File a Complaint about Scam 419

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FIFA World Cup E-mails Leading to Spam

Once again, it's significant to present you with information concerning the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Cyber criminals are not going to stop until the end of this event - they are launching new attacks of Scam, aiming to trick as many possible victims as possible. Let's get familiar with two new scam email campaigns revealed by security experts from Trend Micro.

Emails belonging to the first spam campaign inform possible victims about a new "contest" called "Final Draw" and supposedly being organized by the FIFA Organizing Committee. Receivers are asked to download the .doc attachment in order to see all the details of their winning. The aim of the creators of this attack is to gain victims' personal and financial information and use it for their further nasty activities.
The other spam campaign spreads messages written in poor English and punctual its recipients to open an attached .pdf file. The attachment asks its beneficiary to give certain information "in relation to a fund transfer transaction amounting to a whopping US$10.5 million. Upon agreeing to the bid, the recipient should supposedly get 30 percent of the said amount," Trend Micro notes.

The tactics of this campaign be similar to well-known 419 scam. The so-called 419 scam (aka "Nigeria scam" or "West African" scam) is one of the most well-liked scams in the world affecting millions of people. It starts with an email asking for help and talented a huge reward for that. However, victimized users just lose their money almost without a possibility to get them back.

Security experts warn all users that if they receive any e-mail that looks too good to be true, they may be almost 100% sure that it's a mare scam. If they don't know who sent them that email they are strictly recommended to delete it. These are two basic things that normal people should remember if they don't want to allow cyber criminals to trick them and steal their money.

Firefox Cautions of New Phishing Scam

The team behind the Firefox browser has caution users about a new kind of phishing attack.

The new phishing attack restore an inactive browser tab on the Firefox browser with a hateful phishing page designed to steal user names and passwords for e-mail and bank accounts from innocent users.

Firefox creative team leader, Aza Raskin, said that the attack, which only affects the latest version of Firefox, is simply preventable if users are cautious and check that the URL in the browser address page is correct before proceeding to enter any details.

So use Firefox old version to avoid Phishing scam for some time.

Don’t be scammed on SMS

Do you know how to dot an SMS 419 scam, phishing attack, or forged payment confirmation? If you value your money, you should know what to look out for.
Although it is encouraging to see more and more businesses using SMS as a communication platform, it’s becoming easier for scammers to ploy consumers as a result.
South Africa has one of the highest mobile diffusion rates in the world, so it is no wonder that local businesses are increasingly using SMS as a means of communication with their clients. There are many profits to SMS, both for the businesses and the consumers they serve, but there is also a darker side to this method of communication.

Scammers will, and do, try anything to get their hands on your money. One method they like to use is 419 scams or advanced-fee fraud as they are also called. The 419-scam originated in Nigeria and is named after the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code that deals with fraud.
On e-mail, these scam letters give space for a lot more information and generally speak of an inheritance (worth billions) that the sender is due. The beneficiary, however, needs your bank account in which to deposit the funds and promises the bank account holder a percentage of the inheritance for use of the bank account. As a show of faith, or in order to release the funds, the sender then asks you to deposit a certain amount into another account first. Once you deposit the money, you obviously never hear from the scammer again. They typically get several tranches of money out of victims. The more the victims give, they more they’ve already committed, and the more they keep giving, up to a point.
The SMS version works in a very similar way, but the message is generally focused around a cash prize you have won, and asks for a deposit in order to release your winnings. “Congratulations!” is a common word used in these advanced-fee scam SMSes. Another identifier is the use of a non-professional e-mail address. The message will pretend that the prize is from a known brand, such as Nokia, but the e-mail address included in the SMS will be a Yahoo or Hotmail address.
Fraudsters have also taken to using SMSes for phishing attacks. Phishing also has its origin in e-mail, but banks have very successfully managed to decrease these attacks through user education. This is a big reason why fraudsters have now moved to using SMS for phishing, because users do not generally expect it.
People also make the mistake of assuming that SMSes are more secure than e-mail, because it seems like a more personal communication method. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Just like a bank will never ask for your confidential information over e-mail, they should never ask for them by SMS either.
SMS phishing scams are, in a way, even more dangerous than their e-mail counterparts, because it is often a real person that asks you for your details over the phone. For instance, you may receive an SMS (that has been replicated from the official version) alerting you that you have logged on to your Internet banking. The end of the message will read along the lines of “If you have any enquiries, please contact (number)”. Of course you will panic if you are nowhere near your Internet banking service, and immediately phone the number provided. The person who takes the call, however, will unknowingly (comment: I think this means the fraudster doesn’t know he/she is one) be a fraudster who will ask you for your Internet banking details. Once they have these, nothing stops them from accessing your banking online and transferring money wherever they want.
A similar scam fraudsters cotton on to involves fake payment confirmations. Again, an official bank SMS will be replicated, but this time it will be a typical bank SMS payment confirmation. The scammer will purchase goods from you, send a fake payment confirmation and then you will release the goods to them without knowing that the confirmation was a fraud.
These SMSes are sent from individual phones, via international SMS providers or occasionally via a local wireless application service provider (WASP).

