sign one petition does not mean I'm going sign sodding everything  >:( ::-)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 26 May, 2016, 06:33:56 pm
Bauer Media Group, take your spammy messages about $PHOTOGRAPHY_MAGAZINE, and have them printed out and fitted nasally >:(  I am not a subscriber to said magazine, have never bought a copy and never will.  Knobgobblers.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 26 May, 2016, 09:19:30 pm
Someone called Alice keeps emailing me, from different random email addresses, saying I have won one of several random prizes. Wouldn't be so bad if she didn't get my surname wrong everytime!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 26 May, 2016, 10:02:57 pm
My least favourite spam these days comes from 38 degrees et al.

Just because I sign one petition does not mean I'm going sign sodding everything  >:( ::-)
+1
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 26 May, 2016, 10:04:31 pm
Someone called Alice keeps emailing me, from different random email addresses, saying I have won one of several random prizes. Wouldn't be so bad if she didn't get my surname wrong everytime!

In your situation, I don't think I'd be able to resist telling Alice that the person she's looking for doesn't live here any more.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 26 May, 2016, 10:16:25 pm
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IewA0HTFMiM/V0dnPpQMtqI/AAAAAAAAPCI/QoBJQjUxQOEavlHDW1sCiIlAAuW6o-CdACL0B/w285-h211/PPspam.jpg)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonyh on 26 May, 2016, 10:19:09 pm
That's much more entertaining than the ones I get. Should I be jealous?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Pickled Onion on 27 May, 2016, 06:41:52 pm
Apparently I spoke to about a dozen people yesterday who all promised to send me a file.

The same one.  ::-)


They're clever and send to 4-5 addresses at once

Ah yes. Not so clever when all the addresses route to the same mailbox.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Afasoas on 27 May, 2016, 10:47:51 pm
Received several court summons today.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 02 June, 2016, 01:36:31 pm
I don't receive these things any more.  Where am I going wrong? How can i climb back into the loop?


Same here - though my personal junk emailbox is generally filled with genuine tripe these days - I *really* ought to unsubscribe from groupon et al as I have NEVER bought anything from them.


Any time I've ever had a 'your eBay/paypal/whatever account has been limited!!!' email I've first gone (a) meh, give a shit? not really...  then (b) gone directly to eBay/paypal/whatever's website and had a look.  Oh what a surprise, it's fine.

Be careful what you wish for!  This arrived in my Tiscali/Talk Talk mailbox:



Quote
Dear Talktalk member,

The card we have on file for your Internet service needs to be re-confirmed to bill you on 01/06/2016 for your most recent service fees. For this reason, your service could be suspended. Please visit our Account Information pages, located at.
You must update your billing information immediately in order to avoid any interruption to your services. Once your card information is updated, you will be charged immediately, as soon as payment is received. You can update your card simply by clicking below:


Click below to Log In into your account and resolve the problem.

http://www.talk talk.co.uk/mail/?check_cookie=1



Note that failure to update your card information after reading this message would lead to email suspension.

Director of Talktalk Technical Team.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Talktalk Account Support

Warning Code :ID67565434
©2016 Talktalk Team

TalkTalk confirm that it is a scam altho' it's one of the most convincing I have seen as the link* is to the TalkTalk Login screen  How does that work?

* I have disabled it by adding a space.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 02 June, 2016, 01:52:48 pm
The care you need to take is to never link to anyone's billing or accounting place via an email.


Alarm bells start ringing as soon as I see any kind of '.. your account will be limited...' type thing.


Just go direct to them without using any email links if you're in doubt.


I have actually had cards expire on me and such before and you just get an email telling you - they never have a clickable link in the proper emails in my experience.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 02 June, 2016, 01:54:29 pm


TalkTalk confirm that it is a scam altho' it's one of the most convincing I have seen as the link* is to the TalkTalk Login screen  How does that work?

* I have disabled it by adding a space.

You sure the actual link (as opposed to the one you can read) is to their page? Hover over, and see where it it actually pointing (or, look at the source code)

Pound gets a penny it is actually to TalkTalkscam.com instead
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 02 June, 2016, 02:08:26 pm


TalkTalk confirm that it is a scam altho' it's one of the most convincing I have seen as the link* is to the TalkTalk Login screen  How does that work?

* I have disabled it by adding a space.

You sure the actual link (as opposed to the one you can read) is to their page? Hover over, and see where it it actually pointing (or, look at the source code)

Pound gets a penny it is actually to TalkTalkscam.com instead



This is the actual URL: 




<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="0;URL=http://www.talktalk.co.uk/mail/?check_cookie=1">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
</head>
<body>
If your browser does not redirect you, please click <a href=http://www.talktalk.co.uk/mail/?check_cookie=1>here</a>
</body>
</html>

Acquired by creating an external URL proxy.

This is a genuine link to the login:

https://www.talktalk.co.uk/mail/?from=webmail#checkNewMail

How many people would spot the difference?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 02 June, 2016, 02:20:41 pm
Well, that actually looks like a real (optional) link that has nothing to do with phishing or anything.

There is no law that says originators of spam need to know how their arse is bloted on.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 02 June, 2016, 02:56:20 pm
Well, that actually looks like a real (optional) link that has nothing to do with phishing or anything.

There is no law that says originators of spam need to know how their arse is bloted on.

Yup it looks the real deal however TalkTalk confirmed it was a phishing link:

Quote
info: You are now through to Kavit. How can I help you?
Asterix: Hi, i have received a messag in my mailbox that I don't understand. It say it is from TalkTalk and reads "Dear Talktalk member, The card we have on file for your Internet service needs to be re-confirmed to bill you on 01/06/2016 for your most recent service fees. For this reason, your service could be suspended. Please visit our Account Information pages, located at. You must update your billing information immediately in order to avoid any interruption to your services. Once your card information is updated, you will be charged immediately, as soon as payment is received. You can update your card simply by clicking below: Click below to Log In into your account and resolve the problem. http://www.talktalk.co.uk/mail/?check_cookie=1 Note that failure to update your card information after reading this message would lead to email suspension. Director of Talktalk Technical Team. Thank you for your co-operation. Talktalk Account Support Warning Code :ID67565434 ©2016 Talktalk Team
Kavit: Hi, Asterix. I will be happy to check that for you, can you provide me with your telephone number and full name please?
Asterix: ok my mobile number is 0***3 1****7, however it is a uk mobile and I am in France. I have a French number: 0033 **5 ****4.
Kavit:
Just to confirm. Are you referring to your mobile or landline account?

ASterix: My full name is Asterix (obviously)
Asterix: the account i have with TalkTalk is for internet services via landline. The number of the landline is 01**4 ****4 but I am not there right now.
Kavit:
Thank you for the information.

Kavit:
Thank you for the information.

Kavit: I can confirm from our end there is no email notification sent out from our end regarding to confirm the bank or card details. I would simply suggest you to please avoid this types of phishing emails*. We never ask for bank and card details through email.
Kavit:
I can also confirm that there is no outstanding balance on your account.

blah blah..


So what are they up to? 

*Tiscali ask users to report phishing attempts.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 02 June, 2016, 04:25:29 pm
Yeah you can report it, then the next one, then the next one, then the next one....


... or not if you want to do anything else with your life.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: fboab on 02 June, 2016, 05:51:11 pm
Quote
Alright, I'll keep this short and sweet.
1. I sent you this before.
2. You haven't watched it.
3. You should, it's URGENT

Watch this in the next 15 minutes
I need to know if you want the access or I should give it to someone else right away.
Seriously!.. You should be watching this already

This insane video describes step by step how to get TONNS of cash!
It's Free, and it's foolproof.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 02 June, 2016, 06:14:06 pm
Yeah you can report it, then the next one, then the next one, then the next one....


... or not if you want to do anything else with your life.

It's not something I'd bother with, however the link was apparently genuine or indistinguishable from the real one.  I've not seen one like that before and no explanation from here explains it.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: caerau on 02 June, 2016, 06:16:27 pm
Yeah sure, sorry don't get me wrong - unusual or particularly pernicious ones I agree, report them - but the usual bollox I'm sure they're about as interested to hear about them as we are to report them - life is too short.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 02 June, 2016, 06:37:48 pm
[...] no explanation from here explains it.

Very very stupid scammers?  They can't do basic arithmetic so remembering to change a link ranks in difficulty alongside cracking Nazi ciphers or explaining the popularity of Boris Johnson.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 13 June, 2016, 11:33:23 am
Blimey, had 4 from "Paypal" relating to "unauthorised activity on your account".  That's one per (genuine) transaction over the last few days. Only give-away (given I haven't clicked on any links so can't see what the next screens look like) is the address they're sent from. Otherwise look very professional.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 13 June, 2016, 05:22:34 pm
I received an offer of home working at a ludicrously generous rate.  The (disguised) link is:-
http: // f***********i.edu.br/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall/lib/whois/

Which suggests a legitimate Wordpress site hacked in an interesting way.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 24 June, 2016, 01:32:02 pm
Weirder and weirder.

Quote
Hello Dear,

Good day, I would like to make a reservation in your
facility for four groups of people and they are coming from
United Kindom for their family  vacation/holiday.
 
 2) Mr. Peter Jibson and Mrs. Jibson Tina.
 3) Mr. David Herbinet and Mrs. Herbinet Morin.
 4) Mr. Richard Hopkins and Mrs. Hopkins Sandra.
 5) Mr. James Donovan and Mrs. Donovan Jayne
 
 
 Kindly give to me the total cost for the reservation.
 
 Arrival date: 15 August 2016.
 Departure date: 29 August 2016.
 Number of nights: 14 nights.
 Number of days: 14 days.
 Number of persons: 8
 Numbers/Type of rooms: 4 DBL rooms and Breakfast
 
 Warmest Regards,
 Yolande Sontia
 yolande_sontia01  @  yahoo.com
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 05 July, 2016, 10:55:28 pm
Spam E-mails are things I don't see very often, but I've just been clearing out my spam folder and found this little gem, the first thing I picked up was the racism in the name.

Safe Keep And Investment

Sir,
I make this appeal with the hope that I can trust you to assist me with securing my funds in an offshore account in Europe. The content of this mail are expressed in confidence and solely for your personal information.
I am Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former national security adviser. I am using this medium to request for your assistance in transferring ownership of the sum of US$28.8m presently invested in an offshore bank in Europe. The fund is proceeds from an over inflated military contract awarded during my time as the national security adviser.
I am seeking your assistance to transfer ownership of this fund to you for safe-keep, investment and preventing the fund from being seized by the government. Thus far, the Nigerian government has not traced this account and it will remain so to the extent that this proposal remain confidential.
I offer you 20% of the total sum for your assistance, 80% will be mine. I assure you that this transaction is risk-free. More details will be availed to you upon your reply with required information.
As a former government official already facing trial. I can not afford more scandals. You are also advised to act swiftly. If my proposal is accepted, then fill out the below with your information.
Full names:
Home address:
Mobile phone number:
Occupation:
Age:
Marital status:
My lawyer will contact you upon receipt of your reply with details of information requested to prepare the necessary document that will give you access to the fund. I await your reply.
Yours sincerely,
Col. Dasuki Sambo (rtd)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 06 July, 2016, 07:53:53 am
Sambo (I assume that's what you mean) is not an uncommon Nigerian name. As for the rest of it, sounds like a great deal. I've earned $126,347,264 from these schemes in the last five years. I dunno why everyone keeps saying they're scams. I fly to Nigeria in my private jet to pick up the suitcases full of cash.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 06 July, 2016, 07:59:56 am
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Sambo.aspx

I assume you're taking the P*** ?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 06 July, 2016, 08:29:26 am
No, it really is a name, I've met a few people called that on my travels in Nigeria. I was a bit 'erm...' the first time. It's not from the same root. Hausa term for 'gentle man' says Google.

I might have been untruthful about $126 million though.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: jsabine on 06 July, 2016, 08:30:41 am
Col. Sambo Dasuki (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo_Dasuki) really was Nigeria's National Security Advisor from 2012 to 2015.

There's plenty of actual racism around: there's no need to read it into the real name of a real person.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 06 July, 2016, 08:34:17 am
No, it really is a name, I've met a few people called that on my travels in Nigeria. I was a bit 'erm...' the first time. It's not from the same root. Hausa term for 'gentle man' says Google.

I might have been untruthful about $126 million though.

If you look on the internet there's a lot about the name sambo, there's even a Russian martial art under that name, SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, but I'm most familiar with the derogatory use of it.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: jsabine on 06 July, 2016, 08:41:08 am
There are plenty of derogatory uses of the word Paddy.

I hope you wouldn't call me a racist simply for saying I rode part of an audax in Ireland with two Paddies.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 06 July, 2016, 08:44:56 am
Sambo Dasuki was actually Nigeria's National Security Advisor. He 'retired' after after someone noticed he was in the habit buying invisible fighter jets and helicopters.

ETA: sorry, JSabine beat me to it while I poured my coffee.

Anyway, it's a non-offensive name in West Africa. Attitudes to racism are very different (and not necessarily better).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on 06 July, 2016, 08:46:30 am
Sambo Dasuki was actually Nigeria's National Security Advisor. He 'retired' after after someone noticed he was in the habit buying invisible fighter jets and helicopters.
In the USA, don't they call those stealth fighters?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 06 July, 2016, 08:48:05 am
They were very effective. No one has yet managed to find them.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 08 July, 2016, 09:24:01 pm
There seems to be a glut of "Hi Ian" from an email contact, followed by <link> and some kind of sign-off.  No-one has ever mentioned getting one ostensibly from me.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Phil W on 09 July, 2016, 06:24:29 pm
There are plenty of derogatory uses of the word Paddy.

I hope you wouldn't call me a racist simply for saying I rode part of an audax in Ireland with two Paddies.

And a nice fellow rider he was indeed.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Moleman76 on 13 July, 2016, 07:04:32 am
"Dear joel,

"Please find attached the profile of Mr.Bird for a suitable role in your Organisation

"King regards,
"Sofia Roberson
"VP Finance & Controller"

this, the second, or third, message containing Mr. Bird's profile; all sent with "king" regards.  Attachment likely contained ransomware.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Pickled Onion on 17 July, 2016, 09:16:05 am
I had the usual batch of three of those, with the "King regards" (is that short for ***king regards?). Apparently from India, Ireland and the US  ;)

Followed shortly by a set with their references. Then the reports I requested. Then the spreadsheets I contacted them about. It's all a bit tedious.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Pickled Onion on 17 July, 2016, 09:19:33 am
First Brexit-inspired spam today. The Director of a legal firm in Vilnius has offered to get me Lithuanian citizenship and an EU passport. Apparently people with UK passports "will not be able to visit other countries in the European Union soon".  ::-)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 01 August, 2016, 03:44:40 pm
I've no idea about Sambo but apparently Interpol thinks it has caught Mike:

Online fraud: Top Nigerian scammer arrested (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36939751)

He'll probably be needing your help soon to conceal vast sums of ill-gotten gains.  Just give him your bank account and you'll be rich for life on the commission.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 07 August, 2016, 04:48:10 pm
From backup@emoda.ro

Quote
L.A.X AIRPORT SECURITY
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States


ATTENTION:Notice On Your Consignment Box reg #: JG1N8875BS.


Today we have discovered an abandoned metal suitcase with reg code#: JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment service New York. This Suitcase is a metal box when scanned by a forensic scanner was revealed to contain 100 dollars bills valued $2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) which has been under Security survaell ance for a number of days now.

I am writing to inform you that we have investigated the said Suitcase and the investigation proved the legitimacy of its content. Note, The Funds which belongs to you was initially scheduled for delivery to your residense, The Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made several attempts to reach you all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave for his country but before he left he settled the delivery charges and left the Storage Keeping Charges unpaid due to the reasons that he did not know when you will attempt to claim the consignment and the Cargo and Storage Unit charges $20.00 for each day the Consignment box stays in their custody for its safety keeping.

You are therefore advised to make contact with Jerry Lambert of All American Courier, llc, a U.S Customs Broker to assist you recover your Consignment box and deliver it to your home. You may contact him through his email:(jerrylambert0001@gmail.com) to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Fund as an unclaimed consignment and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.


for more information please contact +1-(310) 736-1070

God Bless

Best regards
Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
(LAX) Los Angeles International Airport
David Morrison, Director.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: JennyB on 11 August, 2016, 09:40:12 am
I edit an Arts e-magazine blog (corncrakemagazie.com if anyone's interested) and get a fair bit of comment spam, mostly with a generic comment and a website url in the sender field. One persistent offender purportedly comes (via various email addresses) from the Wikipedia Canary Islands page.  ???

I had to laugh at their latest 'comment':

Quote
Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get
a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any support is very much appreciated.

My sentiments exactly.  ;)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 07 December, 2016, 11:30:34 am
Being bombarded with SPAM atm, everything from insurance, prize winning, credit cards to chocolate tasting. No spyware on board that I can find. Had a phone call at 8:15 in the morning 'This is BT Accounts department' (Asian branch?). Does anyone at BT work before 9am? Sigh.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 14 December, 2016, 08:15:28 am
Being phished at via a UAF acquaintance's email account.  Over the last couple of years that has happened a few times with different UAF people, starting with the ex-prez but one.  Curious.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 16 December, 2016, 10:37:34 am
'Happy holidays from HSBC'. I don't think so.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 16 December, 2016, 10:42:05 am
'Happy holidays from HSBC'. I don't think so.

Strangely enough, with the bank's genius for imitating spam, that one appears to be genuine.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 22 December, 2016, 05:48:24 pm
Android tablet being heavily spammed, lots of adverts and random downloads. Disabling the download app stopped the random downloads, putting an add blocker on the wireless connection stopped most of the adds, the only problem is it takes about thirty seconds for the add blocker to kick in after the tablet's booted so a few adds at start up. The cause is a mystery at the moment, I presume I've picked up a nasty from somewhere but I can't find it, when I do find it I'm going to take great pleasure in nuking it.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SoreTween on 31 December, 2016, 03:46:50 pm
Parking charge relating to 19th Dec which is at least a day my car was used.  The numerous smelling pistakes confirmed the strong suspicion.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Polar Bear on 31 December, 2016, 03:59:59 pm
IME HSBC excel in sending spammy texts and emails which are in fact genuine.   Totally unprofessional.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 09 January, 2017, 08:54:03 pm
I've just had a 'Nigerian' one, in Italian, claiming to be from Canada.  ???
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 12 January, 2017, 09:36:33 am
Good Day,

TENDER NOTICE

Sealed tenders are invited from experienced Consultants, Contractors and Suppliers for plans to build a new R11 billion Vaal River City, Midvaal Johannesburg. Yaetsho Investments and Project will assign the selected professionals after the tender process to deliver a powerful mix of international and local architecture in the Vaal River City development.

Tender documents can be obtained before the closing date from Tender Officer, Yaetsho Investment and Project.

See attached for more details.


Regards,

Yaetsho Investments & Projects


ICBA to check how much 11 billion Rand is in real money but I suspect it's not worth getting out of bed, or opening the attached document, for.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 12 January, 2017, 09:51:24 am
ICBA to check how much 11 billion Rand is in real money but I suspect it's not worth getting out of bed, or opening the attached document, for.

