Russian LinkedIn Forgery Spam Emails

Another attempt by the Russians to spam people into buying Viagra. The email they send looks just like a LinkedIn invite and resources imagery from the linkedin.com website. The links all point to http://www.so-sourcing.com/wp-enter.php?TRACKINGTOKEN which is a Joomla traffic tracker site that handles redirects, and the user ends up on various garbage website that sell things from Viagra to hosting to downloadables. Will the Russians ever let go of the evil low-hanging fruit and seek legitimate employment… probably not. Too many uninformed Americans clicking on forged links and buying garbage products.

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FedEx Email Scam From Manager Ethan Richard

From various “Managers” including “Manager Thomas Olson” and “Ethan Richard” and Subject Line “Shipping Service,” this FedEx email scam is yet another laugh. As usual, grammatical errors give away poor development, but since most Americans can’t read well, they’d likely miss these points. Remember to mouseOver the links and inspect the target URLs.

 

Tracking ID: 52XX-XXXXX084
Date: Monday, 4 January 2013, 09:42 AM

Dear Client,

Your parcel has arrived at February 8.Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you at 8 February 06:33 PM.

To receive your parcel, please, print this receipt and go to the nearest office.

Print Receipt

Best Regards, The FedEx Team.
FedEx 1995-2013

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Better Business Bureau Grievance Spam eMail

More spam emails in the form of Better Business Bureau BBB emails stating that a response is required for a business grievance from someone such as a client. This one originated in Armenia, and there are other countries sending them. SImply mouse-over the links and view the targets they point to, and you will see the targets are not Better Business Bureau addresses. As well, note that the illiterate developer revealed poor use of the English language, but don’t use that as an indicator of spam, because companies like the Better Business Bureau use illiterate people to write their documents much like many other supposedly professional organizations. Typos are one thing, but sentenaces like the following really make me laugh…

Please give attention to this subject and let us know about your mind as soon as possible.

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Your ticket is ready

Another garbage email with a ZIP file attached. The ZIP file contains a virus that can be repaired with most anti-virus applications.
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Dear Customer,

E-TICKET NUMBER / 2 183 1210593659 2
SEAT / 61A/ZONE 3
DATE / TIME 28, DECEMBER, 2012, 10:54 AM
ARRIVING / St.Paul
FORM OF PAYMENT / CC
TOTAL PRICE / 245.45 USD
REF / KE4946 ST / OK
BAG / 3PC

Your bought ticket is attached.
You can print your ticket.

Thank you for your attention.
American Airlines.


Where Spam Comes From

Original Post: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2969783.stm

For anyone plagued by junk e-mails, the question that often baffles most is how did the spammers get your address. US researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology set out to answer this question in the summer of 2002. They found that e-mail addresses posted on websites or in newsgroups attract the most spam. Spam is estimated to account for up to 40% of global e-mail traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity. Continue reading


Checking A Website Without Being Tracked, Avoiding Spam Emailers

We’ve all received crap email, formally known as Spam email. Often they sell Viagra or offer ridiculous rates on mortgages or other common commodities and services. Other times we receive African Spam from one of the 2.6 million kings, queens or princes governing some remote region of the grasslands, asking for help to retrieve their bazillion dollar baby fund locked away by the evil government. Whatever the case may be, your spam email may intrigue you and that’s their purpose. They entice you to click a link and check them out. Caveat emptor and think twice! Continue reading


Internet Advancement told to refund clients

SEATTLE TIMES — The state attorney general said yesterday Redmond-based Internet Advancement must pay penalties for failing to get its customers top placement on major search engines. Internet Advancement, which also goes by 4GreatBuys.com, must refund customers, pay $24,432 to the state for costs incurred and a civil penalty of $25,000.

The company had promised to get its customers ranked in the top 10 to 20 results on the search engines for $980 to $1,500 in set-up fees and monthly fees of $79.80 to $89.95. Continue reading


Domain Notification Central Spam Emails

Please be advised that “Domain Notification Central” is sending spam emails to registrants of domain names, which should be ignored and thrown away. The scam attempts to sell you a variant of your current domain(s) under the guise of preventing some elusive legal action against your domain name. This company is currently being sued by legitimate registrars, but they continue to solicit payments through deceptive emails. Below is a sample email for review. Continue reading