HSBC Bank - Your account has been suspended

Date Issued:
May 19, 2010
Fraud Alert #
Target Company:
From Address:
Subject Line:
Your account has been suspended

An Example of the Phishing Email is below:
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Fifa World Cup spam hit again

Security vendor Trend Micro is warning users of yet another spam operation using the forthcoming Fifa World Cup 2010 tournament as bait.

The unwanted mail carries a .PDF file attachment which purports to contain particulars about a 'lottery prize'. The beneficiary is asked for personal information which must be sent to the contact or email sender before the prize can be claimed

What was interesting [was that] the purported sender of the email - one Mrs Michelle Matins, Executive Vice President - was also the participant for the 419 scam, aka the Nigeria scam," wrote Jovi Umawing of Trend Micro's technical communications department.

"Some samples retrieved were obviously free from attachments, and they were puportedly sent by a certain FIFA vice president named Geoff Thompson. Further investigation revealed that he too was associated to an old scam."

According to Umawing, Trend Micro spotted the first World Cup scam back in 2009, which also involved the receiver winning an online lottery.

"Users should be wary of more of these kinds of attacks or alternative of these attacks as the sports event draws closer," he wrote.

Phone Scams

Phone scams can contain the consumer scamming the phone company, the phone company scamming the customer, or a third party scamming either of them.
It can include receiving an unwelcome call or text on your cell phone offering, for example, free ringtones or advising you have won a prize. If you react, the scammer will start taking your money through charges to your cell phone.
Or you may get a voicemail telling you to call a phone number with an '809', '284', '876' or other 3 digit area code to find out about a pale relative, claim a prize, or engage in sex talk etc. Although you think you are making a family long-distance call within the USA, you are connected to a number outside the USA, and incur high international call rates.
You may also be stair and told you have won a central grant and all you need to do is pay the taxes, either by wiring the money or by providing your checking account numbers over the phone. Its all about theft your money.
Some people have found sites contribution free pornography, however to access it, you need to download a small piece of software. When they agreed, their computer was briefly disconnected from the Internet, and then when the modem reconnected, they ended up dialing a number in a distant country and ran up enormous phone bills.
The scammers rely on people being uncomfortable about the sites they have visited, and therefore not lodging a complaint.

10 Ways To Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

As the reputation of credit cards and Internet shopping grow, so does the possibility that you will become a victim of Identity Theft. One's information can be simply accessed by anyone who has your social security number and other identifying information such as credit card bills or processed checks.

1. Buy a Shredder. Shredding your old bills, statements, receipts and credit & bank statements is the first and perhaps most effective way to stop dumpster divers from admission your information. Before throwing away anything with private information, slice it.
If you're not sure that the info can be used to steal your identity, shred it anyway.

2. When using an ATM be weary of those standing next to you. If someone is standing too close behind you, do not be frightened to ask them to step back.