I'm pretty sure it's what the taxi driver attempted to charge me for the 10 minute ride between Sandton and Parkville in Jo'burg the other month.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 12 January, 2017, 04:30:59 pm
ICBA to check how much 11 billion Rand is in real money but I suspect it's not worth getting out of bed, or opening the attached document, for.
I'd get out of bed for it. Several tens of millions of these -

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/British_one_pound_coin_2015_obverse.png)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SoreTween on 12 January, 2017, 06:05:37 pm
Oh darn, I forgot to renew my Apple account as per the expiry warning SMS received yesterday.

That'll be the Apple account I don't have.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: trekker12 on 17 January, 2017, 10:53:32 am
An Andrew Baron has just sent an e-mail telling me 2M US Dollars was donated to me and to reply to an e-mail address.

I've done so and sent my bank details so presumably it will be in my bank soon. In the meantime I wonder what bike I'll buy first.....

(click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 25 January, 2017, 11:02:00 am
This made me shiver

Quote
Hi Dear,

My name is Monique Frisson from France. l am 29 years old. l really need your assistance. My husband dead two years ago and the family members wants to kill me and my children to set on the inheritance he left for us. l am now in a hiding with my kids and the documents of inheritance is with us. please help us to have this fund transferred to your country and we will fly to join you

l will be waiting for your reply.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 15 February, 2017, 06:23:07 pm
If you're going to send me emails describing people who want to have various physical encounters on Valentine's Day would it not help to make sure they arrive before said festival and not the day after?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 27 February, 2017, 01:24:38 pm
Warning issued over 'can you hear me?' scam threat
 (http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15119101.Warning_issued_over__can_you_hear_me___scam_threat/?ref=mr&lp=1)

vs


'Can You Hear Me?' Scam Warning (http://www.snopes.com/can-you-hear-me-scam/)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 27 February, 2017, 02:38:01 pm
Tricky words, spam and scam, they're almost spelt the same.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 28 February, 2017, 07:06:27 am
Tricky words, spam and scam, they're almost spelt the same.

Indeed but with the progress of voice recognition we are going to find not all spam is typed.



 

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 28 February, 2017, 08:21:02 am
Indeed but with the progress of voice recognition we are going to find not all spam is typed.

Fair enough.  "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less."
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 28 February, 2017, 02:02:23 pm
Indeed but with the progress of voice recognition we are going to find not all spam is typed.

Fair enough.  "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone. "It means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less."

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/53/65/02/536502a1d96c53d37b0f8b064a17eea1.jpg)

Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send an unsolicited message (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site. While the most widely recognized form of spam is email spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social spam, spam mobile apps,[1] television advertising and file sharing spam. It is named after Spam, a luncheon meat, by way of a Monty Python sketch about a menu that includes Spam in every dish.[2][3] The food is stereotypically disliked/unwanted, so the word came to be transferred by analogy.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 06 March, 2017, 09:02:44 pm
Quote
TalkTalk customers are being targeted by an industrial-scale fraud network in India, according to whistleblowers who say they were among hundreds of staff hired to scam customers of the British telecoms giant.

The sources describe working in "call centres" in two Indian cities.
They say as many as 60 "employees" work in shifts in each office, phoning TalkTalk customers and duping them into giving access to their bank accounts.
The whistleblowers say they were given a script in which they were told to claim they were calling from TalkTalk.
They say they then convinced victims to install a computer virus.

A separate team would use that virus to gain access to victims' online banking, they add.

In 2011, TalkTalk outsourced some of its call-centre work to the Kolkata (Calcutta) office of Wipro, one of India's largest IT service companies.
Last year, three Wipro employees were arrested on suspicion of selling TalkTalk customer data.


Wipro was one of the companies to which Aviva outsourced work, making many UK employees redundant (me included).  Later they found the Indian contractors were not giving them priority and the work was being done badly and/or late.  It was returned to in-house IT workers. 
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonyh on 22 March, 2017, 06:28:09 pm
"PayPal"

    "We need you update your information before Mar ,25, 2017
    If you not update your information before Mar ,25                   
    That mean you not accept our user agreement Policy             
    So we will disable your account after Mar , 25, 2017                 
    For update your account please follow blue link"   

Better not, on the whole.                   
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 27 March, 2017, 03:32:12 pm
I love the email address
Quote
Dear Sir/Madame,


   You are invited to take part in the 2017 global summit on global economy
and world peace and security. This conference Scheduled to take place from
[May 22nd to 26th, United States and Senegal from May 29th to June 2nd
2017]. This event is been organized by World Thoracic Society (WTS), The
sponsors of the event will cover the cost registration and delegates are
entitle to a free United States Visa arrangements by the Organizing
Committee.

That will include your transportation, feeding, round trip air tickets to
both events etc... Delegates will only be responsible for their own hotel
accommodation in Dakar, Senegal were the second phase of the event will take
place.

For details requirement for your Visa and registration, Please contact the
global secretariat office via Email: [gewpsecretoffice@yandex.com].

Please share the information with your colleagues.

Best Regards,
Mrs Fola Ajayi
Member global economy securit (MGES).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 27 March, 2017, 07:48:45 pm
Quote
DO YOU NEED A LOAN? IF YES SEND AMOUNT NEEDED DURATION AND PHONE NUMBER

Yes, just that :facepalm:

Here, spambot:  LOAD OFFER <garrywiltonloan756@gmail.com>
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: orienteer on 28 March, 2017, 04:03:32 pm
Received today from h.hamid@iraqchildren.net

Hi, K****!

I am bothering you for a very urgent reason. Allhough you don't know me, but I have significant ammount of individual info on you. The fact is that, most likely by mistake, the information about your account has been sent to me.
For example, your address is:
*********
***********
*********
*******

I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I pinned the file - ******.dot that that was emailed to me, that you could explore what data has become obtainable for fraudsters. File password is - 1994

Best regards,
Horace Hamidi



Anyone else been approached by this honest citizen?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 28 March, 2017, 07:54:54 pm
Quote
We detected that someone logged to your account from an unknown device and browser.

That's why as a security measure we have to block your account to keep you safe from unauthorised activies.
was that you?

March 24, 2017 at 06:58 AM
Login place : Russia Moscow

If not please review this activity as soon as possible by completing some details to restore the full access to your account
Restore Access ↣

Sincerly,

PayPal Team.

if you do not wish to receive email from us anymore Click here to Unsubscribe
Should I offer my services as a proofreader?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 06 April, 2017, 11:03:31 am
Scam rather than spam:

Chum was on an organized cycling holiday in a hotel with free wifi.  When he connected from phone or tablet it worked fine, but when he connected from his laptop it (or maybe his browser) wailed and showed a message saying "Security compromised, call <number>". When he did, he just got a hold message.  Other participants had no problems.

My guess is that the hotel's wifi server had been hacked, and whatever narsty had taken residence was tailored to attack Windows machines but not Android; and that his laptop's firewall etc. were permeable but other folks' weren't.  And of course he might have a 50€ item on his phone bill.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ElyDave on 07 April, 2017, 06:06:00 pm
Dear Client,

We notices that your id just login from unknwon devices ( Iphone 7 ) from Australia.

Because it is your first login using new devices, we have temporary locked your account.

What should you do?

After you log in, go to the Resolution Center and complete the tasks related to these limitations. Your quick response will help restore your AppleID.

Login >>

We appreciate your patience with our security measures and hope to see you again soon.

Best Regards


I don't have an apple ID or any apple products, other than a bag of Cox's in the fridge.
From "do not reply"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: BrianI on 08 April, 2017, 07:31:01 am
Lol, you should use The One Ronnie BlackBerry fruitshop sketch as a basis for spamming the spammers...  ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 13 April, 2017, 04:11:44 pm
Time to claim back your money:

Nigeria's EFCC 'finds $43m in Lagos flat' (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39588796)

Quote
More than $43m (£34m) has been seized from a flat in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, the anti-corruption agency says.
Officials raided the flat after a tip-off about a "haggard-looking" woman in "dirty clothes" taking bags in and out of it, the agency added.
The money was believed to be from unlawful activity, but no arrests have as yet been made, the agency added.
This is the latest in a series of raids which uncovered bundles of cash in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: The French Tandem on 01 May, 2017, 11:02:59 am
Each time I search on the internet for $WHATEVER, I'm getting used to see, in the next hours/days, my browser window full of ads for $WHATEVER. But this morning, when I turned on the computer, my browser was surrounded with ads trying to persuade me to buy an oscilloscope. The last time I went closer than 10 meters from an oscilloscope was at the university, long long ago! i swear I never searched on the internet for an oscilloscope. Any idea of what happened?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 04 May, 2017, 08:20:48 am
Just received some run-of-the-mill spam from the self-proclaimed "ACCUNT <alineaubert@wanadoo.fr>".

Well yes, dear.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Kim on 04 May, 2017, 12:24:07 pm
PSA: Keep an eye out for this, it's a particularly skillful phish: https://isc.sans.edu/diary/22372
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 04 May, 2017, 01:59:51 pm
Good time of the day, Jaded
Now you have your bill for 07/04/17 been ready. This month you have £289.66 for payment. We will take it of from your account at the payment day, or a little bit after.

To watch your latest bill online anytime:
      https://businessonline.o2.co.uk/billing
(JsReport - JavaScript based reporting platform)

The link is not that address, obv.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 16 May, 2017, 02:50:21 pm
Quote
Urgent Notification (Protect yourself from Fraud)
From:Natwest Bank Plc [accessonline@online.co.uk] [add contact]

(http://www.natwest.com/images/refresh/header/logo.gif)

Important Notice
Please note that starting from May 10, 2017 we will be introducing new online banking authentication procedures in order to protect the information of our online banking users.
You are required to confirm your personal details with us as you will not be able access our online service until this has been done. As you're already registered for online banking all you need to do is to confirm your online banking details.
Get Started
Once you've completed this process you'll be able to have full access to our online banking service.
Best regards,
Natwest Online Banking Team

Then all I need do is click on a Twitter or Facebook link. 's easy peasy.

Mind you I don't think I need to access their online banking service (whatever it might be) in the foreseeable future.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Kim on 16 May, 2017, 03:56:47 pm
That sort of thing would be a lot less phishy if NatWest weren't in the habit of spamming you themselves...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 16 May, 2017, 06:18:42 pm
That sort of thing would be a lot less phishy if NatWest weren't in the habit of spamming you themselves...

"It could be genuine because NatWest do that sort of thing."?

So if I did click on the links I could access some free money?  Altho' I am not a customer?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 16 May, 2017, 07:48:08 pm
I've seen their cash machines, they all say "Free Cash" so maybe you should try.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 26 May, 2017, 08:35:56 am
Telephonic variety:

Hello Mr ....., I am ringing from security and we see you are experiencing some issues with your computer..

ME: I don't have a computer

You have nothing? No laptop?

ME: No, nothing

Click,, Brrrr

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 01 June, 2017, 07:07:38 pm
WTF?

I am pleased that I can write to you, I certainly do not know what your name is and where you are from.
But, I apply to a dating company and give me your email address.
You do not think that I play with you, I am a lonely woman and I want a normal and honest relationship!
Tell us about yourself ? How are you ? I'm not interrupting you?
My Name Anna, do you know?
I want to get to know you and I think that we would get communication with you.
I am already 28 years old and this is the age for creating a family, what say?!
Sorry could not poison the photo, but I will do it next time.
I'm looking for only a serious relationship, I do not need sex or just friendship, I hope that you are a lonely man and you will understand me.
I ask you also to poison your photo and in the next letter I will try to tell about myself.
I'm hoping now that you will answer me.
I'm worried, but I hope to see your answer soon.
Have a nice weekend.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: TheLurker on 01 June, 2017, 08:33:24 pm
WTF?
Sorry could not poison the photo, but I will do it next time.
I ask you also to poison your photo and in the next letter I will try to tell about myself.


Hypothesis:
Source language verb was some equivalent of give/gift -- auto translation--> German (gift = poison IIRC)
further auto translation from German --> almost but not quite entirely unlike English?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 01 June, 2017, 08:53:59 pm
WTF?
Sorry could not poison the photo, but I will do it next time.
I ask you also to poison your photo and in the next letter I will try to tell about myself.


Hypothesis:
Source language verb was some equivalent of give/gift -- auto translation--> German (gift = poison IIRC)
further auto translation from German --> almost but not quite entirely unlike English?
Of course! I am supposed to be a bloody linguist... Same auto-translated message going to multiple countries, then. Wonder what the original language was.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 02 June, 2017, 03:13:36 pm
Just do as you are asked and poison the bl**dy photograph.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 02 June, 2017, 07:32:08 pm
My appearance is damaging enough on its own....
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Morat on 07 June, 2017, 06:52:53 pm
Not spam so much as phishing but our Chairman had a very convincing email today puporting to be from someone she knew and sharing a dropbox link.
The attachment was actually a .pdf with a very convincing graphic of a dropbox link sharing page except the link was to some malware. Luckily Firefox blocked the address or I might still be at work.

The whole thing was incredibly well done, and very convincing indeed. This was the only version that was actually opened and clicked, but a couple of other users reported receiving similar emails.
Look out!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Moleman76 on 13 June, 2017, 07:50:37 am
"Amazon Order Cancellation Notice" with text like

Your order has been successfully canceled.
For your reference, here's a summary of your order:
You just canceled order 116-718685-5835278 placed on June 12, 2017.
Status: CANCELED
_____________________________________________________________________
 1 of The Repudiation / 3rd Edition
By: Alberto Stewart
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com

Since I seldom order through Amazon (Mrs. Moleman76 is the person in charge of that), I'm even less likely to cancel.  The "order number" shows up as a clickable link.  I click delete ahead of that ...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 13 June, 2017, 10:39:21 am
An odd one, possibly even legit, no links:


Dear Sir:
Hello!Shanghai, China miracle bicycle club (kunming) project, in order to improve the students' physical quality, and good skills to ride a bicycle.Sending a group of students training, if you can provide the training, please contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you very much!
Fu hao

 
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 13 June, 2017, 10:47:10 am
"Amazon Order Cancellation Notice" with text like

Your order has been successfully canceled.
For your reference, here's a summary of your order:
You just canceled order 116-718685-5835278 placed on June 12, 2017.
Status: CANCELED
_____________________________________________________________________
 1 of The Repudiation / 3rd Edition
By: Alberto Stewart
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com

Since I seldom order through Amazon (Mrs. Moleman76 is the person in charge of that), I'm even less likely to cancel.  The "order number" shows up as a clickable link.  I click delete ahead of that ...

I get these too. The last day or so has seen around half a dozen.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Moleman76 on 13 June, 2017, 05:36:23 pm
Now, please help me parse this:

Which of the following links will make me rich, so I can just buy bicycles and ride them all the time:

"Let me tell you why this stock will go up 10x by next week."
"Here's why this company's shares are about to go up tenfold next week."

3 of the former, 4 of the latter, in my mail this morning.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ElyDave on 17 June, 2017, 06:07:11 pm
Apparently I have been awarded 1000kg  of gold and 1000kg of diamonds from Libya, just for being a good citizen and paying my taxes

The letter must be official, it came from USania
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 17 June, 2017, 06:39:10 pm
Now, please help me parse this:

Which of the following links will make me rich, so I can just buy bicycles and ride them all the time:

"Let me tell you why this stock will go up 10x by next week."
"Here's why this company's shares are about to go up tenfold next week."

3 of the former, 4 of the latter, in my mail this morning.
Neither of them. What might make you rich is buying some mildly worthless stock, and then sending 10 gazillion emails like those telling people that the stock is about to balloon in price.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Basil on 28 June, 2017, 09:08:49 pm
Received an email from my American SiL yesterday.  Nothing in the subject line.  Not her style of writing at all.

A salutation which was just not her style.  A web link.  Then a sign off that really wasn't her style either.

Obviously I didn't click the link.

I've contacted her by means other than email and she's just come back to confirm that she didn't send me an email.

Deleted and bin emptied.  Her problem now.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Aidan on 29 June, 2017, 06:41:00 am
Quote
Urgent Notification (Protect yourself from Fraud)
From:Natwest Bank Plc [accessonline@online.co.uk] [add contact]

(http://www.natwest.com/images/refresh/header/logo.gif)

Important Notice
Please note that starting from May 10, 2017 we will be introducing new online banking authentication procedures in order to protect the information of our online banking users.
You are required to confirm your personal details with us as you will not be able access our online service until this has been done. As you're already registered for online banking all you need to do is to confirm your online banking details.
Get Started
Once you've completed this process you'll be able to have full access to our online banking service.
Best regards,
Natwest Online Banking Team

Then all I need do is click on a Twitter or Facebook link. 's easy peasy.

Mind you I don't think I need to access their online banking service (whatever it might be) in the foreseeable future.

I got that one this morning.!  I dont think Ill be using their banking facilities either!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Phil W on 29 June, 2017, 02:59:17 pm
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here's a summary of your order:

You just canceled order 110-5947-437 <http://rathdrumcancersupport.com/wp-content/themes/moslemizes.php>  placed on June 29, 2017.

Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________

1 "Virtue"; 2006, Deluxe Edition
  By: Ricardo White

Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com <http://rathdrumcancersupport.com/wp-content/themes/moslemizes.php>
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: fboab on 30 June, 2017, 08:01:54 pm
Quote
no-reply@greenhouses.com via <my webmail ISP>
16:46 (3 hours ago)

to <partial email address>
Hello, Mr <fboab>
Thanks for shopping with us today! The following are the details of your order.
Your order confirmation is below. Thank you again for your business.

Details for order ESRDB-4276 , 6/30/2017 08:45:38

Delivery Address
------------------------------------------------------
Mr <fboab>
<my street my postcode>



Billing Address
------------------------------------------------------
Mr <fboab>
<my street my postcode>



For detailed information, quick order adjustment or cancellation, please use the special link form provided below


https://omolabake.com/customers/package-details-for-customer-ESRDB-4276


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This spammer knows rather more than I'm happy with.
And no, I haven't been shopping for greenhouses from USAnia.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 07 July, 2017, 02:04:49 pm
SMS to my landline. My claims form has been received, call this number...

Fuck off.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 07 July, 2017, 05:01:54 pm
From:   hacked.account@mail.wvu,edu
Subject:   Your CV is needed urgently

 - This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

Welcome to Turner Construction Company, Due to the ongoing infrastructural development going in Turner Construction Company, We want to use this medium to inform you that vacancies are now in Turner Construction Company, We Require urgently: Drilling Engineer, Forman, Electro Engineers, Radio Officers, Computer Repair Technician, Quantity Surveyor, Chief Engineer, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Civil Engineers, Project Managers, Mechanical Engineer, Heavy equipment operators, Architects, Customer Care Services, Oil and Gas Field Supervisor, Petroleum Engineer, Computer Instructor, General Manager, Head Baker, Italian Chef, Structural Engineers, Construction Managers, Integrity Engineer, Engineering Superintendent, Naturalists, Rotating Equipment Design, Instrumentation Design Engineers, Process Design Engineers, Cosmetologist, Civil Structural Design Engineers, Medical Staff, Air/Sea Reservation Agents, Planning Engineers, Auto Cad Operators / Designers, Environmental Engineer, Estimating Engineer, Head Engineer / Team Leader, Information Technology Staff, Administration Assistants, Customer Service Representatives, Bridge Engineers, Engineer HVAC, Drafting Coordinator, Drafting Technologist, Field Sales Representative, Inside Sales Representative, Carpenter, Steel carpenter, Construction Site Supervisor, Instrument Pipe Fitter, Scaffold-er, Control System Technologist, Electrical Design Engineers, Electrical Supervisor, Booking Agents, Electrical Technician, Systems ManagerAuditor/Financial Manager etc. You will be giving accommodation and the salary is very attractive and negotiable.
However, Job Salary: Depending on your roll of specialization, Salary Ranging from 9,500 United State Dollar. and we shall take care of your Transportation expenses, Accommodation, feeding and a month training on arrival (Probation) to put you through to your new jobs.  You are to reply attaching your complete CV for perusal and subsequent negotiations regarding remuneration. How to Apply for a Job at Turner Construction Company Send your C.V or Resume immediately to Mr Jamie Hudson Head of Recruiting Department via email (
career@turner-constructionservice.com
)
Turner Construction Company
Human Resources Department
For Any Inquiries, Please Contact Us: Tell: +1 (303) 536-8493
Address: 10100 North Central Expressway, Suite 600 Dallas, TX 75231 Unites States
Best Regards


© 2017 Turner Construction Company. All Rights Reserved.


