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June 20, 2008

Spam Scam – Promise to tranfer funds to your account

Filed under: Awareness,Hoax email,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 6:46 pm
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Just got an email from an unknown person, generally I don’t even look at such mails, just thrash them up and mark as spam but this time thought of posting it here and make you aware of such online frauds. These mails talk about huge sum of money and seek your help to transfer some amount (which is unbelievably in millions) to your account and they would make you believe it because these mails looks so personal, you will just want to read it and they even make claims that they didn’t find any other suitable person but you.

Here’s a copy of email I received:

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Subject of email: FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION!!!

Goodday friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail meets you in a perfect condition.You may not understand why this mail
came to you.But if you do not remember me,you receive an email from me in
the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never
concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a
logical conclusion.I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished
transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best
known to you.But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred
the fund out of the security company to my new partner’s account in London
that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed at
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of $300,000 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS) I have authorized the finance house where I deposited my
money to issue you international certified bank draft cashable at your
bank.

My dear friend I will like you to contact the finance house for the
collection of this international certified bank draft,when contacting them
ensures you provide them with your details as stated below;

1.FULL NAMES:
2.ADDRESS:
3.SEX:
4.AGE:
5.OCCUPATION:
6.TEL: (If any)
7.COUNTRY:
8.Cash credited File: YM35447XN
9.A medium of identification, i.e either a copy of drivers license or
international passport or any other legal means of identification(if any):
10.ACCOUNT COORDINATES: (Details of the account where you want your funds
transferred):

The name and contact address of the Person with your BANK DRAFT ( DR.
MURPHY SASHA ) is as follows:

COMPENSATION AND FINANCE HOUSE HEAD OFFICE
CONTACT AGENT: DENNIS WISE
EMAIL: dennis_wise007@yahoo.com
PHONE: +44 702 405 3382

At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which myself and my new partner are having at hand. Finally, remember that
I have forwarded instruction to the finance house on your behalf to send
the bank draft to you as soon as you contact them without delay.Please I
will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the
bottom of my heart.Thanks and God bless you and your family.Hope to hear
from you soon.

Your’s Faithfully,
Mr.Andrew Richardson

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another copy from a person who claims himself to be a soldier:

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Dear Friend,

My name is Quintine Mel Sanchez (Serge) I am an American soldier serving
in the military with the 3rd army infantry division here in Iraq. I am in
a desperate need of your urgent assistance. I have summed up courage to
contact you towards assisting me on my quest. I found your particulars
(email) in an International email list directory from the Internet here in
Iraq and decided to contact you to assist me move the sum of ($8 Million
U.S. Dollars) Eight Million United States Dollars to you in your country
of origin or any location of your choice. But I need to be assured that my
share will be kept safe in your care until I complete my service here in
Iraq.

Some money in various currencies were discovered in barrels at a farm
house near one of Late Saddam Hussein’s old palaces here in Tikrit-Iraq,
during a rescue operation. It was agreed by Staff Sergent Joey Jones and
myself and some other officers that part of this money be shared among us
before informing anybody about it and turning it over to the troop, since
we were the first to discover this money. Though this was quite an illegal
thing to do as an army officer, but I tell you what? No compensation can
make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole of
which my brother in-law was killed by a road side bomb last time and many
other American soldiers.

The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of
money became a problem for me, so with the help of a red cross officer
working here in Iraq whose office enjoy some immunity, I was able to get
the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot as a
personal effect of my late brother in-law. The red cross officer does not
know the real content of the package and believes that it belongs to my
brother in-law who died by a road side bomb blast here in Iraq and before
giving up, entrusted me to hand over the package to his family in the
United States.

I have now found a very safe and secured way of getting the package out of
Iraq through Jordan so you can pick it up anywhere and I will discuss this
with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. I believe that
my money will be well secured in your hand because I feel you have the
fear of God at heart and that you can be trusted. I intend to part away
with 40% of this money as your share for assisting me conclude this
project if we eventually come to a reasonable agreement. You should also
assure me that this issue will not be discussed with any other person and
will be kept as top secret. Should you have any reason to reject this
offer, please and please delete this message for any leakage of this
information will be too bad for us soldiers here in Iraq.

I am not certain how long it will take before I am discharges from here in
Iraq. I have been shot twice, wounded and survived two suicide bomb
attacks by the grace of God. This and other reasons earlier mentioned has
prompted me to reach out for help by contacting you. I honestly want this
issue resolved immediately. Please contact me as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Quintine Mel Sanchez (Sarge)

IN GOD WE TRUST!!!

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Remember nobody, nobody in this world has an extra penny to give you, so just delete such mails. Here are some variants of this mail – http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blnigeria.htm

Update:

Recently a woman from Pune fall pray to such email and lost around 20-22 Lakhs INR (about $50,000), which she tried to recover trying to lure others the same way and got arrestedRead it on Times of India.

May 7, 2008

Virus Email or Spam – common identifiers

Filed under: Awareness,Safety and Security,Very Important — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 12:34 pm
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VIRUS EMAIL would be sent by any email address of any account, because some crackers always search and catch email address in mailboxes FROM, TO: and CC: of sending email including users address book. More advanced hackers/spammers can even include subject lines from user mailboxes. That’s the reason why the virus email looks like was sent by a friend, family member or from some genuine companies.

How to identify if the email has a virus? Below are some common identifiers:

  1. Email attachment size is small ( 181-285 KB )
  2. Has extensions like:
    • *.scr
    • *.pif
    • *.zip
    • *.HQX
    • *.MQX
    • *.mim
    • *.bat
    • *.exe
    • *.com
    • *.txt
    • *.doc
    • *.clp
    • *.lhz
    • *.rhz
    • and more other new extension name files
  3. Have email subjects like:
    • Hi 🙂
    • Pictures.
    • Weah ^_^ :))
    • Hokki=)
    • ello!=))
    • Hello -:))
    • Hey, dude, it’s me ^_^
    • access Mpeg
    • Re:your text
    • Re:Text message
    • Re:Msg reply
    • Re:Is that your document?
    • Re:Hot Movie(MPEG)
    • Re:Information. ..
    • Re;Important info
    • Re:This is your photos!: )
    • And more and more…

Beware such emails are dangerous.

  • If one of your files has an infected virus, it could infect other files and then all files in your hard drive when you open or access it.
  • Don’t open or reply virus emails.
  • If the email sounds genuine but has an attachment and you are not sure, just call up the sender and ask for confirmation before opening it.

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