money laundering

100 Days of Scams – Mystery Consignment Box

So, you’ve been contacted by a senior officer at JFK about an abandoned diplomatic consignment box, containing (approx) $12.5 M, which for some unknown reason has your name on it.

Unlikely as that seems, they want to send the box on to you, but there’s a couple of trifling details – a ‘clearance’ fee of $6,250. Pay this amount and (half) the $12 million will be yours!!!

Dear Value Beneficiary,

I am Brent Paul. Douglas, a senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. I have contacted you regarding an abandoned diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report box revealed some US dollar bill in it which could be approximately 12.5Million dollars and the official paper of the box indicates your contact details. To confirm you as the authentic beneficiary and also for security Purpose, do send me your full information for crossed checking of your details with the information stated in the office.

YOUR FULL NAME, YOUR HOME ADDRESS, OCCUPATION, GENDER, YOUR HOME/MOBILE TEL NUMBER AND NEAREST AIRPORT CLOSE TO YOU.

For your information, the box was abandoned by the diplomat who was on transit to your city because he was not able to pay the (JFK) clearance fee of 6,250 dollars. I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned box so that we can transact this as a deal and share the total money 70% for you and 30% for me. As soon as I get the requested detail from you for verification. I will pay the clearance fee and make arrangement for the box to be delivered to you which can be concluded within 4-6 hours after confirmation is made and upon your acceptance and willingness to co-operate. All communication must be held extremely confidential to ensure a successful delivery. Kindly click reply and get your correct and valid details to me as soon as you get this email.

I will give you a call after my confirmation.Reply Email: infoswiftcard@yahoo.com

Sincerely
Brent P. Douglas

RECAP DISTRIBUTION IS A JOB SCAM

A recent Scam Tip Off Report tells me of a Logistics Position for Recap Distribution. Supposedly operating in Finland, all the money seems to flow to Russia.

It’s a simple enough scam – You take a job as a ‘Receivables Clerk’. Packages arrive and you send them on to another address. Money comes in to your PayPal account, you ship it somewhere else bu Western Union.

SCAM JOB COMANY – RECAPDIST.COM


Now you know that the packages were bought with stolen credit card numbers, right? and the money in your paypal account? same thing.

All goes well for a while until a cop turns up on your doorstep asking why you are (a) handling stolen goods and (b) money laundering. Demanding some kind of restitution.

So, if that kind of thing sounds good to you, go to the Recap Distribution Careers page on their website at RECAPDIST.COM

Which has been operating since way back in NOVEMBER 2012

Domain Name: RECAPDIST.COM

Registration Date: 14-Nov-2012
Expiration Date: 14-Nov-2013
Registrant Contact Details:
Recap Distribution
Danny Jones ()
Mannerheimvagen 12
Helsinki
Helsinki,00100
FI
Tel. +358.358923161434

Spoof websites bilk Caledonia man out of $30K

A man in Caledonia, Wisconsin thought he was buying a car from a reputable website (autotrader.com) and paying for it using a reputable financial site (amazonpayments.com). Turned out that both sites were so-called ‘spoof sites’ – Identical copies of valid website, used to capture personal information such as credit card numbers/passwords or, as in this case, to make it appear that a bona-fide tramsaction was taking place.2009 Porsche Cayman

The Porche Cayman he paid $30,000 for did not show up and by the time he realised, the cash had flown to Romania.

The lesson?

Never trust a link supplied to you from email or a website, especially if it is a financial transaction. Always go independantly to websites using your own bookmarks or typing the url in. it’s insanely easy to show the ‘correct’ link but to go to a different one when it is clicked. Financial Sites Always use ‘https’ instead of ‘httpd’. No Exceptions. Look at your online bank url when you are logged in some time.

Check the address bar of your browser. It’s trying to keep you safe.

Read More at the Caledonia Patch website (it’s the real one, trust me!)

Online Trading – A Warning!

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online Trading, a guide by US-CERT


Online trading can be an easy, cost-effective way to manage investments. However, online investors are often targets of scams, so take precautions to ensure that you do not become a victim.

What is online trading?

Online trading allows you to conduct investment transactions over the internet. The accessibility of the internet makes it possible for you to research and invest in opportunities from any location at any time. It also reduces the amount of resources (time, effort, and money) you have to devote to managing these accounts and transactions.

What are the risks?

Recognizing the importance of safeguarding your money, legitimate brokerages take steps to ensure that their transactions are secure. However, online brokerages and the investors who use them are appealing targets for attackers. The amount of financial information in a brokerage’s database makes it valuable; this information can be traded or sold for personal
profit. Also, because money is regularly transferred through these accounts, malicious activity may not be noticed immediately. To gain access to these databases, attackers may use Trojan horses or other types of malicious code.