 :o
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Phil W on 08 July, 2017, 03:42:14 pm
This is BT customer services, your router has been broadcasting many postcodes after midnight.
Really, tell me how does it do that?

Most amusing call. They hung up on me.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: T42 on 30 July, 2017, 04:40:15 pm
Very interesting, dahlink:  I just received an email with an attached PDF purportedly informing me of a text message waiting for attention. I wouldn't have opened it in any case, but all the less so since it was addressed to 99 different recipients, 98 of whom had addresses at wanadoo.fr, the 99th being at orange.fr, the successor to wanadoo.  Looks like someone has been pumping out Orange's client file.  :o
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 30 July, 2017, 06:50:10 pm
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here's a summary of your order:

You just canceled order 110-5947-437 <http://rathdrumcancersupport.com/wp-content/themes/moslemizes.php>  placed on June 29, 2017.

Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________

1 "Virtue"; 2006, Deluxe Edition
  By: Ricardo White

Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Amazon.com
Earth's Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com) <http://rathdrumcancersupport.com/wp-content/themes/moslemizes.php>
I get those, and Facebook; either "Three messages waiting for you", or "Your account has been suspended, click here reactivate it". Oh, and random purchases amounting to $50 ish, and the African benefactors.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 30 July, 2017, 07:03:55 pm
This one might be legitimate, I apparently have a 9 page fax from eFax (a Liverpool number). It may the late 1980s trying to contact me.

No idea – the email seems unspoofed and the link goes through to a public sharepoint folder (which may or may not be how eFax do things). Anyway, I've not been expecting a fax since the early 1990s, so I'm not about to find out.

I've lost track of the number of emails I get at work telling me to 'click here or my Outlook account will be suspended immediately' (and sundry variants thereof).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 31 July, 2017, 05:47:02 am
Good News, Kindly Reply Now
RM
Richard & Angela Maxwell <maxwells@donation.com>
Reply
Yesterday, 13:15

This message was identified as spam. We'll delete it after 10 days.

My wife and I won the Euro Millions Lottery of £53 Million British Pounds and we have voluntarily decided to donate €1,000,000EUR(One Million Euros) to 5 individuals randomly as part of our own charity project.
 
To verify our lottery winnings,please see our interview by visiting the web page below:

telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11511467/Lincolnshire-couple-win-53m-on-EuroMillions.html
 
Your email address was among the emails which were submitted to us by the Google Inc. as a web user; if you have received our email, kindly send us the below details so that we can transfer your €1,000,000.00 EUR(One Million Euros) to you in your own country.

Full Names:
Mobile No:
Age:
Address:
Occupation:
Country:


Best Regards,
Richard & Angela Maxwell
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 02 August, 2017, 12:36:41 pm
BT phish now. My BT Business bill is £756.74 apparently. Looks pretty authentic. If I had a BT Business account. And if the link to the bill didn't go to another random Sharepoint document.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 30 October, 2017, 04:35:09 pm
I am honoured!

International Monetary Fund,
700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
 
Attention Beneficiary,
 
This is to enlighten you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing. We want to notify you that the IMF in conjunction with other relevant agencies in the United STATES of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have an over-due payment in tune of ten million, three hundred thousand US dollars (USD10.3Million) in Federal reserve bank. This was as a result of excess cash disbursement by the United Nations.
 
This exercise was conducted by a random email selection and you happen to be among the lucky beneficiaries to benefit from the exercise this year. We try as much as possible to keep a low profile on this to avoid any hoax because there are a lot of impostors and impersonators jeopardising the good intent of this winning exercise.
 
I am Christine Lagarde a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Washington, D.C. I have been assigned to take responsibility of this year's winning exercise. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondence on the uneasy way which people like you might be treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies etc, we have decided to hand over the fund to the federal reserve bank to complete the final remittance of your fund into your account.
 
You are to contact Mr. Jerome H. Powell who happens to be a member of the federal reserve board via the email address below.
 
E-mail:   jeromepowellFRBNY@aol.com
website: www.federalreserve.gov
 
NB: Please kindly report any suspected scam/fraud email or ongoing transaction to this office immediately for investigation and verification and wait for feedback. God bless you.
 
Regards,
Christine  Lagarde (Director)
International Monetary Fund
Head Department Washington D.C.© 2017
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 30 October, 2017, 06:25:44 pm
Don't fall for it; it's Paulie Walnuts trying to launder Russian money...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 30 October, 2017, 07:12:25 pm
Not so sure.  Mr Comey e-mailed me a while ago on a similar matter.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 06 November, 2017, 03:27:19 pm
According to the IMF I am deceased, and if I was still in this world I would be rich. ;D

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
DEPT: WORLD DEBT RECONCILIATION AGENCIES.
ADVISE: YOUR OUTSTANDING PAYMENT

NOTIFICATION




A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by two
gentle men, one of them is an American national and he is MR. DAVID
DEANE by name while the other person is MR. JACK MORGAN by
name a CANADIAN national.



This gentlemen claimed to be your representative, and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, they brought an account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of $12.5 Million Usd which is now lying DORMANT and UNCLAIMED, below is the new account they have submitted:





BANK.-HSBC CANADA
Vancouver, CANADA
ACCOUNT NO. 2984-0008-66




Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of throat cancer. You are therefore given 24hrs to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately, Because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment.



You are to reply to this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hrs to attend to you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately.


Just also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible of wrong payment.


Barrister.Charles Thomas

Finance Department Director
International Monetary Funds Agents
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Greenbank on 07 November, 2017, 09:21:41 am
Very odd.

Not a single spam since 4pm yesterday.

(I run my own email feed so nothing is filtering it before my own stuff kicks in.)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Steph on 20 November, 2017, 08:33:02 am
Don't fall for it; it's Paulie Walnuts trying to launder Russian money...

Well... first her friend Mrs Mary Mohammed forwarded the message, and then MT herself sent it: Now, I know she's from forn parts, and that her husband is hardly bigly literate, but I would have expected better. And they are both running a little behind schedule here.

Message       FROM DESK OF MRS.MELANIA TRUMP TO BE POSTED TO YOUR ADDRESS ON MONDAY 3rd Aust 2017 TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBERS. BEAR IN MIND THAT I HAVE TAKING MY TIME TO BE IN CHARGE OF YOUR FUNDS AS INSTRUCTED BY MY HUSBAND TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVED YOUR FUNDS SUCCESSFULLY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO REDUCE THE ECONOMY AND I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS YOUR FUNDS IN REGARD TO MY HUSBAND MR.DONALD JOHN TRUMP AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE SUM OF $180.00 ONLY BEFORE YOUR CHEQUE DRAFT WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOU TOMORROW. THE REASON WHY THE FEE IS REQUIRED IS TO HAVE YOUR FUNDS CLEARANCE PAPER FROM THE ORIGIN OF THE FUNDS TO AVOID ANY HARASSMENT FROM THE AUTHORITY AND YOU ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF THE SAID AMOUNT BY FRIDAY AS SOON AS YOUR FUNDS IS DELIVERED TO YOU. SO YOU ARE URGENT ADVISED TO GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND ALSO THE PAYMENT INFORMATION TODAY FOR IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF YOUR DELIVERY. PLEASE I WILL ADVICE YOU TO URGENT MAKE THE PAYMENT VIA MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER TO THE ABOVE LISTED CASHIER INFORMATION AS GIVEN. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVED YOUR EMAIL TODAY WITH THE PAYMENT TO ENABLE ME GET THE REQUIRED CLEARANCE PAPERS REQUIRED AT WHITE HOUSE TO DELIVER YOUR FUNDS.NOTE THAT THE FEE IS TO BE FORWARDED TO THE FUNDS ORIGIN AS INSTRUCTED AND TRY TO MAKE THE PAYMENT THROUGH MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. PLEASE FIND THE PAYMENT DATA BELLOW. ADDRESS #68 IMF STREET COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC SEND IT VIA MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. RECEIVER NAME.VICTOR ALI COUNTRY BENIN CITY COTONOU AMOUNT . $180 MTCN,,,,? SENDER NAME I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RESPOND TO YOUR EMAIL WITH THE PAYMENT TODAY. CONTACT ME WITHTHIS EMAIL HERE (tmrs.melenia@yahoo.com) CONTACT EMAIL tmrs.melenia@yahoo.com REGARD FIRST_LADY USA GOD BLESS AMERICA White House (Official Residence of the President of the US) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20500 USA
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 05 December, 2017, 02:27:28 pm
Received at 13:48 today - 05.12.2017

Quote
Dear Jaded,

Thank You for visiting our stores. As a sign of gratitude we are rewarding you by giving this Marks & Spencer Code worth £1000.

Hurry up! Your unique code is valid until: 01.12.2017

Enter the code below to confirm your prize!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: jsabine on 06 December, 2017, 05:00:36 pm
I've had a spate recently from 'Amazon,' telling me that "Your_Order_no #812-4623_might_ARRIVED."

I have to say I want a bit more certainty than it  "might_ARRIVED" before clicking on the link, though I suppose they should have some credit for honesty and self-awareness.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: delthebike on 22 December, 2017, 06:18:46 am
An obvious scam text message, which reads:
"Attention!!! Your Mobile No.has been selected as a winner of £2,000,000.00 on EURO-MEGA DRAW No. EU-09112 Email: euroawardsclaim@gmail.com for info"

Not sure how they sent it though because I didn't get the usual envelope icon on the phones screen to indicate a message waiting and I don't have Bluetooth or WiFi on this phone.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 21 January, 2018, 01:11:17 pm
I've received the usual ones about some deceased person leaving $zillions and needing to clear it through
a 3rd party foreign bank account (mine) and requesting my personal details.


The latest one is a phone scam from 07953 966 066. On both both occasions the automated message said
"If you're really serious about the offer call be back on....."
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Kim on 21 January, 2018, 02:19:49 pm
An obvious scam text message, which reads:
"Attention!!! Your Mobile No.has been selected as a winner of £2,000,000.00 on EURO-MEGA DRAW No. EU-09112 Email: euroawardsclaim@gmail.com for info"

Not sure how they sent it though because I didn't get the usual envelope icon on the phones screen to indicate a message waiting and I don't have Bluetooth or WiFi on this phone.

Generated locally by some evil app?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: fuaran on 21 January, 2018, 04:23:53 pm
An obvious scam text message, which reads:
"Attention!!! Your Mobile No.has been selected as a winner of £2,000,000.00 on EURO-MEGA DRAW No. EU-09112 Email: euroawardsclaim@gmail.com for info"

Not sure how they sent it though because I didn't get the usual envelope icon on the phones screen to indicate a message waiting and I don't have Bluetooth or WiFi on this phone.
Maybe a Class 0 SMS (aka flash SMS)? They appear directly on the screen, without having to open it. And the message won't be saved in your inbox.

They were quite popular with spammers a few years ago. I thought most networks or phones would block them nowadays.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: freeflow on 30 January, 2018, 11:38:23 am
Not seen this one before


Quote
My name is Youness, and I'm a Support Ambassador for Microsoft Office 365. Our systems indicate that you have recently used the Setup wizard in the Office 365 admin centre to set up a domain and users.  This is a good start with Office 365 setup, but there are still some important steps left to be completed.  I would like to call you shortly to see if you need any assistance to complete the rest of the setup so that you can start using all of the available services and applications in your subscription. Feel free to let me know the best time to contact you by replying to this email.
 
 The following link may be useful to assist you with setting up your O365 Administration Portal:
 https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/About-the-Office-365-admin-center-758befc4-0888-4009-9f14-0d147402fd23 (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/About-the-Office-365-admin-center-758befc4-0888-4009-9f14-0d147402fd23)
 

Thank you,
 Youness Orchi
 Office 365 Support
 
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 31 January, 2018, 11:45:24 am
To accounts@[mydomain]

I need you to process a "Faster Payment" to a new beneficiary, can you handle this right now?
Payee details attached.


Regards
[my name]

Sent from my iPhone.

Attached to that was a pdf that said:-
Lloyds Bank    Plc
Henry Duncan House, 30
George Street,
Edinburgh EH1 4LH
Total due
Payment Details
£9,855.00
Payee Name   Samantha Parkin
Bank Name   Lloyds Bank Plc
Account Number   10261784
Sort Code   30-64-24
Amount  ( GBP )
Sub-total (Exc. VAT)   £9,855.00
Plus VAT (20%)   0,00
To t a l   I n c   VAT   £9,855.00
Balance Due   £9,855.00


(The sort code doesn't seem to go anywhere)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 05 February, 2018, 06:35:28 pm
Quote
We are local miners from Liberia, we have 500 kg gold dust for sale FOB.
Price $27,000 per kilo. If interested kindly get back to me ASAP.
Regards,
Alhaji Kabba
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 05 February, 2018, 08:00:26 pm
$27,000 is way too much.  The fence in the last series of "Engrenages" was buying at €24,000, and that for ingots.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 06 February, 2018, 09:28:25 am
I registered a .com domain name last week and I’ve had spam phone calls and emails offering me web design services.

They’ve pretty much stopped since I changed the email address and  'made a mistake' with the phone number  :demon:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 27 February, 2018, 08:25:12 am
Went to a funeral yesterday.

This morning “Compare prepaid funeral plans” appears in my in box.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 02 April, 2018, 08:47:29 pm
From: Apple Support <tgxx@cw.lazada.com>
To: Mr Larrington
Subject: [ Statement Report ] : We Declined Your Last Transaction For Your Safety on March 32, 2018 [ 61437-5068-61919]...

Including the body of the message would be superfluous ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 02 April, 2018, 08:49:40 pm
Did the clocks strike 13 today?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Kim on 02 April, 2018, 10:35:41 pm
Timezones are hard, mmkay?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 09 April, 2018, 07:25:46 pm
Today's spam is offering me 'discrete girls' [sic]
Glad they're not continuous...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 09 April, 2018, 07:30:47 pm
Apparently, sinister hackers took over my computer and they caught me doing the singular nasty on my webcam. Oh noes. And for only a rather precise $319 in Bitcoin, they won't circulate the webcam footage it to all my contacts.

Yeah, yeah, like they'd be surprised.

For the record, I haven't and they didn't and I don't. The would-be blackmailer did apologize for his poor grammar on account of 'being Chinese' though. Which I thought was rather nice. There's something at lot worse about being blackmailed in unapologetically poor grammar.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 20 June, 2018, 09:03:17 am
Just got this in to one of our work addresses. Bonkers.

Dear Sir, This is Ivan here. They had stopped when the coach stopped, and they kept close company with it. We profession manutacure high technology products of subway turnstile. much when the old man was asleep and his head fallen forward. Include the Tripod Turnstile,Flap Barrier Gate,Swing Barrier Gate,Access Control. gallantly shot him through the head and rode away; the mail was waylaid by seven robbers, Application:(future life products) Yes, he thought. And now he has jumped more than a dozen times and filled high club,Factory entrance, garden,gym, attractions door check, the residential area entrance When the whole world is about to rain, let's make it clear in our heart together. If you touch these products and project,you get more than 50% benefit. And them will use in more and more place If you have any interest and project, please to contact us to know more info The boy had given him two fresh small tunas, or albacores, Waiting for your reply soon On Sunday, after morning service, the separation, so agreeable to almost all, took place. best regards Ivan Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk. They changed the referees every four hours after the fist eight so that the referees Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. Where there is a will there is a way.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 20 July, 2018, 10:13:50 am
Only a slight variation on the theme, but made me smile


OFFICIAL LETTER FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
CHRISTOPHER A. WRAY DIRECTOR FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
 
FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
Email: washingtonfield.ic.fbi.govt1@gmail.com
Telepohone: (202) 688 5501
 
 
 FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
 ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY
 FROM: CHRISTOPHER A. WRAY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF
 INVESTIGATION WASHINGTON DC. FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET

 The federal bureau of investigation (FBI).Through our intelligence-
monitoring network has discovered that the corrupt Bank Officials in
the Central Bank of Nigeria, Union Bank, Zenit Bank and other Bank
Officials in Nigeria and Europe with the Fake Courrier services in
Nigeria and other countries who are trying to Divert your Funds into
their own personal account, So we want to congratulate on our success,
because with the help of our Intelligence-Monitoring Network we have
been able to recovered your Funds back from them and they are ready to
be deliver to you.
 
 
We the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in
conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have
investigated through our monitoring network noting that are presently
dealing and in contact with the Central Bank of Nigeria and some other
Bank officials who are trying to Divert your Funds into their own
personal account and we have finally rovered your Funds. and now you
have the legitimate right to to claim your fund in total $US15,500,000
(Fifteen million five Hundred Thousand united states dollars).
 

We the federal bureau of investigation after recovered your Funds from
Nigeria and the peoples, had decided to contact the FedEx Courier
Service Company in Nigeria for them to give us their procedures on how
to sent this money to you without any further complain or delay. After
your Funds was recovered, we are unable to move the cash out of Nigeria
because of the Money Laundry, and we have decided to deal with the real
Bank office in order to deliver to Funds to you safely, and We just got
an information that your Funds $US15,500,000 has been loaded in ATM
CARD and submit to the FedEx courier service company for immediate
delivery to your doorstep.
 
 
You are required to choose one option from the below list which you
will be able to pay and also convenient for you, for quick delivery of
your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up
documents.
 
 
Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees
------------------------------------------------------
Premium Express (24hrs Delivery)
Mailing $200.00 00.00
Insurance $150.00 00.00
Vat $100.00 00.00
TOTAL $450.00
$450(Four Hundred and fifty US Dollars Only).
...............................................
Special Express (2 Days)
Mailing $180.00 00.00
Insurance $50.00 00.00
Vat $150.00 00.00
TOTAL $380.00 00.00
$380(Three Hundred and Eighty US Dollars Only).
................................................
Economy Express (3Days)
Mailing $100.00 00.00
Insurance $150.00 00.00
Vat (5%) $50.00 00.00
TOTAL $300.00 00.00
$300(Three Hundred US Dollars Only).
...........................................
 
 
You are hereby required to advice us, on your parcel delivery option by
filling in the required form stated above. Please note that the
deadline for claiming your fund is exactly one week after the receipt
of this email. After this period, your fund will be return back to the
ordering costumer. That is the instruction given to us .So take note.
 
We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity
with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only
valid residential/ Office address and postal address are certified OK.

DELIVERY DESTINATION INFORMATION:
-------------------------------------
1) Your full name:
2) Phone, fax and mobile:
3) Address :
4) Profession:
5) Age:
6) Marital status:
7) Copy of your any valid ID card.
 