3. Hidden camera detectors. In addition to prying eyes, also be conscious of surveillance strategy in stores, ATMs, gas stations, and anywhere you may be using a credit card or signing your name. There are many small and reasonable hidden camera incidence detectors on the market.

4. Treat your checks like money. Would you stuff your mailbox with wads of cold cash? Mail theft is perhaps easier than dumpster diving when it comes to theft private information, and much cleaner. Mail checks by dipping them off at the Post Office and if you do order bank checks via the web or mail, have them delivered via registered mail or FedEx.

5. Biometrics services like fingerprint or voice detection are becoming popular in the war against identity theft or account hacking. Voice biometrics works by digitizing a summary of a person's speech to produce a stored model voice print. Many banks are now offering this service; ask yours about adding this to your bank account security options.

6. Make a list of all of your credit card numbers, passwords, usernames and bank account numbers and protector them in a safe place. Do not keep them on your computer, particularly if you use peer to peer file sharing software.
7. When applying for a credit card demands that your photo be placed on the card. There are also companies which will place your photo on your checks.

8. Write on the back of your credit card "Ask To See My ID" , most citizens at the register treat credit cards like cash not asking for ID. If they do not ask or overlook to do so, ask them why they have not.

9. When you move be sure to register your new forwarding address with the Post Office and also notify all of your credit cards, banks, and contributions services personally of your new address. If they are still sending confidential information to your old address, cancel your card or account.
10. Don't carry your social security number or credit cards you don't use on you. You are not necessary to carry a social security card so lock it up. If you're not using your credit cards, keep them in a safe place with your social security card.

Facebook Users - Cyber Crooks Scam 419

Computer security specialists warn that Facebook users have been hit with a series of data-stealing attacks in the past week as cyber crooks increasingly stalk social-networking websites. This attacked is called 419 Scam.
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World Cup set to kick off cyber scams419

Security software publisher Symantec has warned soccer fans to Internet scams relating to the upcoming World Cup, launching a website, http://www.2010net, to feature the dangers.

According to Paul Wood, senior analyst at Symantec Hosted Services, the tournament, which attracts the concentration of more than 1 billion soccer fans worldwide, is tempting cybercriminals.

"Traditionally, any large-scale generous event has shown an increase in all kinds of cyberthreats," said Wood.

"Phishing attacks increased by 66 percent during the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"The fact that two underwater communications cables landed on South African coast last July will exacerbate the threat levels; history also shows that malicious activity increases in a country after new bandwidth is made available."

Symantec has already installed additional network sensors in South Africa and other southern Africa countries to check traffic and feed details to customers who are looking to take steps to secure their networks against additional threats.

"For example, two of our configured partners in Africa have submitted unique malevolent files that have not been seen elsewhere by Symantec," said Wood.

Much of the threat activity will not be new to the world of cybercrime - so-called 419 scams, spam and phishing attacks will face users in the guise of special offers for the event.

Gordon Love, Africa regional director, Symantec, said will advise people on how they can protect themselves against such attacks and will stay the alert for new varieties of scam.

However, scammers are always finding new ways of duping people into disclosing their personal information. Being well informed and alert is as important as keeping up to date with the latest protection software updates.

"The rule is, if something looks too good to be true, then it's likely to be a scam," said Love.

Paypal scam letter

I got a letter from Paypal (fake) . email id is

Notification of Limited Account Access

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in
the PayPal system. We recently noticed the following issue on your account:

Unusual account activity has made it necessary to limit sensitive
account features until additional verification information can be collected.

We have been notified that a card associated with your account
has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were
additional problems with your card.

Case ID Number: PP-071-362-996

Please fill in all the details that are required to complete this verification process.

To do this we have attached a form to this email. Please download the form and follow the
instructions on your screen. NOTE: The form needs to be opened in a modern browser which has
javascript enabled (ex: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3, Safari 3, Opera 9)

Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but
to temporary suspend your account.

PayPal Account Review Department.