Recent Email Scams

When this site first started I used to upload a number of the email scams I received on a daily basis, however, I found it quite boring to be honest – copying and pasting is not much fun.

Also, there are other sites out there that hold huge repositories of such emails, a good example of which would be MillerSmiles, another UK site.

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That said, I thought I would post a short report on the type of email scams I have been receiving recently so that readers are aware of some of the newer tactics that the scam artists are employing in their quest to defraud their victims –

SCARE TACTICS

One of the scam emails I received today was entitled, “dude, what if your wife finds this?” and the message body read –

“OMG, what are you doing man. This video of you is all over the net. check it out yourself”.

There then followed a hyperlink that appeared, at first glance, to lead to the video sharing site YouTube.

However, mousing over the link revealed that it actually pointed to a different website that was identified by an unknown IP address rather than a worded URL.

Of course I know better than to click on links in emails, and I don’t really care much for what my ex-wife knows about me either, but I could see how this might entice some men into clicking a link that does who knows what or leads to who knows where.

eCARDS

I still continue to receive a large number of notifications that someone has sent me an ecard.

The ‘From’ line normally indicates they are from a legitimate e-card site and the subject line often suggests that they are from a family member or friend.

However, in reality, they generally link to less than desirable websites that will attempt to put malware, or worse, onto your computer system.

NONSENSE WORDS FOR SUBJECTS

Spammers have begun to use a word that isn’t really a word, such as “sophtiol” or “pafgunjat” as a subject.

This is designed to bypass the increasingly effective spam filters that most email clients now employ.

Any newer email client will have a blacklist of words or phrases, either shipped with them, or added by the user.

Using random garbage as subject will typically allow those pills and potions emails to get through.

ANTI-VIRUS

These types of scam emails, including the ones that appear to be no more than just spam, often have links embedded within them that lead to malicious websites.

By clicking on these links, you are exposing yourself to the risk of becoming infected with a Trojan horse, virus, or other piece of malware.

If you receive such emails then the best advice is to just delete them.

If you don’t already have a virus scanner that scans email messages and their attachments as they are received then get one but do be aware of anti-virus scams.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Just so you know when my comments reach 99 I am done for the month. 😛

  2. Have you received the “you’ve got an ugly face” ones? There was a slew of them for awhile and I started to think my spam hated me.

    My employer routinely recieves spam that says things like “we saw what you did naked”. Since he is 82 years old, I say it sucks to be you to the spammers.

    • I just bulk mailed 10,000 friends and none of them have been told they have an ugly face.

      Not quite sure what that means to you? 😀

      Hmmmm @ 82 yr old naked – not a pleasant thought!

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