Delivery Information/ Parcel Description
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Delivery Terms: .............. .......International Delivery
Condition Of Delivery..............Priority Delivery
Consignment Note No: ........... MI 49866-2110
Color of Parcel: ..................... Brown.
Total Weight: ..........................1.2 kg
Total Net Weight: ..................0.7 kg
 
 
We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your
package.You can as well get in touch with the FedEx delivery company
assigned to deliver this financial package to your doorstep.
 
Below is the delivery companies contact information:
Companies Name: Federal Express Courier Service.
Directors Name: MR. BEN MORGAN
Email: benmorgan@diplomats.com
 
Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message
 
Best Regards,
 
Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA
Email: washingtonfield.ic.fbi.govt1@gmail.com
Telepohone: (202) 688 5501
 
 
Note:All correspondences and Questions should be directed to Mr. Ben
Morgan of FedEx Courier Service and Do disregard any email you get from
any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM
CARD,you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Ben Morga of
the FedEx Courier Service 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
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 23 July, 2018, 10:53:15 am
Surely the whole idea of sending SPAM is that it is believeable?

If so why did I get one, this morning, that says "You have been selected to be in Who's Who" !!!!!

Next I'll be receiving on from Burke's Peerage!!!!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 23 July, 2018, 01:57:52 pm

Next I'll be receiving on from Burke's Peerage!!!!

Half right, anyhow
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rogerzilla on 23 July, 2018, 08:42:31 pm
SO has just got the "we see you fapping" (schlicking in her case) blackmail e-mail.  They're using old passwords from one of the big breaches like Yahoo! to make you think they 0wnz0r your computer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: dave r on 26 July, 2018, 03:27:48 pm
I had this in my spam box this morning, now what am I going to do with all that money?  😀😀😀


Central Bank of Nigeria,
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way Central
Business District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja,
Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
P.M.B. 0187, Garki Abuja.
Nigeria.

Attn: Beneficiary,

CBN DEBT PAYMENT NOTICE OF YOUR FUNDS

My name is Mr Godwin Emefiele the new Executive Governor Of The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Executive Chairman of "E.C.D.R". I discovered your name and email address in the Central Computer that you're among the list of unpaid contractors inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from Africa, (Europe, Asia, Middle east and Americans) are all among the list, Your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account and your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a payment of $15,000,000,00 Million and has been approved already for Payment. But last Monday two foreigners (Mr. David L Smith and Mr. John Shook) visited my office on your behalf and stated that you and Mr.Jesus Martinez Cardona sent them to come down here on your behalf to claim your fund, But we Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come and Collect your Funds on your behalf, If actually you want them to help you Collect your contract fund, at least you should have informed me as the new Executive Governor of this Bank. They actually tendered some Vital documents which Proved that you actually sent them for the collection of this Funds. Honestly, it really baffles me that you took such decision without my consent. Here are the document which they tender to this Bank.

1. LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION.
2. ORDER TO RELEASE.

Actually, these documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a clear Proof that you sent them to Collect this Funds for you, Finally, I told them to come back Next week Monday morning and they promised to come back. As the Governor of this Noble Bank, I was supposed to Release this Funds to them but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you first. due to the Nature of my job, I will not want to make any mistake in Releasing this Funds to anyone except you whom is the Recognized Bonfire Beneficiary to this Funds. Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to these foreigners whom came on your Behalf. In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required to email this Bank immediately you receive this Confidential Letter.

You are required to reconfirm to me your information bellow.
1, Your full name and your address
2, Your Telephone number or fax
3, Your Age and Marital status,
4, Your Occupation

As soon as i receive these information’s, I will proceed with the Processing of your fund transfer to your account.

Best Regards

Officially Signed.
Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Executive Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 18 August, 2018, 02:48:42 pm
Quote
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT®
5070 WILSHIRE BLVD
LOS ANGELES. CA 90036
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is
because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service
Provider,We (BMW) urge you to treat it genuinely.


Dear Winner([email address]),

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a
brand new 2017/2018 Model BMW 7 Series Car and a Cheque of
$1,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on
the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.
Description of prize vehicle;
Model: 760Li Color (exterior): Metallic Silver Mileage: 5
Transmission: Automatic 6 Speed
Options: Cold weather package, premium package, fold down rear seats
w/ski bag, am Fm stereo with single in dash compact disc player.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system (ESS) from a database of over
150,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world
which you were selected.

The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also
licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators
(IAGR).To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our
fiduciary claims department for more information as regards procedures
to claim your prize.


Fiduciary Agent: Mr. Wayne Brooks
Contact Email: Waynebrooks75@yahoo.com

Contact him by providing him with your secret pin code Number
BMW: 344176KYTR0M/45.As the subject of your email for swift response

You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:

1. Name In Full :
2. Residential Address :
3. Nationality :
4. Age :
5. Sex:
6. Occupation :
7. Direct Phone :
8. Present Country :
9. Email address :
10. Pin code Number BMW: 344176KYTR0M/45
 
Note that you have to send email to Mr. Wayne Brooks
You are to provide him with the above listed details as
soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of your prize
winnings.


Ms Beth.
---------------------
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 26 August, 2018, 01:21:26 pm
(http://www.mtrak.co.uk/pictures/scam1.gif)

The small print of an invitation to put my company name is a directory that no-one has ever heard of, for the bargain rate of €2,985
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: nicknack on 26 August, 2018, 02:16:18 pm
It's ages since I last had one of these:
Quote
Dear one,

 My name is Mr.peter see, I am the manager foreign remittance department of
Bank in Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan Africa. I have a business proposal in the
tune of ($3.5 Million United States Dollar only) after the successful
transfer;We shall share the fund in ratio of 40% for you and 50% for
me,while 10% will be mapped out for any expenses we may incurre in this
transaction if any. Please if you are interested,So we can commence all
arrangements,And I will Give you more information on how we would handle
This project. Please treat this business with utmost Confidentiality and
send me the Following information's below to enable us commence immediately

Best Regards,

 Mr.peter see
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 21 September, 2018, 05:38:47 pm
Only a slight variation on the theme, but made me smile


OFFICIAL LETTER FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
CHRISTOPHER A. WRAY DIRECTOR FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
 
FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
Email: washingtonfield.ic.fbi.govt1@gmail.com


I've had very similar but from the "CURRENT SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY USA"

Who apparently has "..... authorized the Government of Benin Republic to allow me fly with this your approved Consignment Box to make the delivery to you without any delay which they have agreed. The only Fee you will Pay to confirm Your Consignment Box received in your possession is the "Air Flight Weight Fee" of your Consignment Box which is the sum of USD$85.00 only. In order words your Briefcase is with me now and i shall be coming to your country to make the delivery to you as soon as you sent me your below shipping details/Address where you will want your consignment be deliver to you."

I can't wait!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Efrogwr on 08 October, 2018, 10:51:24 am
A request for my reply (urgent...) from someone with a German first name, an Indian second name and a Mexican email address?

I'll kick myself when I realise how many Bitcoins/Euros/Rupees/Pesos/Dollars I could have had...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: nicknack on 23 October, 2018, 06:54:26 pm
I mentioned this on another thread but it probably belongs here.
This is the second one of these I've received.
Quote
xxxxxx is yo‌ur pa‌ss. L‌ets g‌et ri‌ght to poi‌nt. No‌t a si‌ngl‌e p‌erso‌n has pa‌i‌d me to‌ ch‌eck yo‌u. You do‌ not kno‌w m‌e a‌nd you'r‌e pro‌bably wo‌nd‌ering why you a‌r‌e g‌etti‌ng thi‌s ema‌i‌l?

a‌ctua‌lly, i s‌etup a so‌ftwar‌e o‌n th‌e xxx vids (po‌rno) w‌eb si‌t‌e a‌nd do‌ yo‌u kno‌w what, yo‌u vi‌si‌t‌ed this si‌te to‌ hav‌e fun (yo‌u kno‌w wha‌t i m‌ea‌n). Wh‌en yo‌u wer‌e wa‌tchi‌ng vid‌eo‌s, yo‌ur bro‌ws‌er sta‌rt‌ed functi‌o‌ni‌ng a‌s a RDP that ha‌s a‌ k‌ey lo‌gg‌er which pro‌vi‌d‌ed me with a‌ccessi‌bili‌ty to‌ yo‌ur scr‌een a‌nd w‌eb ca‌m. Ri‌ght aft‌er tha‌t, my softwar‌e pro‌gram ga‌th‌er‌ed all of your conta‌cts fro‌m yo‌ur M‌ess‌eng‌er, Fa‌c‌eboo‌k, and ‌e-ma‌i‌l . a‌fter tha‌t i‌ crea‌t‌ed a‌ do‌uble-scre‌en vi‌d‌eo‌. 1st pa‌rt shows th‌e vi‌d‌eo‌ yo‌u w‌er‌e wa‌tchi‌ng (yo‌u ha‌v‌e a ni‌ce ta‌st‌e ha‌ha‌), a‌nd next pa‌rt shows th‌e vi‌ew o‌f yo‌ur w‌ebcam, a‌nd i‌ts u.

Yo‌u wi‌ll hav‌e two alt‌erna‌ti‌ves. W‌e wi‌ll r‌ea‌d up o‌n th‌es‌e cho‌i‌c‌es i‌n d‌eta‌i‌ls:

First alt‌ernativ‌e i‌s to i‌gno‌r‌e thi‌s m‌essa‌g‌e. i‌n this situati‌on, i a‌m goi‌ng to‌ s‌end your a‌ctual vi‌d‌eo‌ta‌p‌e to‌ ‌ea‌ch on‌e of your conta‌cts and thus co‌nsi‌d‌er regardi‌ng th‌e ‌emba‌rra‌ssm‌ent yo‌u f‌eel. Mo‌r‌eov‌er i‌f you a‌re i‌n a‌ rela‌ti‌o‌nshi‌p, ‌exactly ho‌w it will a‌ffect?

Numb‌er 2 o‌pti‌on sho‌uld be to‌ pa‌y m‌e $1000. L‌ets na‌me i‌t as a‌ do‌na‌ti‌on. i‌n such a‌ ca‌s‌e, i mo‌st c‌ertai‌nly wi‌ll strai‌ght a‌wa‌y ‌era‌s‌e yo‌ur vi‌d‌eo‌. Yo‌u co‌uld co‌nti‌nu‌e yo‌ur lif‌e li‌k‌e this n‌ev‌er o‌ccurr‌ed a‌nd yo‌u will not hea‌r ba‌ck aga‌in fro‌m me.

Yo‌u'll ma‌ke the pa‌yment via‌ Bi‌tco‌in (if yo‌u do‌n't kno‌w thi‌s, s‌ea‌rch fo‌r 'ho‌w to buy bi‌t‌co‌in' in Go‌o‌gl‌e s‌earch ‌engi‌n‌e).

BT‌C‌ a‌ddr‌ess: 1fq6BA1P7ZLunGu1S2gngpADh1Lm3hgfE
[CaS‌e-SeNSi‌Ti‌V‌e so‌ co‌py a‌nd pa‌st‌e i‌t]

i‌n ca‌se yo‌u a‌r‌e pla‌nning o‌n goi‌ng to‌ th‌e law enforcem‌ent offi‌ci‌als, v‌ery well, thi‌s m‌essag‌e ca‌n not b‌e tra‌c‌ed ba‌ck to m‌e. I‌ ha‌ve ta‌k‌en ca‌r‌e o‌f my mo‌v‌es. i‌ am just not tryi‌ng to‌ a‌sk yo‌u fo‌r a‌ hug‌e amo‌unt, i‌ si‌mply wa‌nt to b‌e pa‌i‌d. i‌ ha‌v‌e a‌ sp‌eci‌a‌l pi‌x‌el wi‌thi‌n thi‌s ‌ema‌il m‌essa‌ge, and a‌t thi‌s mo‌m‌ent i‌ know tha‌t yo‌u ha‌ve r‌ea‌d thro‌ugh thi‌s ‌e ma‌i‌l. You ha‌ve o‌n‌e da‌y to‌ mak‌e th‌e pa‌ym‌ent. i‌f i‌ do‌n't g‌et th‌e B‌itC‌oins, i‌ wi‌ll d‌efi‌ni‌t‌ely send o‌ut yo‌ur vid‌eo‌ r‌eco‌rding to‌ a‌ll of yo‌ur co‌nta‌cts i‌ncludi‌ng r‌ela‌ti‌ves, co‌-wo‌rkers, ‌etc. Havi‌ng sa‌i‌d tha‌t, i‌f i r‌ec‌ei‌ve th‌e paym‌ent, i‌'ll ‌era‌s‌e th‌e vi‌d‌eo‌ i‌mm‌edia‌t‌ely. Thi‌s i‌s a‌ no‌nn‌ego‌ti‌a‌ble off‌er a‌nd thus plea‌s‌e do‌n't wa‌ste my ti‌m‌e a‌nd yo‌urs by r‌espo‌ndi‌ng to‌ thi‌s ‌ema‌il m‌essa‌g‌e. i‌f you r‌ea‌lly wa‌nt pro‌o‌f, r‌eply wi‌th Yup & i‌ defi‌ni‌t‌ely wi‌ll s‌end o‌ut your vi‌d‌eo‌ to‌ yo‌ur 8 fri‌ends.
Fun isn't it?
I suspect it'll catch quite a few.
Apparently it comes from Adi Kozlowski <adifqk978@list.ru>
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 23 October, 2018, 07:03:26 pm
Actual videotape.

Is it betamax or VHS?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Kim on 23 October, 2018, 07:47:10 pm
I got one of those TAAW.  The password was an old one for stuff-I-don't-particularly-care-about, so no idea where it came from.  I suppose I'll just have to wait for the videotape to come out.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 23 October, 2018, 08:04:44 pm
My father-in-law is still waiting for Betamax to make a comeback.

Though I suspect this isn't the reason.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chrisbainbridge on 24 October, 2018, 01:11:29 pm
i am so ashamed, I was watching videos of titanium framed bikes in their naked glory doing amazing things with their riders.  I even looked at park tool videos about pumping and bleeding hydraulic discs. How will I live with the shame?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonycollinet on 24 October, 2018, 08:37:48 pm
I think such a video would only improve my social standing :D

I'm getting a number that look like this...

Quote
Final Warning

I'm writing you further to my letter, relateing to the overdue invoice as detailed above.

The amount of £12,481.73 is still outstanding on your account. If the full amount is not received within fourteen days the EY will have no alternative but to commence legal proceesings through the County Court.

I have enclosed a copy of the invoice for your reference, you can download / view using this link :

I'm really worried about legal proceesings - what should I do.
Yours worriedly
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: quixoticgeek on 24 October, 2018, 08:56:18 pm
I mentioned this on another thread but it probably belongs here.
This is the second one of these I've received.
Quote
xxxxxx is yo‌ur pa‌ss. L‌ets g‌et ri‌ght to poi‌nt. No‌t a si‌ngl‌e p‌erso‌n has pa‌i‌d me to‌ ch‌eck yo‌u. You do‌ not kno‌w m‌e a‌nd you'r‌e pro‌bably wo‌nd‌ering why you a‌r‌e g‌etti‌ng thi‌s ema‌i‌l?
<snip>

So I got my first one of these a couple of weeks back. It had an email address, and password combination I've used, but I couldn't remember when I last used that combo (I give every site a different email address). Turns out, it was live journal. And scarily, despite thinking I had deleted the account a decade or so ago, it was still there. Thanks to this password reminder I was able to login and delete my livejournal. I can see a lot of people falling for this one. I'm glad that I have some tape over my webcams so that there can be no footage of me watching videos of pretty bikes on gootube...

I've since had half a dozen or so similar emails with various wordings, but all include the same email address, and the same password. Dunno which would be more embarrassing, releasing a video of me watching youtube, or releasing my live journal posts from when I was at uni...

J
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonycollinet on 24 October, 2018, 09:05:31 pm
Here is another

Quote
Good day adobe,
 
Your customer asked me to pickup some goods from your company.
Here find the attached invoice he sent me with the corresponding PO.
I am his forwarder,

What is the best time to visit your office tomorrow for collection?
 
Thank you,
 
Warehouse Department

In this case the attached invoice is called document_4762_pdf.iso - in other words a disk image that if opened will presumably run a payload.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: The Family Cyclist on 24 October, 2018, 09:11:31 pm
We had one of the you've been recorded viewing emails to our info one at work. Nothing remarkable but the term "hand party" made us all laugh

We also had a genuine email finished with "have a weekend"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 25 October, 2018, 08:22:58 pm
Quote
Final Message for __FIRST_NAME__ __LAST_NAME__

Hello Jaded
This information is for our potential winders!

We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the participants in our final draw to win a Tesco voucher worth 1,000GBP!

Don't miss this chance and click below to confirm your details and claim your spot in the finl draw. If you don't use the opportunity, your spot will be passed on to a different receipient of this newsletter.
(This offer is valid for the next 7 days)

We are happy to offer you this opportunity and wish you good luck!

your Breaking Deals UK Team

I don't use winders, I use Mac!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 26 October, 2018, 07:44:22 pm
I keep saying that's now how webcams work. They should be paying you. Insist on their credit card details up front.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 31 October, 2018, 10:38:21 am
Welcome Snezhana! *

(https://i.imgur.com/PiyxQsC.png)

and her friend Liza, who is already planning for 2021, or living in the past, or went too far putting her clock back.

(https://i.imgur.com/xsTmni8.png)

* I once knew a Snezhana from the former Yugoslavia (so probably written Snježana). I don't think this is the same Snezhana.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Efrogwr on 05 November, 2018, 11:38:07 am
I got one in Korean.

That scammer is even dimmer than the one that sent the same message twice in a week.

I forward them to the police; there's an outside chance that enough information will build up to make the bastards identifiable.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: quixoticgeek on 11 November, 2018, 12:58:10 pm

So I got this one this morning:

Quote

Dear user of <one of my domains I don't really use>!                                                   
                                                                               
I am a spyware software developer.                                             
Your account has been hacked by me in the summer of 2018.                       
                                                                               
I understand that it is hard to believe, but here is my evidence (I sent you   
this email from your account).                                                 
                                                                               
The hacking was carried out using a hardware vulnerability through which you   
went online (Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296).                       
                                                                               
I went around the security system in the router, installed an exploit there.   
When you went online, my exploit downloaded my malicious code (rootkit) to your
device.                                                                         
This is driver software, I constantly updated it, so your antivirus is silent   
all time.                                                                       
                                                                               
Since then I have been following you (I can connect to your device via the VNC 
protocol).                                                                     
That is, I can see absolutely everything that you do, view and download your   
files and any data to yourself.
I also have access to the camera on your device, and I periodically take photos
and videos with you.                                                           
                                                                               
At the moment, I have harvested a solid dirt... on you...                       
I saved all your email and chats from your messangers. I also saved the entire 
history of the sites you visit.                                                 
                                                                               
I note that it is useless to change the passwords. My malware update passwords 
from your accounts every times.                                                 
                                                                               
I know what you like hard funs (adult sites).                                   
Oh, yes .. I'm know your secret life, which you are hiding from everyone.       
Oh my God, what are your like... I saw THIS ... Oh, you dirty naughty person ...
:)                                                                             
                                                                               
I took photos and videos of your most passionate funs with adult content, and   
synchronized them in real time with the image of your camera.                   
Believe it turned out very high quality!                                       
                                                                               
So, to the business!                                                           
I'm sure you don't want to show these files and visiting history to all your
contacts.                                                                       
                                                                               
Transfer $805 to my Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet:                             
<redacted>
Just copy and paste the wallet number when transferring.                       
If you do not know how to do this - ask Google.                                 
                                                                               
My system automatically recognizes the translation.                             
As soon as the specified amount is received, all your data will be destroyed   
from my server, and the rootkit will be automatically removed from your system.
Do not worry, I really will delete everything, since I am 'working' with many   
people who have fallen into your position.                                     
You will only have to inform your provider about the vulnerabilities in the     
router so that other hackers will not use it.                                   
                                                                               
Since opening this letter you have 48 hours.                                   
If funds not will be received, after the specified time has elapsed, the disk of
your device will be formatted,                                                 
and from my server will automatically send email and sms to all your contacts   
with compromising material.       

