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October 26, 2014

The past week was so interesting because we learned about several new scams unlike others we usually cover. Check our website for full details but they included phone call scams to seniors from their “grandsons” who needed cash wired to them so they could be bailed out of jail. And there was also a wheelchair scam that has been targeting young adults who offer child care services through Care.com.

As for our email in-boxes, where do we begin? Kohl’s and Amazon gift cards, Rachel Ray exposed, secrets of dog training, online dating, credit bureau scores, critical health alerts about strawberries, invitations to join the Executive branch of Who’s Who, and much more. Unfortunately, Apple scams continued to rise dramatically across the Internet during the last week. Never a dull moment…

Random Odd Emails

We have often said that some of the most effective scams are those that come from someone you know who’s email account has been hacked and misused, or from a personal email account with a short message and link. Below are two examples. Sadly, Ed’s email account was hacked and the link that was sent is a shortened URL but redirects to a malicious site. (What to know the full risks of shortened URLs? Visit our article at The Daily Scam!

Also hacked was the email account from the jeweler’s business (we’ve hidden their identity below). Notice that the link for “kindly view the document” is disguised to look like it has something to do with the file transfer/storage service called Dropbox. We used a WHOIS to look up the domain “file934292342-dropbox.info” and discovered that the domain was registered in Moscow on October 20, 2014, two days before the scam email was sent. The site is described as “Dropbox.”

1-Kindly view document

2014 Auto Deal Finder

Most folks with experience buying cars know that the best deals are often at this time of the year as the dealers try to unload the last few cars of this year to make room for the new year’s inventory. Apparently, the scammers know it too. Check out this convincing email about auto deals. The drop down menu to “Choose your make” was just another link to send you to their malicious website where malware is waiting to infect your computer. A mouse-over reveals that the links pointed to “parisake.com.” Does that sound like an auto dealer? In fact, if you enter “parisake.com” into Google, Google can’t find any such website. A WHOIS lookup  shows that the site was registered just 3 days before the email was sent.

And if you thought that you could just click one of those links at the bottom of spam/scam emails that say things like “please safely remove yourself” or “if you no longer wish to receive these e-mails…” you’re wrong. It’s the same as clicking the malicious link. Don’t click anything in these emails! Just delete.

3-Auto Deal Finder

Sensational News… Again!

What could be more sensational than a cure for ebola? That’s the lie that this email claims. In fact, we counted four lies in this email. And the link in this email points to a domain that inspires confidence for medical breakthroughs… “crazy.insured81.eu” Actually, nothing in the email is true. But it is a perfect example of social ly engineering people into clicking a malicious link. Delete, delete, delete!

4-Ebola cure

Finally, we’ve said that Apple has been heavily targeted by the scammers the past two weeks, and it’s not just through phishing emails. The iPhone 6 has been very popular and a target as well. It’s reasonable to say that ANY offer to sell an iPhone 6 over the Internet is suspect unless it comes from Apple.com or a wireless provider. Take the email below. The email comes from “shirtboutique.net” and the link points back to the same domain. But the small print in the email references a company called “electronicrewards.net” in Nevada. A search on Google for this company pulls up a page at ScamAdvisor.com saying that this website cannot be trusted. 0% rating! I might consider buying a shirt from shirtboutique.net but an iPhone? Delete!

 

5-iPhone 6 scam

 


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