E-Mail Scammers Lack Creativity – Believability [First In Series]
We've all seen them in our junk email, sometimes in our inbox. Emails from people in the U.S. or overseas, claiming we have won a prize, cash, or some other incredible offer. But while some of these scammers or email "phishers" (as they are called) are pretty clever, some lack real creativity.
In the first of a several part series, we have included some of these actual emails received here at Newstalk 870. Email phishing has also taken on Olympic fever. We got one the other day that had to do with the London games!
But while these are often hilarious, remember - don't click on attatchments, don't send them any information, and keep close track of exactly who you have business and financial dealings with via email and the net. Experts say it's a good idea to keep a log of every business, bank or credit union, insurance company etc. that you deal with online on a regular basis. That way, if you do get suspicious emails that have you thinking "hmmmm", you can compare it with your list and reinforce that it's really phishing. Phishing is the 21st. century buzzword for digital scamming done by criminals. You can click on the link in this article, it's to the Federal Trade Commission with security safety tips!
In the meantime, enjoy the first in our series of actual emails from phishers!
From: Uba Babagana
My name is Uba Babagana, a top Civil Servant in the Petroleum Ministry here in my Country I wish to do a confidential business with you. I have a sum of $35.7 million Dollars I want to entrust on you for investment.
Should you give the offer a favorable consideration, We shall discuss the matter in detail and then agree on a workable modalities for you to receive the funds.
I wait your response for more detail information.
Uba Babagana UBA BABAGANA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hey Uba - Uba gonna be reported as a spammer and phisher!
Or, this one which has an Olympic flair to it:
London 2012 Olympic Houses Glaziers Hall, London’s South Bank, SE1 9DD office number +447017444721 Email: email@example.com You won.500,000GBP Powered by olympics gynamstic Athletic Award Board london 1. Full Name: 2. Contact Address: 3. Phone Number: 4. Fax Number: 5. Occupation: 6. Country Name: 7. State: 8. City: 9. Age: 10. Sex: 11. Marital Status: 12. Won Before: Dr.SMITH FEGO for claims call +447017444721, Best Regards,
Just remember - NEVER supply ANYONE with personal information over the internet, email or other digital device. Unless you are using a secure, safe log-in for banking, insurance or other tasks, no reputable firm will ever ask you to supply you information via email.
Keep checking back for more actual phishing emails we receive here at Newstalk 870.