I advise you to remain prudent and not engage in nonsense (all files on my     
server).                                                                       
                                                                               
Good luck! 

So this is an interesting one. It's notable for a couple of things:

- It's in surprisingly good English
- It's got a good attempt at technical content, referencing an actual CVE for a genuine vulnerability.
- Other semi plausible technical content - VNC etc...

I did actually get up to check the cisco router, if they got in with this CVE on my cisco they are bloody impressive, as not only did they bridge and air gap, they have hacked a router that is both powered off, and not plugged into a network... Oh and it isn't listed as vulnerable to that CVE.

I've got tape over all the cameras, etc...

But again, I can see this catching a lot of people who don't want to take the risk...

J
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Efrogwr on 15 November, 2018, 08:47:48 pm
I got the sames one that quixoticgeek quotes, with the exception that the arsehole wants $841.

Is thi inflation, or is it a sign that this scam isn't very profitable?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: PeteB99 on 28 November, 2018, 01:15:21 pm
Couple of phonecalls with a recorded american voice telling me my BT internet connection is about to be terminated. Press one to pass your bank details to an operative.

FOAD scammer
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 10 February, 2019, 01:21:49 pm
TV Licencing have been unable to collect on my Direct Debit, or so an e-mail from scammer@bollocks.live.com tells me.  And I'm sure there are sound technical reasons for the return address to be other_scammer@outlook.com.  Not.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 10 February, 2019, 06:17:44 pm
I seem to get lots of spam from names of people whom I probably sent emails to when
I used a Yahoo account.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 13 March, 2019, 01:48:10 pm
Quote
Hello i mail to no if we can make a transat together on a matual business that we both can benefit in it?

Marks out of ten?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: IanDG on 15 March, 2019, 07:23:51 am
From facebook - worth a share :D

Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home
Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Plot 555
Misau Street
PMB 437
Garki, Abuja, FCT NIGERIA

Dear Mr. Sir,

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.

In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.

Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 percent of the transferred sum, while 10 percent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 percent to other accounts in due course.

Kindly expedite action as we are behind schedule to enable us include downpayment in this financial quarter.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message via my direct number 234 (0) 9-234-XXXX only.

Yours Sincerely, Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
XXXX@nasrda.gov.ng

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 16 March, 2019, 10:31:06 am
Time for the regular dose of "Sponsored Posts" (ie shitverts) on Farcebok.  "I'm really looking forward to working at this event next week" gushed one half-wit.  The event in January.  January 2018.

Apparently spamming people about an event that came and went over a year ago doesn't fall foul of Sorryberg's Ad Policies :facepalm:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 17 March, 2019, 04:10:33 pm
Today's spam wanted $1000 in bitcoin, and gave the bitcoin wallet address.  The text warned that the wallet address is case-sensitive so advised copying and pasting.

The message was sent as a picture of words only.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 23 March, 2019, 06:37:11 am
Weirdly I seem to be getting a spate of spam claiming I have joined a lesbian community.

I am this, confused.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Efrogwr on 25 March, 2019, 07:17:01 pm
I got one in Chinese today. I could tell because the originator's email address (possibly fake...) was transliterated into Roman characters.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 31 March, 2019, 12:36:51 am
I cannot work out if this is spam or stupidity.

Hi <Surname>, (it was the right surname)


I hope things are good. I was wondering if you would like to speak at The Government Administration and Procurement Summit which is being held on May 1st 2019 in the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes .

As it is a broad event, we are open to any topic. If you or your colleagues from would simply like to attend you can register for complimentary passes on the site and a badge will be waiting for you on day.

The event will bring together senior management from the UK’s national and local governments, state bodies and semi state bodies, and private enterprises, in order to facilitate networking and the sharing of best practice and innovations in areas such as, procurement, sustainability, infrastructure, smart cities, utilities, lean, technology, IT, skills and training, finance, smart government and more
The event is actually Co-Located with a number of other events with over 2000 people attending.

The Smart & Green Building Expo
UK Construction Expo
The Facility Management & Maintenance Show
Health and Safety Live
The National Engineering Expo

Do you think this could appeal and if so which event do you think might be of interest?

If so, we can discuss in more detail. If you would like to suggest a colleague to speak instead, I would be happy for any recommendations.

John Bent
Event Manager
Government Administration & Procurement Summit
http://governmentevent.co.uk

I’d love to speak at it, but...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chrisbainbridge on 31 March, 2019, 08:02:58 am
I get a couple of invitations per week to things like this.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tiermat on 09 April, 2019, 11:05:40 am
LinkedIn spam really gets my goat.  This (barring the anonymising) is the extent of a conversation I wish I hadn't entered into.

===========

Hello XXXX,
We have openings for Platform Architect (Cloud) with one of our premier banking client in London.If this happens to be of your interest,then let's connect and discuss in detail.
Regards.


TODAY
Slave Traader sent the following message at 10:19 AM

Hi,
Please let me know if you are interested.
Regards

XXXX sent the following message at 10:52 AM

No, thanks

Slave Trader sent the following message at 10:54 AM

If I may know your preference.
Thanks.


XXXX sent the following message at 10:58 AM

My preference is for recruitment agents to actually look at my profile, ask intelligent questions and then find me the ideal role. However it appears that is an impossible dream, so I will settle for recruitment agents that are polite and take the time to know what I am after.

Have a great day and I wish you well in your search for a suitable candidate for this role.

Phil

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 16 April, 2019, 08:14:50 pm
Not strictly speaking spam, but it sort of fits here.

On Sunday I  received an email with this text
Quote
Hope you're
celebrating!
Happy birthday, John!
We hope you have a great day!
Sincerely,
Kincaid and Purvis Family Dentistry

Very nice of them, I'm sure, but it's 23 weeks until my birthday.

A quick google placed the sender in New Bern, North Carolina. A further bit of googling of my name and New Bern turned up this thoroughly nasty piece of shit (http://sexoffender.ncsbi.gov/details.aspx?SRN=030812S2) who not that long ago was released after 20 years in the slammer, and whose birthday was on Sunday.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 01 May, 2019, 04:42:18 pm
Gosh! I'm delighted to have been accepted  to represent your professional community in the The 2019 Worldwide Association of Female Professionals AND It won't cost me a thing.
Do they know something about 'down there' I don't?  :facepalm:
I've had several of these all with different reply addresses:

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the The 2019 Worldwide Association of Female Professionals
We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved Congratulations!
The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing,
but focusing as well on criteria from facebook along with other executive professional directories, associations, and trade journals.
http://www.verticalcharge.com/approved

Given your background our Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our online and hardcover publications.
There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate.
http://www.---------.com/approved
Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.
To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here http://www.---------.com/approved Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is coming up fast.
To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on as soon as possible.
On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.
http://www.--------.com/approved
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 26 May, 2019, 09:09:49 am
This is mildly bizarre, it was sent in to our company's support mail address.

Quote
Dear Sir/Madam, support We are a professional supplier of drawstring sports bags. This is a drawstring sports bag we do, it's a wonderful item for your reselling, packaging, giveaways, company events. Item: drawstring sports bag Material: 420D polyester Size: 32 x 45 cm MOQ: 1,000 pcs. We can also produce many other types of bags according to your requirements. Should you have any inquiry, please let us know. Steven Please send unsubscribe if you're not interested, thanks! It's impossible for us! "I know. I'll protect my identity." As I spoke, I turned and looked at the door and said, "Runzhi is afraid to wait. Let's go down quickly." In an instant, a large number of black demagogues, like opening the gate, gurgling out! "I really want to help you." I'm being honest. At first glance, the doctor naturally looked at Gu Huairen, the boss, and rushed to him and said, "the patient is all right, very." It's weird. After we had our craniotomy, we found that the focus had been strangely hemostatic? " 2019/5/26 5:19:32
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 26 May, 2019, 10:05:00 am
Probably an application for a job in the helldesk, sounds eminently qualified to me.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 26 May, 2019, 10:37:21 am
Padding spam out with a ton of irrelevant, innocuous text is a well-known technique to get past spam-traps.

It clearly appears to have worked.   ;)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 26 May, 2019, 11:51:43 am
Not quite. It went into the 'Suspended' bucket.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 26 May, 2019, 02:11:49 pm
It could be that their craniotomy has affected their thinking.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Paul on 26 May, 2019, 02:34:35 pm
Can you ask them for the next chapter?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 27 May, 2019, 12:18:41 pm
Can you ask them for the next chapter?

Hatler should pretend to be a publisher of avant-garde fiction :demon:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 27 May, 2019, 12:41:56 pm
Can you ask them for the next chapter?
Bugger. Too late. Already permanently binned. Good thinking that. I'll look out for the next one.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Paul on 27 May, 2019, 04:34:48 pm
Reminded me of If, On A Winter’s Night, A Traveller, but easier to follow.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Genosse Brymbo on 29 May, 2019, 02:24:14 pm
Don't know how this one got past my employer's spam trap.  My own cerebral parser always stops at "reach out" and inflexions thereof.  The only problem is that the email is now categorised as bad language and not spam.

Quote
From: Yuriem Rodriguez
Subject: David, are you in?

Hi David,
On behalf of IBM, I am reaching out to gauge your interest in learning how to improve the security and speed at which your firm moves applications from development to production.
I have the authority, to reward you fifty dollars, simply to see if it is worth your time to evaluate IBM’s Onwire Application Security product.  (4 minute conversation)
What time, Thursday or Friday, is most convenient to reach out to you, for a 4 minute discussion?   
 
Thanks in advance for your time David.
 
Yuriem Rodriguez
Technology Solutions Coordinator
yuriem.rodriguez@itbr.com
336-930-7299
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 29 May, 2019, 03:51:29 pm
... now categorised as bad language and not spam.



That for saying "IBM"?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Genosse Brymbo on 30 May, 2019, 04:47:11 pm
That for saying "IBM"?
Sorry, it was my own in-joke.  I have a subfolder of my Outlook inbox at work, called "Bad Language", where I move messages which offend me for grammar/spelling/vocabulary reasons.  A recent addition was sent by our Corporate Vice President of Information Security, or somesuch.  He requested that we "reframe from using weak passwords".

The spam contained a vocabulary offence - "reach out" instead of "contact".  This and "a bunch of" for "several" are the most common crimes I encounter, working for a U.S. employer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 30 May, 2019, 06:24:47 pm
There's a sign in the mothership boys' loo that reads 'please reframe from putting paper towels down the toilet.' Amuses me every time.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ham on 30 May, 2019, 10:09:28 pm
That for saying "IBM"?
Sorry, it was my own in-joke.  I have a subfolder of my Outlook inbox at work, called "Bad Language", where I move messages which offend me for grammar/spelling/vocabulary reasons.  A recent addition was sent by our Corporate Vice President of Information Security, or somesuch.  He requested that we "reframe from using weak passwords".

The spam contained a vocabulary offence - "reach out" instead of "contact".  This and "a bunch of" for "several" are the most common crimes I encounter, working for a U.S. employer.

Ah yes, my comment was an in-joke too, I work for a certain US employer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Paul on 31 May, 2019, 01:57:48 am
This is mildly bizarre, it was sent in to our company's support mail address.

Quote
Dear Sir/Madam, support We are a professional supplier of drawstring sports bags. This is a drawstring sports bag we do, it's a wonderful item for your reselling, packaging, giveaways, company events. Item: drawstring sports bag Material: 420D polyester Size: 32 x 45 cm MOQ: 1,000 pcs. We can also produce many other types of bags according to your requirements. Should you have any inquiry, please let us know. Steven Please send unsubscribe if you're not interested, thanks! It's impossible for us! "I know. I'll protect my identity." As I spoke, I turned and looked at the door and said, "Runzhi is afraid to wait. Let's go down quickly." In an instant, a large number of black demagogues, like opening the gate, gurgling out! "I really want to help you." I'm being honest. At first glance, the doctor naturally looked at Gu Huairen, the boss, and rushed to him and said, "the patient is all right, very." It's weird. After we had our craniotomy, we found that the focus had been strangely hemostatic? " 2019/5/26 5:19:32

Ah - it's a taster, or teaser, to encourage you to buy a drawstring sports bag with the promise of more to come. A sort of amusette bouche, if you will.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 05 June, 2019, 10:15:19 pm
Wahey !!  Part 2.

Quote
I was taken to Huaizhi traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital that night. And the sun is one of them at the moment. At that moment, I despised this woman even more. Gu Huairen sat down the first time, his eyes caught a glimpse of Runzhi. "Why don't you go to Huitong County? There's a chicken farm, chicken farmers! There's two or three thousand dollars in January, too! " Sun ErNiang sent me to say.

Do I detect hints of Hemingway in there ?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 09 June, 2019, 08:20:25 pm
Part 3.

Quote
So I called him directly, and when he answered the phone, he was very excited. "Yes. That's her. After my father told me the birthday of my real daughter, I didn't even go to the hospital. I knew it was Runzhi. Because at that time, Runzhi's father Ji Songnian was my subordinate, or that kind of humble subordinate. However, he is more handsome and likes to flirt with each other. After getting pregnant with Runzhi's mother du Lingling, she did not have the ability to deal with the problem, "he said. Morally, though, he shouldn't have made such a mistake with Jasmine. "Miss Ji is here." Aunt Gui Fang's voice came.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 10 June, 2019, 12:39:38 pm
If you buy five or more drawstring sports bags you get the film rights ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Paul on 10 June, 2019, 12:45:34 pm
Shall we compose a couple of paragraphs to send back? We should run them through an online translator to get the full effect.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 27 June, 2019, 09:57:51 am
Part 4.

Quote
He thought so in his heart, but he could not say it in his mouth Acupuncture seems to be easy, after all, this is not any physical work, unlike the construction site to move bricks, the fact is also the same, but acupuncture is also divided into tens of millions of ways, some mysterious acupuncture is needed physical support, Qin and Han use of hundred Ling acupuncture is one of them Of course, he did not say what should be said or not Buzzing.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 15 July, 2019, 05:14:28 pm
I had a phone call from 0808 189 0349, stating that they were from 'Sky Helpdesk', addressing
me as Keiron. I told them that I didn't have Sky and that they were conmen. I also invited them
to fxxx off before hanging up.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 01 November, 2019, 11:42:15 am
"Hello!

I'm a programmer who cracked your email account and device about half year ago.
You entered a password on one of the insecure site you visited, and I catched it.

Of course you can will change your password, or already made it.
But it doesn't matter, my rat software update it every time."

Crikey, I'd better send him some bitcoins!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: robgul on 01 November, 2019, 08:19:55 pm
"Hello!

I'm a programmer who cracked your email account and device about half year ago.
You entered a password on one of the insecure site you visited, and I catched it.

Of course you can will change your password, or already made it.
But it doesn't matter, my rat software update it every time."

Crikey, I'd better send him some bitcoins!

... having about 20 prefix email names on a couple of my domains I get about 6 of that message every day to various addresses . . . . I'm beginning to worry that I'll run out of bitcoins  ;D

Rob
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 08 November, 2019, 06:57:49 pm
Had a good one the other day, a phone call.

“Hello, is that Mr Jaded?”
Yes
“Hello, I’m Pete, calling from.....”
silence
“dammit, I can never get these names right!”
click brrr
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 22 December, 2019, 12:05:50 pm
I seen in dream to meet you...

Hey,my boy. i was seen you From Insta last few days and so i waunt to some meet you.
My Name Emily
I do some page With my personal photo.
I waiting you.
Ma nick : Powers791.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Basil on 02 January, 2020, 08:17:54 pm
By text.

Quote
Argoscard here, we are closing accounts that is yet to migrate onto the new platform. Update your account to keep it active. http://Upgrade Myargoscarduk

(I've monged the web link for your safety)

Obv, I don't have an Argos card. Whatever that is.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 03 January, 2020, 09:11:04 am
It's not entirely reassuring the number of texts I get purporting to be from EE claiming there was an issue with payment and can I provide my details here. (Since I'm on EE, that's either coincidence or something else.)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 25 March, 2020, 07:10:46 pm
Yippee - I can buy face masks in the UK according to today's rash
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Phil W on 25 March, 2020, 07:16:41 pm
It's not entirely reassuring the number of texts I get purporting to be from EE claiming there was an issue with payment and can I provide my details here. (Since I'm on EE, that's either coincidence or something else.)

EE probably have an allocation of mobile number ranges. It can probably be found out somewhere. So it may be targeted at EE numbers but that doesn’t mean it’s targeted at you.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 25 March, 2020, 08:09:01 pm
It's not entirely reassuring the number of texts I get purporting to be from EE claiming there was an issue with payment and can I provide my details here. (Since I'm on EE, that's either coincidence or something else.)
I had one from 3 about difficulties with my monthly payment not long ago, and I'm on 3, but PAYG, so even though the url was plausible (mythree-limited.com), it was an obvious scam.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 25 March, 2020, 10:09:39 pm
My Facebook and Yahoo accounts have been hacked. I am still receiving emails from
people whom I only ever contacted on those two social media accounts years ago.
The spam emails are all virtually identical; nothing in the subject line, sometimes a http
link that has a strikethrough. I've long since close both of them.
 
I've tried checking the source IP addresses (which I assume could be the IP addresses of
the devices that are being used to send the spam emails) and they appear to originate
from different parts of the world.
 
It could be hackers are sharing it, or one hacker is using multiple stolen IP address to
hide his/her true whereabouts?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 25 March, 2020, 11:04:18 pm
Spivs international.
Quote
MOQ: 1000 pcs

We have large quantity of disposable masks in stock, we can provide fast delivery!


During the epidemic, especially the demand for masks was very large, and a situation of difficult to find a mask appeared. Now we have stocked masks available. If there is a demand, please don't hesitate to let me know if there's any inquiry.

Best regards,

Steven Xiu
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: andrewc on 07 April, 2020, 11:53:39 am
One from Gov.UK telling me I need to give them my card details so they can give me a £531 tax credit.     From a telenet.BE email address........   Must be the same lot who say I need to renew my TV licence  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 26 April, 2020, 09:02:05 am
Quote
Congratulations first name,

Your email address was exclusively selected.

We are pleased to let you know that you are among the few who have been selected to enter the final draw for the giveaway of Lidl voucher worth £1,000.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 09 June, 2020, 12:18:42 pm
From HSE Health & Safety 12:15 <complaint51@hse.online>
To:- info@[personal domain]
This is an official notification regarding an occurring investigation (case D3DTD) made by our team (Health & Safety Executive).

