100 Days, 100 Scams received by Email

99.5% of the email scams we receive are in the English language. There may be a few in Chinese/Japanese that don’t get identified by us, but it’s not so easy to spot them. This one appears to be Turkish, and is presumably about getting some of AYMAN AL ZAWAHIRI’s money:


bana izin ver cunku sende yardim istiyorum,benim baska secim yoktur.Benim
isim :KAPTAN,Bir A.B.D ni Ulke,(missisipi) dan benim koy,ben bir A.b.d
askenim ama iraki dan baglanti yaptem Beni.

Neden bu konu soyleyorsun sende yardim istiyorsun cunku bu is benim hayatim.
Benim iraq asker da baglanti yapten cunku once ki savas zaman sok yerde kirimis
,onda dolayi tamir etmek icin A.B.D asker baskan beni irak gonderdik .sende iyi
biliyorsun butun iraq binarlar tamir edicek sok yapicek tamir var onda dolayi beni irak
gonderdik cunku ,benim is bu.
Baska zaman da binarlar yikimak gerekiyor ,emde yeni bir plani,ben hakki veriyorum
yani binarlar nasil yeni yapicek .bu is sok risk var bende cektem,cunku salisiyor erken,
iraklar terrorist baskin yapten,sok asker hayattin kaybetin .Benim 12yil arkadasim
hayattin kaybet,bu ay da 3 gun once oldu,2016 yil,tam 11:00 sat,ben kontrol ediyorsun
haifa sokak ,neder sok uzun binarlar var,bu binarlar saddam hussein yasiyor zaman
yaptek.Ben uc aske koruyorsun.Sonra sella da bir garip bisi gordum,oda eski dan,depo
gibi. Ben kontrol etmek gitem, o depo kapi actem zaman delik icinde 6 tana demir
kutu cikte,ama evsi kilitlendik,kilit kirimis zaman kutular icindeki gordum zaman
sok sasildim bir kas kutu,icinde silah ve kursun var,bir kas kutu da uyusturucu,(heroin)
var icinde. kalan iki kutu actem zaman kutular icinde .A.B.D parasi var,hesaplandin
($23.2M ) A.B.D parasi var. biz uc sat dan parayi sayiyoruz. biz bir plani yapten
cunku parayi bizden kalicek emde gizli bisi yani,sadeece ben ver 3 asker bu parayi
biliyor,baska kimsin bilimiyor.bu kutular eski dan bir kas terrorist var AL QAEDA
VE AYMAN AL ZAWAHIRI,garanti bu teroristlar ni parasi ,ama bize helal geldik
sukur allahm.

Bu parayi tasimak pilani yapiyorsun,ama sok gizli yer bize lazim,neder ic kimse
parayi gormesin,biz irakta parayi satladik,ama uyusturucu ve silah,ve kursun,telsim
ektmis biz ,sadeece parayi bize kaldik.

bu konu dan dolayi bana bir guvenlik insan lazim cuncu parayi icin irakya birakamaz
neden,hergun dah fazla risk icindeiz,onur icin sen bize lazim.sen ne dusunuyorsun
biliyorum onur icin benim resim ve kimlik gondericem sana sonra.

sana 30% komisyon soz verdim ,ama gine bu komisyon icin anasabiliyor.lutfen bana soz ver
cunku bu konu aramizdin kalicak,baskasi bilmez tamam.


dDos attacks on Scamdex – an apology.

Running the Scamdex Website isn’t a full-time job but occasionally I fall foul of the lovable rogues who perpetrate these scams and who get upset when I tell people about their doings. For example, from mid November in 2012, I had a week of distributed denial of service (dDos) attacks which effectively made Scamdex.com stop responding to requests.

A day or so into the attack, I was contacted by the instigator; a nice Russian scammer who said “You see I can bring your server down, now remove the post”. He referred to a post someone had made in the Scam Tip Off Reports section of the site.

I’m sad to say that I had no option other than to comply with is threat on the grounds of ‘The Greater Good’. Cowardly you may say, but dDos attacks are not to be taken lightly and while they were going on, no-one would be able to see anything on Scamdex.

You have all seen the effects that dDos attacks have on even the biggest Internet presences – with all their resources and experts, they can still be reduced to server farms full of technically dead servers – Scamdex really can’t fight this.

I’m sorry if the Russian scammed someone who just might have been saved if the original post had remained online, but my duty is to the whole Internet community, above and beyond the individual. Mea Culpa!

Alleged Image Copyright Theft Scam is a Money Spinner

I got a comment recently on my blog about a scam that I was unaware of but which, after a small amount of research has made me boiling mad.

First, some background

The Internet is awash with images – mostly pictures of my cat, My Cat (c) Me, 2011 I admit, but they are everywhere – the World Wide Web is now a massively visual medium, made worse by social sites such as Facebook. The problem is, each one of these images is owned [by somebody] and they often don’t take kindly to anyone else using them without permissions [or payment].
The kings of the Pay-to-use images world are the stock photo libraries – massive databases of images, all of which have complex rules and pricelists depending on how, where and how long the image is used. It ay be 99c to have a thumbnail on your website or many $$ thousands to license an image to print on tee shirts or have as part of your company logo.

If you are looking for a picture, say, of a cat playing the piano, you can find many, many of them on any search engine. But each image has it’s own rules about usage.