We have received a complaint against your company regarding possible violations during the period of March - April 2020.
The main reason described in the complaint is regarding the inability of your company to adapt and respect the government regulations during this period.
We will begin our investigation targeting a period of the past three months.
The complainant will remain anonymous until an eventual trial will begin.
Sanctions:
      possible sanctions may include the permanent suspension of your company's activity
      a complaint with the local prosecutor
Before we move forward we are expecting an answer from you and we will also schedule a phone call to discuss things further.
The complaint in full has been attached to this message, including the official HSE accusation.
Note: This email was sent from a notification-only email address which cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply directly to this message and wait for our call and hard copy letter.​
Health & Safety Executive
HSE Complaint Escalation
https://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/authority.htm

(Attachment was an Excell spreadsheet)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 09 June, 2020, 12:46:21 pm
I have had the 'TV license payment not going through' a couple of times recently.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rogerzilla on 09 June, 2020, 12:55:31 pm
Most of the emails in my spam folder are from the fascist, loofa-faced shitgibbon in The White House.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 09 June, 2020, 01:30:14 pm
Should I be honoured?

Quote
Hello,

I am Adams from MARYLAND, USA. it's nice to connect with you. I am a full member of the illuminati organization,I believe you have heard about this elite order.Mostly of how rich, famous, powerful and successful the order has become over the years. Joining The Illuminati will give you a life like you have never known before, filled with all the rich rewards of success and personal power.

The Illuminati is based on different knowledge and some of this knowledge are leading so many people astray thinking that illuminati is a bad organization,the Illuminati is an organization that comes together as one helping individuals who are ready and willingly to help themselves

This is an invitation / opportunity for you to be part of this elite order.
Your response would be kindly needed regarding this great opportunity.

Kind Regards,
Dixon Adams(ORIENT).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 09 June, 2020, 01:39:15 pm
Most illuminating.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rogerzilla on 09 June, 2020, 01:54:25 pm
I give it another 3 emails before they ask for a membership fee of $5000 by Western Union.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 09 June, 2020, 10:46:02 pm
Dear Sir/Madam,

This proposal might come to you as a surprise, since it is from someone you do not know or have never seen before, but based on HONEST/SINCERE, I had to contact you believing that you are a reputable person and as such you cannot run away with my own share of the money after the conclusion of the transaction.

I am Mr. Khumalo Shabalala the Director and Co-ordinator of Finance and Contract Department of the Minerals and Energy with South African Government. The crux of this letter is that the Finance / Contract Department of the DME deliberately over-inflated the contract values of various contract awarded. In the course of disbursement of the original contract value, my office was able to track down the sum of US$32 Million United States Dollars as the over invoiced sum. This money is now floating in the DME domiciliary account with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

I now want to present you as the FOREIGN CONTRACTOR that execute the JOB so that the paying bank will quickly transfer this fund to a safe nominated foreign account for possible investment abroad. I’m not allowed as a matter of government policy to operate any foreign account because of our status as civil / public servants.

Hence the needs to solicit for a partner abroad to enable us transfer this money into your foreign bank account. Upon your acceptance of this proposal, I have also agreed on a sharing ratio of;

1. 45% IS FOR YOU AS THE ACCOUNT OWNER.
2. 50% IS FOR ME.
3. 5% will be set aside to cover all incidental expenses both locally and internationally during the course of this transaction, which will be shared to both of us at the end of the transaction according to each parties input.

Furthermore, I shall be coming over to your country when the money is finally in your account and I shall be relying on your advice as regards to investment of my share. Be informed that this business is genuine and 100% risk free.

This is to affect the swift transfer of this fund into your account in less than 10 working days.

Contact me strictly via my email address kshabalalaa1@gmail.com while looking

Forward to a healthy business relationship with you.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr.  Khumalo Shabalala
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 11 June, 2020, 08:12:01 pm
Commendably brief.

Quote
Juliet Jean

Subject: Hi

Hi
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 22 June, 2020, 09:32:20 am
It's not entirely reassuring the number of texts I get purporting to be from EE claiming there was an issue with payment and can I provide my details here. (Since I'm on EE, that's either coincidence or something else.)
I had one from 3 about difficulties with my monthly payment not long ago, and I'm on 3, but PAYG, so even though the url was plausible (mythree-limited.com), it was an obvious scam.

Another one yesterday. Apparently the practice is known as smishing.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chrisbainbridge on 09 July, 2020, 10:28:53 am
just had an automated message to inform me that HMRC have got a tax warrant out for me and that I should press one otherwise I will be arrested!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 09 July, 2020, 10:31:45 am
Twice now, funds going abroad, to stop press 1 in next 15mins etc. Isn't it about time phones had unique identifiers?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jurek on 09 July, 2020, 11:22:39 am
just had an automated message to inform me that HMRC have got a tax warrant out for me and that I should press one otherwise I will be arrested!

I've had a couple of those.
I love the faux dramatic way in which the message is delivered. But, TBF, for someone of a less robust constitution, it might not be so funny.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chrisbainbridge on 09 July, 2020, 01:11:16 pm
I
I've had a couple of those.
I love the faux dramatic way in which the message is delivered. But, TBF, for someone of a less robust constitution, it might not be so funny.

I agree, as someone who does not understand money or the taxman and considers accountants somewhat akin to practitioners of black arts, I had a short surge in adrenaline flow.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: quixoticgeek on 11 July, 2020, 11:42:11 pm

With semi regularity I get a set of 4 emails, always bumf for property investment schemes. Always to the same 4 addresses.

The location and the text changes with each one, but they are pretty formulaic in their composition. They also all have an unsubscribe link in the bottom of the mail.

I've always just tagged the mails as spam and ignored them, but I'm starting to wonder if the unsubscribe link will actually work, or if it will just confirm my email address as a live one...

J
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: andrewc on 12 August, 2020, 08:36:41 pm
2 x SMS spam today , saying I'm owed a refund from the DVLA & asking me to click the link.......     :hand:


I've not owned a car for 20 years, so doubt the DVLA owe me very much.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jurek on 13 August, 2020, 02:46:34 pm
I had one on the phone the other day, telling me that my BT account had ben hacked and unless I connect to an operator by pressing 1 now, my phone line and broadband would be compromised.
I 1471'd it.
A number with a New York area code....
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 29 August, 2020, 10:55:12 am
(https://i.imgur.com/HiEIQ3q.png)
That would be my non-existent HSBC account
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 29 August, 2020, 11:12:12 am
I've always just tagged the mails as spam and ignored them, but I'm starting to wonder if the unsubscribe link will actually work, or if it will just confirm my email address as a live one...

If there's one way to almost guarantee more spam in future, it's to click on an "unsubscribe" link, thereby confirming that your email address points to a real person and increasing its value to spammers.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: PeteB99 on 08 September, 2020, 12:07:47 pm
Anyone been phoned up by 'Matthew' about the government funded loft insulation that you haven't just had installed?

Or have I just told some innocent local tradesman to FOAD?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 08 September, 2020, 12:12:20 pm
Had a spate of automated gubbinsment loft insulation spamcalls a while back but not from an Actual Person.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on 08 September, 2020, 12:18:39 pm
Multiple spamcalls from ‘BT’ about computer security settings.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 08 September, 2020, 05:08:24 pm
Anyone been phoned up by 'Matthew' about the government funded loft insulation that you haven't just had installed?

Or have I just told some innocent local tradesman to FOAD?
Several times in the last couple of months.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SoreTween on 14 September, 2020, 07:41:34 am
Automated robot call in a very stern voice (something like):
Quote
Hello, you have missed a call from BT technical department.  There is suspicious activity associated with your internet IP.  If this is not fixed your internet and telephone will be disconnected.  Press 1 to speak to our technical team to get it fixed.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Morat on 14 September, 2020, 10:44:43 pm
The spammers must have reclassified me. I'm no longer getting offers of ED pills and Eastern European Goddesses but Garden Sheds and woodworking plans.
I'm almost offended!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 22 September, 2020, 03:49:18 pm
Quote
Congratulations for your Premium account!

Quote
Plan for Premium Clients

, Congratulations for your Premium account!

We are very happy to have you on board.

As a Premium Client you've been exclusively invited in our Premium. In collaboration with our finance department, we have prepared a personal investment plan - just for you.

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 23 September, 2020, 08:24:09 pm
Phishing email spoofing Netflix asks users to ‘reset’ accounts within 72 hours (https://www.mailguard.com.au/blog/phishing-email-spoofing-netflix-asks-users-to-reset-accounts-within-72-hours#:~:text=MailGuard%20Blog-,Phishing%20email%20spoofing%20Netflix%20asks%20users,reset'%20accounts%20within%2072%20hours&text=Netflix%20users%2C%20don't%20panic,in%20a%20phishing%20email%20scam.)

I got this and I have no Netflix account.

The link looks very legit however..
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 12 October, 2020, 04:29:57 pm
Call back your total  $6133.16 from your accounting futox
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 19 October, 2020, 09:09:13 pm
I enjoyed this one...

"Compare Funeral Plan Quotes today"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 03 November, 2020, 09:44:50 am
Quite a clever phish today. There's an email in my inbox that actually has a correct mothership signature and even the name of an actual group in the business. Mindy, it seems, needs my help, urgently with the attached deal. Could I take a look?

The attached document is, of course, a double-barrelled doc HTML and her email is not that of the mothership, plus there's no phone or location detail in her signature.

But it looks superficially very bona fide. I came to close to absently clicking it as it's the sort of random request that is usually found treading water in my inbox.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 04 November, 2020, 05:21:05 pm
Explained by a cunning plot by our infosec team to trick the unwary in Mindy-clickage. I did wonder.

You may remember I failed the last test because I dropped a banana on my keyboard* and it opened the link and had to be re-educated. The banana, alas, got eaten.

*this is actually not a lie laid out for your delectation, I did and it did.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: TheLurker on 04 November, 2020, 05:49:38 pm
Quote from: ian
Explained by a cunning plot by our infosec team to trick the unwary ...
We get these too, but by virture of being a grumpy old sod with the social grace and charm of a hungover badger with toothache* I know that no-one would voluntarily send** me any sort of e-mail that isn't directly related to a very narrow, ooooh waffer thin, range of topics so they get shit-canned instantly.  Today's top security tip.  Social engineering only works on the adequately socialised so don't employ "team" players.  :)



*This is my work persona, adopted for the explicit purpose of repelling all the tedious shit that prevents real work from being done.  Outside work I can be as charming as the next axe-murderer.

**They don't much like talking to me either.  Result!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 09 November, 2020, 01:32:47 pm
We seem to be getting two or three calls a day now from 'BT Internet' about 'suspicious activity' and they 'cutting off our landline and internet.'

I'm pretty sure BT could do that without needing suspicious activity.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 09 November, 2020, 01:38:39 pm
Lots of emails concerning a non existent antivirus suite.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 11 November, 2020, 04:30:32 pm
Quote
Hello My Dear.

Please do not feel disturbed for contacting 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, I am married to Mr. Shine Zuthimalin who worked with Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2012.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$ 9.2m (Nine million two hundred thousand dollars) in a bank in Burkina Faso, Presently this money is still in bank. And 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 fond 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 Government. I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member,

I am expecting your response to private email mrsshahinazzuthimalin9@gmail.com <== Here, spambot!  NICE spambot!!1!

Regards,

Mrs. Shahinaz Zuthimalin .
written from Hospital.

If "it's not financial" then why are you offering me money?  Please supply the address of the hospital so's I can send you a dictionary.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: TheLurker on 11 November, 2020, 06:17:04 pm
Mr Larrington shall henceforth be known as "My Dear" in the Lurker household.  I can just picture him, trundling along to Mr Sainsbury's HoTC with his basket on wheels....  *chortle*
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 13 November, 2020, 11:30:01 am
Skyline Advisors (that's what they like to call themselves) 01535 029609 is the number that appeared on my phone as having called me.

"Have you been involved in a car accident in the past two years that wasn't your fault?" :hand:


I've blocked the number.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 13 November, 2020, 11:43:13 am
My phone's 'blocked number' listing has reached capacity.

My response to these particular calls is to ask "Which one ?" and then go on to explain that I've been involved in multiple collisions over the previous couple of years, and as they are calling me about a particular incident, they must have the details, so I ask for the date of the incident they are calling about. It generally wastes a bit of their time and stops them bothering others.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 13 November, 2020, 01:55:08 pm
My phone's 'blocked number' listing has reached capacity.

My response to these particular calls is to ask "Which one ?" and then go on to explain that I've been involved in multiple collisions over the previous couple of years, and as they are calling me about a particular incident, they must have the details, so I ask for the date of the incident they are calling about. It generally wastes a bit of their time and stops them bothering others.
We must have the same playbook then. :-)  They eventually hung up on me. :-D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 23 November, 2020, 11:21:27 pm
Mr Larrington shall henceforth be known as "My Dear" in the Lurker household.  I can just picture him, trundling along to Mr Sainsbury's HoTC with his basket on wheels....  *chortle*

It gets worse:

Quote from: Mrs.Jessica maaly bob
Good Day Dearest,

I am Mrs.Jessica maaly bob from Australia. It is understandable that
you may be a bit apprehensive because you do not know me; I found your
email address from a Human resources data base and decided to contact
you. I would love to employ you into my charity work; I am ready to
donate some money to you to carry on the Charity work in your country.
Please reply so that I will give you further details and tell you
about myself via email: jmaalybob77@gmail.com ["Or spambots may wish to try alhajihassankareem@aol.com instead" - The Invigilator]


Thanks and God bless you,
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 23 November, 2020, 11:31:24 pm
Do letters from Jehovah’s witnesses count? Two this weekend.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 24 November, 2020, 01:07:01 am
Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) is getting anything up to $BIGNUM phishing e-mails a day telling him that his subscription to $ANTI_VIRUS product has expired.  Fortunately these days he relies on Professor Larrington and me to read his e-mail and tell him if there’s anything important, which there rarely is.

Edit: And they all seem to contain stuff hosted by lenac-breil.ch, which is registered to one Sven Spescha of Chur, who is apparently an IT System Engineer with RTR (Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha), the drummer in Giganto & Mattiu and either an idiot or a scammer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Wowbagger on 03 December, 2020, 10:14:31 am
Quote
Tax Refund Notification
Due to on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support for businesses, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund. Please submit the tax refund request and have your tax refund sent to your bank account in due time.
Please Click "Get Started" reference below to have your tax refund credit to your bank account in due time.
Get Started
Note : For Security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Delibrate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.
Best regards,
HM Revenue & Customs

Spot the Delibrate speeeling misteak.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 03 December, 2020, 10:21:14 am
Quote
Tax Refund Notification
Due to on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support for businesses, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund. Please submit the tax refund request and have your tax refund sent to your bank account in due time.
Please Click "Get Started" reference below to have your tax refund credit to your bank account in due time.
Get Started
Note : For Security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Delibrate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.
Best regards,
HM Revenue & Customs

Spot the Delibrate speeeling misteak.

Seems legit.  Time for Margret to sign up?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: quixoticgeek on 15 December, 2020, 06:37:36 pm


Anyone else noticed a big spike in quantity of spam in the last 24 hours or so ?

J
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 15 December, 2020, 06:52:50 pm
I had a new-to-me one yesterday, a spam text with the message “Here is your Shop Pay one time code”.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 25 December, 2020, 06:06:03 pm
The "anti-virus" phishing ones are still coming thick and fast into Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.)'s inbox.  Do they really think people will see a subject line:

Quote
for-your°°safty_check_that
or
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you_are_out_our_protection from{12/25/2020},please_check_your_subscription°soon°possible°

and think "Blimey, yes, the product I have no recollection of buying must be about to expire!" rather than "Jesus, these fuckers are growing thicker by the hour!"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Lightning Phil on 25 December, 2020, 06:45:19 pm


Anyone else noticed a big spike in quantity of spam in the last 24 hours or so ?

J

I don’t get any
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Socks on 25 December, 2020, 07:02:02 pm
Haven't noticed any on our accounts.  Although I did buy a large tin of Spam in case of supply disruptions in the New Year.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 26 December, 2020, 07:37:35 am
I have no Apple products, so any spam relating to the company are easy to spot.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: The French Tandem on 26 December, 2020, 10:46:51 am
The "anti-virus" phishing ones are still coming thick and fast into Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.)'s inbox.  Do they really think people will see a subject line:

Quote
for-your°°safty_check_that
or
Quote
you_are_out_our_protection from{12/25/2020},please_check_your_subscription°soon°possible°

and think "Blimey, yes, the product I have no recollection of buying must be about to expire!" rather than "Jesus, these fuckers are growing thicker by the hour!"

I know a few people in the first category.  Not necessarily idiots, but rather elderly people who rely on GrandSon* to set up everything on their computer.

A

*: There is no intention of gender discrimination in my  comment, but until now, I have yet to see GrandDaughter tinkering with GrandMa's computer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MattH on 27 December, 2020, 11:52:33 pm
There is a train of thought that some spam is deliberately poorly phrased and spelt; that way, the only responses they get will be from those who are less on the ball, and likely easier marks for repeated scamming.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 28 December, 2020, 07:55:36 am
There is a train of thought that some spam is deliberately poorly phrased and spelt; that way, the only responses they get will be from those who are less on the ball, and likely easier marks for repeated scamming.

Subject lines are often mis-spelt so that they can bypass spam traps and inbox rules.

Another trend that appears to be on the increase, though it's been around for a while, is for Subject headers to be encoded so that a mail client can't test them.

For example: Subject: =?utf-8?B?8J2XpHVpY2tlbiDwnZefb2FucyBJcyBIZXJlIFRvIEhlbHAgSG9tZW93bmVycyBUYWtlIEFkdmFudGFnZSBPZiBOZWFyIEhpc3RvcmljIPCdl59vdyBSYXRlcw==?=


Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 31 December, 2020, 12:02:48 pm
There is a train of thought that some spam is deliberately poorly phrased and spelt; that way, the only responses they get will be from those who are less on the ball, and likely easier marks for repeated scamming.

Subject lines are often mis-spelt so that they can bypass spam traps and inbox rules.

Another trend that appears to be on the increase, though it's been around for a while, is for Subject headers to be encoded so that a mail client can't test them.

For example: Subject: =?utf-8?B?8J2XpHVpY2tlbiDwnZefb2FucyBJcyBIZXJlIFRvIEhlbHAgSG9tZW93bmVycyBUYWtlIEFkdmFudGFnZSBPZiBOZWFyIEhpc3RvcmljIPCdl59vdyBSYXRlcw==?=

Yes, been getting a sudden increase in them.  Filtering on "UTF-8" seems to fix it, since no-once who's going to e-mail me legitimately is likely to put that in the subject ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 31 December, 2020, 04:58:48 pm
Nearly all of the emails which find their way to my spam folder are in German. e.g. 10 out of the 12 which I've just deleted.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 31 December, 2020, 06:10:17 pm
No, “Frank”, putting a Hotmail address in the body of your e-mail will not help convince people your offer of a share of $15 million is kosher if the “From” address is twat at gmail dot com.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 31 December, 2020, 06:23:12 pm
There is a train of thought that some spam is deliberately poorly phrased and spelt; that way, the only responses they get will be from those who are less on the ball, and likely easier marks for repeated scamming.

Subject lines are often mis-spelt so that they can bypass spam traps and inbox rules.

Another trend that appears to be on the increase, though it's been around for a while, is for Subject headers to be encoded so that a mail client can't test them.

For example: Subject: =?utf-8?B?8J2XpHVpY2tlbiDwnZefb2FucyBJcyBIZXJlIFRvIEhlbHAgSG9tZW93bmVycyBUYWtlIEFkdmFudGFnZSBPZiBOZWFyIEhpc3RvcmljIPCdl59vdyBSYXRlcw==?=

Yes, been getting a sudden increase in them.  Filtering on "UTF-8" seems to fix it, since no-once who's going to e-mail me legitimately is likely to put that in the subject ;D

I'm envious.  Sadly my email client decodes the header before it lets the rules run, so the "UTF-8" has gone by then.  :(
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on 11 January, 2021, 05:51:06 pm
Funeral~Plan~Today.

Fuck off.

Any other Gmail users noticing a large increase in the amount of spam - albeit already filtered into Junk?

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 11 January, 2021, 06:01:03 pm

Any other Gmail users noticing a large increase in the amount of spam - albeit already filtered into Junk?
Mine is running around a dozen a day. No increase noted.
I do wish I'd taken up all those bitcoin offers - I'd be so much richer stupider
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Duckfoot1606 on 11 January, 2021, 07:42:00 pm
Not a gmail user, but I’m getting at least 1 a day from gmail accounts into my work email

A
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 20 January, 2021, 03:45:14 pm
Abellio East Anglia Limited, please to be fucking off with your e-mails.  You send them to me.  You address me by my actual name.  You invite me to update my account that I might stop receiving them.  Then you tell me you have NO RECORD OF AN ACCOUNT USING MY E_MAIL ADDRESS ???

Get tae fuck.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 22 January, 2021, 08:33:12 pm
Dear valuable Customer,

Please be aware,  the package with your full name on it, is currently positioned at our stockroom around you.

In order to pick up your shipment personally or even to reschedule the shipment to your location, make sure you download and print out the waybill given in the web link down below along with the guidelines about this delivery:
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SoreTween on 01 February, 2021, 10:12:42 am
Quote
This is an automated call from Amazon. We are suspicious about order <string of letters & numbers> placed using your card as it is for a large sum: <something North of a grand>.
Please press 1 to speak to an operator. mark yourself out as gullible.
Ple..
Click
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: orienteer on 01 February, 2021, 03:20:08 pm
Had one of those today. Just put the phone down, but did check my (very rarely used) Amazon account to make sure there were no orders on it.

Many years ago someone did buy a TV on my account. I couldn't find any way of contacting Amazon to tell them it was a fraud. Anyway my credit card supplier refunded the money. I am sure it was an inside job within Amazon. These days I never leave my card number on websites.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 04 February, 2021, 05:50:19 pm
Quote
alarming message , you're out our service of protection (renew recommended)

O RLY?

Quote
D'ont leave your devices unprotected you are perfect target to cybercriminals

English, ["Samuel L Jackson's preferred pejorative" - Ed.]! Do? You? Speak? It?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 05 February, 2021, 12:43:31 pm
Just had a spam call from 07213 829900. Automated voice from my "internet service provider"
stating that there had been some illegal activity on my account and it will be switched off in 24
hours......... I hung up before the anything else was said.


Normally these things are voice-activated, eg; if you say hello, the automated voice kicks in. If you
don't say anything, after a few seconds you normally hear 'the other person has cleared' message.


I subscribed to the TPS service years ago. ::-)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 05 February, 2021, 12:50:29 pm
Not sure TPS covers mobiles.  We use an active call blocker - the BT Call Guardian (built into the phone). Don't get spam calls as a result. Not blocked anything important in the last 5 years.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 05 February, 2021, 02:38:01 pm
I had a good one with a real person the other day.
"I understand you are the house owner"
"How the hell do you know that, all I said was 'hello'"
<click>
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 05 February, 2021, 02:51:22 pm
Just had a spam call from 07213 829900. Automated voice from my "internet service provider"
stating that there had been some illegal activity on my account and it will be switched off in 24
hours......... I hung up before the anything else was said.


Normally these things are voice-activated, eg; if you say hello, the automated voice kicks in. If you
don't say anything, after a few seconds you normally hear 'the other person has cleared' message.


I subscribed to the TPS service years ago. ::-)
The call was to my landline. I dialled 1471 just to check.


(I thought about ringing the number, shouting some obsenitives and then blocking it. However,
don't want to bring attention to myself).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Duckfoot1606 on 15 February, 2021, 10:01:39 am
This

Microsoft account
Security alert
We think that someone else might have accessed the Microsoft account *******@yahoo.co.uk. When this happens, we require you to verify your identity with a security challenge and then change your password the next time you sign in.
If someone else has access to your account, they have your password and might be trying to access your personal information or send junk email.
If you haven't already recovered your account, we can help you do it now.
Recover account

Very slick, with Microsoft colour schemes &logo in the original email

A
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 15 February, 2021, 02:15:00 pm
Not sure TPS covers mobiles.  We use an active call blocker - the BT Call Guardian (built into the phone). Don't get spam calls as a result. Not blocked anything important in the last 5 years.
We use the service which BT built theirs on (AFAIR) Trucall - which is a box that sits between the socket and the phone, with a Web portal to see who called.
Our spam calls dropped off dramatically once we started screening calls, and now the landline gets maybe one a month.
Mobile spam is a whole different problem, for which only megatons of deth is the answer.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 17 February, 2021, 02:14:32 pm
Dear Scammers

I'd take your laughable “warning” about ceasing to process e-mail with attachments a bit more seriously* if you learned how to spell.  Unless “Email Amin” is Idi's younger brother.

kthxbai

* but still not seriously enough to be fooled by it
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 17 February, 2021, 05:43:08 pm
I had a good Faceache one yesterday. I young lady wishing to make my acquaintance. Would have been a little more believable if 'she' wasn't called Kenneth.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 17 February, 2021, 06:30:48 pm
Has anyone in the course of human history ever been taken in by the "send me bitcoin or I'll send the video to all your contacts" scam ?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 18 February, 2021, 12:03:16 pm
As much as I warn her about it, Mrs M will sign up for free ebook mailings. Guess what?
Yes, she's now getting a mountain of spam originating from one of her 'special offers'  :facepalm:
Her address appears to have been passed from mailing list to mailing list, so they are currently multiplying.
These are bypassing the GMail spam filters despite being in a very typical format with predictable wording. GMail has a lot of filtering options, so I've set up multiple filters that seem to be catching most of them - with these, and the 'Report Spam' (not & unsubscribe) hopefully we'll quell the deluge.
Maybe, just maybe, she's learned her lesson from my grumpy face.  ???
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 21 February, 2021, 01:23:12 pm
Via Zwift I was asked to complete a survey, a very simple one!

Having completed the very simple survey I was told I might win a prize, an iPhone 11, and was given an array of nine gift-wrapped boxes to open and three goes to pick the right one. Of course I picked the right one and was then asked to pay a token £1 to be sent my gift, paying with a Visa card.

The https website had a little padlock and claimed to be properly encrypted with shield and ticky things.  It was called mynewphone247.com.

Sadly I could not bring myself to part with my £1 so in all likelihood have lost the chance to win a new iPhone :'(   Such suspicious times!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonycollinet on 22 February, 2021, 08:35:52 am
Has anyone in the course of human history ever been taken in by the "send me bitcoin or I'll send the video to all your contacts" scam ?

Had someone on an apple forum yesterday who I had to tell quite forcefully "they don't have a video - don't click - don't pay"

The problem with that one is for anyone who sees even a hint of risk that they really have been filmed doing whatever it is they've been doing, the consequences are horrible. A particularly vicious scam.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: tonycollinet on 22 February, 2021, 08:38:04 am
As much as I warn her about it, Mrs M will sign up for free ebook mailings. Guess what?
Yes, she's now getting a mountain of spam originating from one of her 'special offers'  :facepalm:
Her address appears to have been passed from mailing list to mailing list, so they are currently multiplying.
These are bypassing the GMail spam filters despite being in a very typical format with predictable wording. GMail has a lot of filtering options, so I've set up multiple filters that seem to be catching most of them - with these, and the 'Report Spam' (not & unsubscribe) hopefully we'll quell the deluge.
Maybe, just maybe, she's learned her lesson from my grumpy face.  ???

Set her up with a burner email address for such things. Something like attractSpamHere@gmail.com
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 22 February, 2021, 07:11:54 pm
Two in two days to my wife’s phone, voicemails threatening arrest for tax irregularities one day, NI the next.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Tim Hall on 22 February, 2021, 07:44:51 pm
Phone rang the other day. Automated voice telling me it was UK Power Networks informing me of an "unplanned powercut" coming up and to press 1 for more details. Aye right, do you think I'm stupid? Ignore it and hang up.

 15 minutes later,out go the lights.

Ah.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Basil on 22 February, 2021, 08:01:29 pm
Call on my mobile today. 3 seconds of silence which is the usual give away, but I don't hang up immediately these days.  Anyone else with a 96 year old mother will understand this.
"This is a call from Her Majesty (sic) Revenue and Customs......."

Click.

I used to play with them, but I just can't be bottomed these days.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jurek on 22 February, 2021, 08:28:48 pm
Phone rang the other day. Automated voice telling me it was UK Power Networks informing me of an "unplanned powercut" coming up and to press 1 for more details. Aye right, do you think I'm stupid? Ignore it and hang up.

 15 minutes later,out go the lights.

Ah.
Choice.
I'm not really laughing.
Honest.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: lou boutin on 22 February, 2021, 08:42:56 pm
Whilst on Facebook today, I came across a Robbie Williams live stream.  Apparently, he was giving £5000 to the first 100 people who correctly gave the number in a circle. I typed in the number and was told that I was a winner and invited to join a site and enter my credit card details so that they could forward my winnings. Click delete!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 23 February, 2021, 04:24:05 pm
From:
MEG <richardkempton@momentumenergygroup.org>
Subject:
Re: Hello
Quote
Hello

We still havent received a response from you as to our last conversation.

Kindly revert back to me so we can proceed.

Kind regards

Mr Richard Kempton
Executive Vice President
Momentum Energy Group

Dear Mr Kempton

As I was never Mr Richard Kempton in the first place it's difficult to know how to proceed in reverting back to you.  Any advice on how to proceed will be most welcome*.

Your in sport

The BEAR

pp. Mr Larrington

* Lie
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: drossall on 23 February, 2021, 05:41:30 pm
Revert back to what? To a frog? Or do they mean reply?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 01 March, 2021, 09:03:38 am
"Royal Mail: Your parcel is awaiting delivery. Please pay the £1.99 settlement to avoid your parcel being returned to sender: https://pay-royalmail.com"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 01 March, 2021, 09:22:35 am
Dear large vendor of computer information, how about, if you discover an issue with someone's password, you don't tell them about this by sending them an email with a link to click to fix it?

(It's genuine, but really, you can't expect people not to click these links except when you want them to.)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 01 March, 2021, 11:33:41 am
Just had a spam call from 07213 829900. Automated voice from my "internet service provider"
stating that there had been some illegal activity on my account and it will be switched off in 24
hours......... I hung up before the anything else was said.


Normally these things are voice-activated, eg; if you say hello, the automated voice kicks in. If you
don't say anything, after a few seconds you normally hear 'the other person has cleared' message.


I subscribed to the TPS service years ago. ::-)

Last Thursday had two within 15 minutes on the landline.  This means we've now received four calls on the landline, the other two were from the NHS, one of them few days earlier, both for Mrs A.  Mrs A also had two dodgy calls on her mobile shortly after her vaccination, the only such she has ever had. 
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 17 March, 2021, 02:03:37 pm
Well this is a new one on me:

Quote
Dear [my e-mail address]
 
This is to inform you that you have been selected among the lucky winners of the U.S. green card; in the Diversity Immigrant Visa (Lottery) Program for the fiscal year 2021. Winners were selected randomly via (computer) draw system of email extractions. The green card gives you the right to live permanently in the United States.
 
Please read and follow all the enclosed instruction carefully.
To receive the green card, you will have to apply and obtain U.S. immigrant visa which is for permanent resident in the United States. You will have to travel to the United States with the issued visa to receive the green card.
 
Immigrant visa application process:
Please complete and submit form DS-230 which will be used to file your immigrant visa petition at the National Visa Center (NVC); to process your petition and schedule the immigrant visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy nearest to you for your visa issuance. If you wish to immigrate to the United States with your family member(s); please complete form DS230 for each person. Submit the form with the (2) requirements; passport and photo on or before March 22, 2021. Click to Download PDF - Form DS-230 and the requirements here
 
If this email is delivered in your spam folder, move it to your inbox folder to enable the above link clickable to download the application form.
 
Print out this letter and take it with you to your visa interview
 
Regards,
Bureau of Consular Affairs,
United States Department of State

Yes mate ::-)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 23 March, 2021, 07:20:52 pm
This chap engages with scammers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0peLpovDB8

Here he has made a fake version of Windows and it is confusing the scammer. The Start Menu is great!

(It reminds me of when I told a Scammer that I had Windows 3.1 on my machine. "Do You know Bill Gates??!! That's not out yet!!!")
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Hot Flatus on 23 March, 2021, 07:38:48 pm
Whats Updog?   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: grams on 26 March, 2021, 10:56:17 am
Greetings! Hope you are doing well today.

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Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 26 March, 2021, 10:59:14 am
Write back saying No you wouldn’t?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: grams on 26 March, 2021, 07:20:44 pm
But that's just contradiction. I paid for an argument.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 26 March, 2021, 08:46:21 pm
No it isn’t.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chris on 28 March, 2021, 08:56:46 pm
Had a couple of calls recently “This is your local police force. We have a warrant for your arrest. To speak to the investigating officer, press 1”.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MattH on 01 April, 2021, 09:58:32 am
Greetings, from The illuminati world elite empire. Bringing the poor, the needy and the talented to limelight of fame, riches, powers and security, get recognized in your business, political race, rise to the top in whatever you do, be protected spiritually and physically! All these you will achieve in a twinkle of an eye when you get initiated to the great Illuminati empire. Once you are initiated to the illuminati empire you will get numerous benefits and reward.
Note: that this email message was created solely for the purpose of our recruitment scheme which will end next month and this offer is for unique ones only, if you are not serious on joining the illuminati empire, then you are advise not to contact us at all. This is because disloyalty is highly not tolerated here in our organization.
Do you agree to be a member of the illuminati new world order? If YES!. Then kindly reply us back on our direct recruitment email only at: Illuminatiinvitation@outlook.com
Please note, Kindly make sure all your response are send directly to the email stated above only at:> Illuminatiinvitation@outlook.com
For more instructions on our membership process.
Note: Some email providers incorrectly place official Illuminati messages in their spam / junk folder or promotion folder. This can divert and exclude our responses to your emails.
The Illuminati.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hellymedic on 12 April, 2021, 08:47:13 pm
Subject line Save_Your_Prostate

I think not...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 15 April, 2021, 03:14:24 pm
Dear  [name]@[domain].uk   

Due to a IMAP and POP settings error on your e-mail, incoming messages for  [name]@[domain].uk  were delayed.

Log on to  your personal IONOS web portal to recover your delayed messages.                             

CLICK HERE TO RELEASE MESSAGES[https://frarimpex-fr.com/ionos/[long identification code]/?email= [name]@[domain].uk ]

Note: Quarantined emails will be automatically deleted after 2 days.
   Ionos   Email Support Privacy Policy.

Copyright 2021 Ionos Support
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: chrisbainbridge on 15 April, 2021, 04:43:56 pm
Dear  [name]@[domain].uk   

Due to a IMAP and POP settings error on your e-mail, incoming messages for  [name]@[domain].uk  were delayed.

Log on to  your personal IONOS web portal to recover your delayed messages.                             

CLICK HERE TO RELEASE MESSAGES[https://frarimpex-fr.com/ionos/[long identification code]/?email= [name]@[domain].uk ]

Note: Quarantined emails will be automatically deleted after 2 days.
   Ionos   Email Support Privacy Policy.

Copyright 2021 Ionos Support

I saw that and was a bit worried initially.  Then I realised I was still in my Junk folder looking for an email I wanted!!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: slope on 22 April, 2021, 06:07:45 pm
Had one of the Microsoft Technical Dept phone calls today from "Michael" who sounded like he was in a very busy office, some continents away, with a bad connection.

The usual phone call - we have noticed your computer is compromised with all sorts of malware etc. blah blah

Decided to play along for a while.

Once he realised I didn't have a Windows OS, he guessed correctly i had a Mac. He suggested I open the Mac app CONSOLE. I did - and he asked what was on the screen. I accurately described the window I was seeing. He was confused - he didn't seem to believe me, he got a bit shouty. Then a "security manager" took over the call.

Any road it went for 15 minutes or so, during which time my refusal to go any further incensed their frustration and he got a bit fractious. I was told my correct name, home address and telephone number belonged to a child pornography ring and they were going to block my computer? Unless I took it to Reading - if I refused to help them "help" me during our chat.

The line went dead. But what bothers me is being correctly identified by name, address and telephone number.

 >:(
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 23 April, 2021, 09:04:11 am
Hello..
Can you come by my House ?
i will give you my address.?

Reply me : redactedxxx@gmail.com

icon    cute girl for you

====

Sent to 40 addresses, all in the To: field.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 23 April, 2021, 02:58:05 pm
From 0121 428 0116. This number doesn't take incoming calls.

Voice-activated software waits for me to say 'Hello'. After a brief wait (and noise in the background) Jane, from Virgin Media, (in a very strong south asian accent) hesitantly asked me how I was. I told her that I was still suffering from concussion. There was a silence; as I don't think she was expecting that from her script. Another few seconds and then the automated message: "The other person has cleared".
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 24 April, 2021, 07:31:22 am


Flubot: Warning over major Android 'package delivery' scam (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56859091.amp)

Very easy to fall for this one. Before I read it I’d clicked on a tracking link from Royal Mail :o

Luckily it was about delivering my new router..
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 06 May, 2021, 09:38:01 am
Non recognized call on my Samsung mobile yesterday was flagged up as 'Fraud' by some Samsung wizardry. Placed in the block this number pot.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: pcolbeck on 06 May, 2021, 02:03:58 pm
Phishing email saying I was owed several hundred thousand dollars and if I would just send my bank details ... So far so predictable but this one was in German.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: archy on 18 May, 2021, 07:52:36 am
A lengthy email from barcplus(?) explaining how the forum had rules that had been transgressed, not necessarily by me (my username is Jack, apparently) and giving various links where I could find out more, take action or whatever.

Barcplus seems to be a forum for Barclays customers but I am not a member.

I consigned it to the spam folder without clicking links.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 30 May, 2021, 06:24:36 pm
OK, hands up who wants to help rule the world?

Quote
From:["Redacted" - Ed.]
Subject:From The Illuminati world elite empire

Greetings, from The Illuminati world elite empire. Bringing the poor, the needy, and the talented to the limelight of fame, riches, powers, and security, get recognized in your business, political race, rise to the top in whatever you do, be protected spiritually and physically! All these you will achieve in a twinkle of an eye when you get initiated to the great Illuminati empire. Once you are initiated into the Illuminati empire you will get numerous benefits and rewards.
Note: that this email message was created solely for this purpose of our recruitment scheme which will end next month and this offer is for unique ones only if you are not serious about joining the Illuminati empire, then you are advised not to contact us at all. This is because disloyalty is highly not tolerated here in our organization. I was sent by the freemason high chief to bring 52 members into the illuminati, I have gotten 32,so we are looking for 20,,so try and be among the twenty people to be rich and famous.
Do you agree to be a member of the Illuminati new world order? If YES!. Then kindly reply to us back on our direct recruitment email only at: pabilluminati20@gmail.com

Email: pabilluminati20@gmail.com Or Send whatsapp to +1 618 261 3500

Note: you are only to reply via: pabilluminati20@gmail.com <== Here, little spambot!

Be a shame if they were swamped by unilluminated proles...
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on 05 June, 2021, 12:18:42 pm
Contact support - insurance company - via their online secure messaging. Spam immediately switches from stuff about bitcoin to 10 different requests for me to respond to replies that apparently await my urgent attention in various implausible places. How does that work?

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 16 June, 2021, 01:39:57 pm
This one appears to be from Currys PC World... (email address Currys PC World <info@myundercut.com> )

"ΑT&T Rewards

Dear %firstname%

Good news!
You have 119,550 points left in your E-Wallet
However, we are reminding you that your ΑT&T points are resetting in two days.


Use them before expiration here:

Use Points


High five,

Customer Service"
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: rafletcher on 18 June, 2021, 07:50:16 pm
Two calls today, from 076xx numbers. Meant to look like mobile numbers so you call back - at £1.50/min as they actually are from a premium line scam company. 
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 18 June, 2021, 10:02:17 pm
Really odd one today. My sister sent me a copy of a file sent from a relative of my grandmother identifed via a geneological site. The attached file allegedly containing info relating to family history was in VBa format together with a password which could not be read via the usual means. The ISP mentioned in the email address was an Iranian oil company registered in Tehran and does not match that of previous email correspondence. My AV software logged it as a trojan dropper. So I guess the relative's PC email data set has been hacked.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 19 June, 2021, 09:54:05 am
One from TV Licensing. apparently my Direct Debit has been cancelled!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on 08 July, 2021, 10:33:46 am
One by text, apparently "my package has a £2.99 unpaid shipping fee" which I can pay "NOW" at "royal.mail".
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 08 July, 2021, 12:36:35 pm
I've just deleted one from EE. No mention of my name, or account reference number. Their email address was (pathetic and) a dead giveaway ::-) .
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: PeteB99 on 11 July, 2021, 10:14:10 am
Robo voice telling me my internet connection is about to be suspended due to 'Illegal activity'.

I guess it must have been that dodgy cycling forum
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: nuttycyclist on 13 July, 2021, 08:19:58 am
Robo voice telling me my internet connection is about to be suspended due to 'Illegal activity'.

I guess it must have been that dodgy cycling forum

I got that too today.  I'm so worried about it that I put the phone down  ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Duckfoot1606 on 13 July, 2021, 08:22:53 am
Had one to my works email which somehow avoided the spam filters.

Poor sod, apparently his life is in danger

Ag, shame
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 13 July, 2021, 12:32:34 pm
Ive had a rash of mobile calls (none answered) from numbers similar to mine
If my number is 07123456789 I'm getting them from 07123457890 & 07123455678 etc
I assume it's a new tactic, but it's not working with me
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 13 July, 2021, 12:37:11 pm
It is a relatively recent tactic. The ones I have had recently have been "This is a call for the National Insurance Number"  ;D

I just switch to keypad and give them a load of numbers (but not 1 or 0 or #)
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: grams on 13 July, 2021, 01:49:58 pm
So many identically worded texts about voicemail or parcels with a not-even-trying-to-fake-it weblink. Trivial for the providers to filter.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 13 July, 2021, 08:00:29 pm

Ive had a rash of mobile calls (none answered) from numbers similar to mine
If my number is 07123456789 I'm getting them from 07123457890 & 07123455678 etc
I assume it's a new tactic, but it's not working with me
Yes, I've had that too. I no longer answer my landline now, as the calls are invariably scam ones.
I can put up with speaking to a human scam voice, but not being interrupted by the automated ones. >:(
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 13 July, 2021, 08:18:43 pm
Openreach phoned me today. About my internet speed.
Very surprised to hear from them, particularly in the light of this thread (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=119763.0).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 13 July, 2021, 10:12:46 pm
Click here for free Lidl vouchers (on two occasions), and a reward voucher form some no-name company (never heard of them before). Oh, and one from EE, about illegal activity on my account (guess what? I'm not with them).
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: SteveC on 20 July, 2021, 08:18:54 pm
I have been getting messages like this fairly regularly of late:

Quote
Hi Steve,
We haven't communicated before. I'm looking for your help with this if possible. I could really do with reaching your head of accounts receivable.  They can contact me directly regarding this if they think they need to.

Please be aware that customers who are not paying their bills within a timescale beyond what is deemed 'late' could be sent to us for prompt collection, bringing much-needed cash back into your business. We have a highly trained team who have experience in collecting debts and use varying strategies based on each of our client's specific situations.

We take care of the debts, while still being representative of your brand and what that stands for at XXX1.

If you would like to explore our services and how we might be able to assist you please get in contact with me directly by using my contact details below. You can expect the utmost confidentiality.
Kind regards,

[1] The real name of the company where I work. Thing is, it's a FTSE 100 company. I'm working in a very, very small office (comparatively) of a small section of one of the three groups which make up the company. Also, I have nothing whatsoever to do with the financial side of the company and never have. I assume the data is being scraped from LinkedIn
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Salvatore on 21 July, 2021, 01:12:57 pm
I've just checked my spam folder, and of all the dross, one caught my eye:

Subject: Fwd: Note ffrom Fred Spiksley
From: Fred Spiksley <e24089088@ncku.edu.tw>

The body of the email is mostly a dodgy link which I am invited to follow.

Ffrom Fred Spiksley, you say?  Fred Spiksley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Spiksley) was an international footballer, football coach, adulterer, gambler, POW escapee and actor who came from the same small Lincolnshire town where I was born and brought up. But if anyone though his name could tempt me to follow the link, I know enough about his life that he died at Goodwood Racecourse in 1948 (clutching a winning ticket).

So for all his undoubted talents I doubt that he has managed to email me from beyond the grave. And whoever sent it couldn't spell 'ffrom', but the got 'Spiksley' right.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: fboab on 31 July, 2021, 08:41:20 am
Quote
 
I'm Dr. Torgny Lebenberg contacting you in regards to a claim connecting you to my late client. Please get back to me for further details.
 
Awaiting your swift response.
 
Dr. Torgny lebenberg
Lebenberg Advokatbyrå Ab.
Attorney at Law; LL.M.; Partner
Address: Grev Turegatan 44, 114 38
Stockholm, Sweden.

I'm fairly sure Swedish Lawyers aren't attorneys at law.
I can't remember the last time one of these got through the filters, it was quite a novel experience.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Diver300 on 31 July, 2021, 11:49:24 am
Today's Spam folder included a new information email from my ISP about the new spam filter.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 01 August, 2021, 12:21:26 pm
Here's a new one!
email from someone who has "done some work on a neighbour's roof and has accidentally damaged some of my tiles. When would it be convenient to come round to fix them?"
1) I'm not aware of any neighbours having had roofing work done.
2) I don't think any of my neighbours know my email address
I'm guessing this is a 'we'll go on your roof, mess about for a bit' and ".... oh dear! Did you know about this major problem? No worries we can fix it for ££££"
I've replied "Which neighbour? I'll go through their insurance"
I await a reply.........
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: DaveReading on 01 August, 2021, 02:55:57 pm
Here's a new one!
email from someone who has "done some work on a neighbour's roof and has accidentally damaged some of my tiles. When would it be convenient to come round to fix them?"
1) I'm not aware of any neighbours having had roofing work done.
2) I don't think any of my neighbours know my email address
I'm guessing this is a 'we'll go on your roof, mess about for a bit' and ".... oh dear! Did you know about this major problem? No worries we can fix it for ££££"
I've replied "Which neighbour? I'll go through their insurance"
I await a reply.........

I'd have been tempted to call their bluff and invite them round, then wait for the reply asking "remind me what your address is, please".
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Canardly on 01 August, 2021, 03:14:41 pm
Dodgy supermarket vouchers.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 05 August, 2021, 02:22:44 pm
Text on my mobile phone from DPD, saying that no one was in to sign for a parcel, and requested
that I click on the link address to arrange for re-delivery.


Forwarded to text to 7726.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MattH on 06 August, 2021, 08:41:34 pm
New one on me.
A blank card, that not only lets you draw out 5000 a day in local currency, but also disables CCTV!


Quote
You can hack and break into a bank's security ATM Machine without carrying guns or any weapon. How is this possible? First of all we have to learn about the manual hacking of ATM MACHINES and BANKING ACCOUNTS HOW THE ATM MACHINE WORKS. If you have been to the bank you find out that the money in the ATM MACHINE is being filled right inside the house where the machine is built with enough security .To hack this machine We have develop the special blank ATM Card which you can use in any ATM Machine around the world. this card is been programmed and can withdraw 5,000 within 24 hours in any currency your country make use of there is no ATM MACHINES this BLANK ATM Card CANNOT penetrate into it because it have been programmed with various tools and software before it will be send to you.

The ATM Card will make the security camera malfunction at that particular time until you are done with the transaction you can never be trace. it also has a technique that makes it impossible for the CCTVs to detect you. Getting the card you will forward the company your address details so we can proceed to send the card to you once you agree to the terms and conditions. you can contact us on email now at: <redacted>
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Bledlow on 07 August, 2021, 11:15:49 am
If I could do that I wouldn't waste my time flogging bits of plastic to random strangers. I'd flog the technology to some legal, legitimate organisation for enough to keep me in the style to which I would like to become accustomed (perhaps by licencing it), & spend the rest of my life doing enjoyable things.

These scammers think so small!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: grams on 10 August, 2021, 04:46:07 pm
So many identically worded texts about voicemail or parcels with a not-even-trying-to-fake-it weblink. Trivial for the providers to filter.

Be careful what you wish for. Today I have a text about a “messed eall”.

I have a hovercraft full of them mate.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: nuttycyclist on 10 August, 2021, 04:50:30 pm
So many identically worded texts about voicemail or parcels with a not-even-trying-to-fake-it weblink. Trivial for the providers to filter.

Be careful what you wish for. Today I have a text about a “messed eall”.

I have a hovercraft full of them mate.

Truly terrible jokes thread is over there --->


Oh gawd, I needed that belly laugh.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: nuttycyclist on 13 September, 2021, 06:09:45 pm
Today's is a new one.

From:   NHS National Health Service Coronavirus (COVID-19) <info@arrangebook.co.jp>        (as if that's going to be an NHS email address)

Quote
E-mail NotificationCoronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - N H S
Dear Nutty's email ,

The COVID-19 travel certificate has been created in a bid to restore the freedom of travel,
which has been put at a halt for over a year now, since the pandemic erupted all over the block.

Through the certificate, the Commission intends to remove travel restrictions as entry bans, quarantine obligation, and testing.
Those holding such a document will be able to travel throughout Europe without the need to quarantine or test for COVID-19

The Passport will be issued to all those who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, with one of the four vaccines approved by the National Medicine Agency, which are:
AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
The certificate will prove that its holder has been vaccinated while also containing additional information on the vaccine, as when the doses were administered, who is the manufacturer, etc.
Who can use this service
You can only use this service if you have received an email/SMS regarding this invitation. You can not use this service for anyone other than yourself.
You are also free to reject this invitation, your appointment will be issued to the next person in line in that case.

Please confirm or reject your invitation by selecting an option below.
>> ACCEPT Invitation ↣

>> Decline Invitation ↣
 
You are required to reply to this invitation within 12 hours of this notification.
This is an OFFICIAL invitation sent to Nutty's email  2021 N H S Crown Copyright


So much time and effort spent in crafting a convincing email, and then sending when the news hits that covid passports will not be required  :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

The links behind accept/Decline are the same, are not UK, and are not the same domain as the sender.    I'm so glad I use plain text email and don't have a fondleslab that doesn't show the ALT text behind links.

Don't get caught folks.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: graculus on 13 September, 2021, 07:30:17 pm
Spelling of 'bloc' would have raised my suspicions if nothing else.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Ian H on 13 September, 2021, 08:56:31 pm
Greetings, from The illuminati world elite empire...

And this one (weird paragraphs as original):-
Quote

PLEASE READ FOR YOUR SAFETY AND BENEFIT CAUSE BELOW WAS HOW I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE ILLUMINATI ORGANIZATION.

Hello, i am Paul Roger,

 a true believer/member of the Nwo.

Below is my testimony on how i got help from the Illuminati group,

12 years ago i started poultry/an animal farm business, the business was not going well as

expected or planned and i was not having

enough money to invest on it,life became sour because the hardship was just too much to bear well i had no choice than to seek financial assistance through loans and from old friends which was not productive at all because i was not given the assistance i really needed. On one faithful day a friend i had lost his contacts from our youth days who happen to live in Ipswich UK invited me to join him for a conference in Ipswich,he was so kind to pay for all travelling expenses including hotel bills,its a bit of a long story but after the conference i was able to know a thing or two about the Illuminati organization, he then linked me up with a man from the brotherhood in the state who was a recruiter named John Ashworth through his email

and i was asked to provide a list of some items after enlightenment that will be used for the initiation such as sacrifice to the illuminati (baphomet), a week later after my initiation i was given a membership certificate including some other gifts I can't disclose and a sum of money

to invest on my business and as time goes on things changed for me like i've never

experienced before, believe it or not the Illuminati is real and the way forward out of financial mess,being barren,bondage,marital battles and spiritual battles. I am grateful and i owe the illuminati organization positively for making me who i am today so I'm sharing this because as a man i know how hard life can be and the pains and damages it can put a family through,poverty or being broke is never a good thing experience and not what any one should go through.

PLEASE NOTE: Any legit recruiter of the brotherhood is not allowed or does not take fees for joining unless sponsoring your items,no donations and no hidden charges, initiation is free to whom ever is accepted or concerned.

If you so much wish to be enlightened or rather to follow the light of greatness or to be

part of this organization as my family and so many others have done then trust no other than to email this address theilluminati_recruit@*******.com

his name is John Ashworth.

Contact: theilluminati_recruit@*******.com

Regards,

Paul Roger.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: hatler on 15 September, 2021, 09:55:56 am
We just had a mail delivered into our support ticketing system with the subject "Buiness Cad Pinting". Surely that's not spam ?
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MattH on 21 September, 2021, 07:21:05 am
A generic "congratulations beneficiary, contact us for payment" email. The amusing part though was the authentic sounding westernised name. No Barrister John Smith here. This one came from Mr Troll Max  ;D
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: De Sisti on 21 September, 2021, 05:29:02 pm
Today's spam : (forwarded to report@phishing.co.uk). Spammers were purporting to be McAfee.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51499260662_d708eefa23_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 21 September, 2021, 06:07:15 pm
Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) has been getting anti-virus spam from people purporting to be Avast, McAfee, Norton et al for months.  Since his laptop hasn’t even been switched on for about two years…

Had a bunch today apparently from BRITISH Gas, exhorting me to open a file in Dropbox.  Having! A! Yahoo! Return! Address! was a bit of a giveaway that said communications were not from BRITISH Gas at all.  Also, I'm not not a customer of theirs anyway.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: HectoJ on 22 September, 2021, 10:23:05 pm
Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) has been getting anti-virus spam from people purporting to be Avast, McAfee, Norton et al for months.  Since his laptop hasn’t even been switched on for about two years…

Had a bunch today apparently from BRITISH Gas, exhorting me to open a file in Dropbox.  Having! A! Yahoo! Return! Address! was a bit of a giveaway that said communications were not from BRITISH Gas at all.  Also, I'm not not a customer of theirs anyway.

I have a "burner" email account that I use for websites where I may order something once, or for other BS reasons. This account receives this sort of emails all of the time (for services such as PayPal which I have never used).

For any important communication, I use another email account that is my "real" account (friends and family only).

Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Peter on 22 September, 2021, 10:35:28 pm
You are not HectoJ and I demand 5 Nigerian pounds.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: JennyB on 23 September, 2021, 08:45:12 am
GMail's been pretty good at blocking spam. Too good in fact. I edit a local on-line Arts magazine (http://corncrakemagazine.com) and am currently putting together an anthology. I'd just about sorted a running order when I checked the spam folder. Nine more unread submissions.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 24 September, 2021, 12:07:25 pm
In the GMail Spam box today :
(passwod redacted - because it IS an old password of mine!)
"I know xxxxxxx is one of your password on day of hack..
Lets get directly to the point.
Not one person has paid me to check about you.
You do not know me and you're probably thinking why you are getting this email?
in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean).
When you were viewing videos, your browser started out operating as a RDP having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display and web cam.
immediately after that, my malware obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email account.
after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your cam, and its you.
Best solution would be to pay me $2618.
We are going to refer to it as a donation. in this situation, i most certainly will without delay remove your video
."

Of course I'm going to pay some random person some random amount who accuses me of watching pron!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 24 September, 2021, 12:11:17 pm
Sir,

Since the Babbage-Engine I use for viewing pr0n is not actually equipped with a camera, I put it to you that you are full of shit.

Sincerely yours

MikeFromLFE
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: ian on 24 September, 2021, 12:43:27 pm
Sir,

Since the Babbage-Engine I use for viewing pr0n is not actually equipped with a camera, I put it to you that you are full of shit.

Sincerely yours

MikeFromLFE

I just redirect them to my OnlyFans page.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 27 September, 2021, 02:48:30 pm
“Erika” from “Light On Technology Inc.” of Shenzhen has sent me an invite to a Cannabis Expo in Las Vegas next month :thumbsup:  I can see that going down well with US Immigration when they ask about the purpose of my visit.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Mr Larrington on 07 October, 2021, 12:49:44 pm
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Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Polar Bear on 07 October, 2021, 07:48:50 pm
There has been some unusual activity on my Santander account.

It would be very unusual because I don't have one!
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: Jaded on 07 October, 2021, 11:16:56 pm
I've had two Herpes missed deliveries.

Which is interesting, because Herpes actually managed to deliver a parcel yesterday.

So, this evening, after Grace Petrie, I fired up the incognito browser, loaded a VPN and filled out the appropriate details. Oh yes, the delivery was missed!

A fake Postcode, that was immediately accepted. A credit card number created on a fake credit card number website, a made up birthday, and, of course the made up name Mr Fuck Cunt Wank.

It was fun, and whilst I know they will not spend a lot of time on it, they will spend time on it.
Title: Re: Today's SPAM
Post by: MikeFromLFE on 08 October, 2021, 09:55:50 am
I noted upthread a while ago how Mrs M had signed up for a mailing list for a free book (I know, I know....) and she started getting a lot of spam, quite clearly from this sign up.
All of this crap is Forex trading, and MLM type 'opportunities'. It's all through her GMail account and is generally manageable with GMail filters, but the odd one slips through, and the whack-a-mole process starts again. In the last 48 hours there were 294 of these mails in her 'Bin' that had been filtered out.
My filter process is to find a word or phrase in the email (often in the (fake) address at the bottom) and filter by that - 'mark read, delete'.
I'm tempted to get her to change her email address, but at the moment I'm on top of it.

What I don't understand is why these aren't flagged by Google as spam. They use obvious spammy phrases in the mails, and I know the 'unsubscribe' buttons do no such thing - so how are these idiots able to circumvent the usually excellent GMail spam filters?