Attackers may also attempt to collect financial information by targeting the current or potential investors directly. These attempts may take the form of social engineering or phishing attacks (see Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information). With methods that include setting up fraudulent investment opportunities or redirecting users to malicious sites that appear to be legitimate, attackers try to convince you to provide them with financial information that they can then use or sell. If you have been victimized, both your money and your identity may be at risk.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Research your investment opportunities – Take advantage of resources such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database and your state’s securities commission (found through the North American Securities (more…)

TweekServ is a Scam Job (transaction Processing)

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It’s just the usual ‘transaction processing’ scam – you get counterfeit checks, they get your hard-earned cash. DO NOT GET INVOLVED.

Hello,

Thank you for your reply and interest in a part-time position with TweekServ Inc.
In the future please e-mail me at job@tweek-servinc.com

The main strategic aim of our company is to provide quick, easy, efficient and secure ways for businesses to outsource services locally, nationally and globally, to maximize their competitive advantage and cost effectiveness.
The goal of our company is to ensure both, the most reliable security level and simplicity of use and availability.
We are happy to offer you the Payment Processing Agent position. 

Here are the job Requirements:
- 18 years of age or older;
- internet access to promptly reply to emails;
- availability by phone (1-2 hours a day);
- a bank account to process payments 

We welcome competent and reliable approach to work, responsibility and initiative in search of the most efficient ways of job implementation.
Each Payment Processing Agent is provided with employment benefits after successful completion of probationary period (30 days). 

The employment benefits include:
- Stock options;
- 401k;
- Flex-Time;
- Health & Dental;
- Professional development programs

You will find detailed description of the job following the link:
http://www.tweek-servinc.com/vacancies/payment

We strongly recommend to read our FAQ:
http://www.tweek-servinc.com/vacancies/payment/faq

Some important facts:
1. You don't need to invest your own money to get started;
2. This is not a sales position. While employed with us, you are guaranteed a Base Salary as well as commission per task processed;
3. Each remittance will be accompanied by an invoice ensuring legality of transaction. 

If you are interested in the offered vacancy or have any questions please contact us at job@tweek-servinc.com
We appreciate your time and sincerely hope to see you in TweekServ Inc team!

Best Regards,

Steven Brown
TweekServ Inc
job@tweek-servinc.com
Phone: 1-347-860-9971
Fax: 1-585-410-6049

*Please note that some e-mails may enter your SPAM folder and may delay our process of communication. Please add our e-mail address to your filter/safe list to ensure that you receive our e-mails without any delay. If for some reason you do not hear from us within 24 hours with further information, please give us a call at 1-347-860-9971 and we will provide you with the necessary information.

Here’s some lies they use to get you interested…. (from their website at http://www.tweek-servinc.com/vacancies/payment/faq#fq_1) (more…)

Less 419 Scams while Nigerian Cable is Out?

Large parts of West Africa have communications blackouts after damage was found on the major undersea fiberoptic cable, known as SAT-3, which supplies countries such as Benin, Togo, Niger and Nigeria. The cable runs from Portugal and Spain to South Africa, via West Africa and has cut 70% of Nigeria’s bandwidth, causing severe problems for its banking sector, government and mobile phone networks.The SAT-3 Undersea Cable Route

The effects are expected to last as long as two weeks and I will be interested to see if this makes any difference to the numbers of 419 (aka AFF or simply ‘Nigerian’) scam solicitations, considering that the major source of the scourge is the West coastal coutries of Africa due to the endemic corruption and poor policiing in the region.

I look forward to the first email ….

“Due to the recent undersea cable fault, banking institutions had to resort to using cash-only transactions and I have found a large chest containing a huge amount of cash in US Dollars – I need someone in the west to help me to move it to the USA …..”

A backup, the West Africa Cable System linking southern and western African countries with Europe should be in service by 2011. This link will massively improve Internet speeds for South Africa, Angola, the Canary Islands, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Portugal and the United Kingdom. It will also bring submarine links online for the first time to the countries of Namibia, the Congo and Togo.

We shall see….

Hippy-eye-ay – WTF is a HYIP?

According to Wikipedia, a High Yield Investment Program (aka HYIP) is …

A high-yield investment program (HYIP) is a type of Ponzi scheme, which is an investment scam that promises an unsustainably high return on investment by paying previous investors with the money invested by newcomers.

Ok, yet another scam – so what?

Well, there’s a few spam emails going about currently that sounds like a big one. People will get hurt so it’s my duty to warn you all!

Spam like this one:

Hello,

I would like to introduce the Investment Committee.
I represent Prosperity Organization that is committed to provide with life changing returns and services. Investment programs can bring you no risk
interest to pay of your mortgage

If you are interested, please visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bevetutabykax90/message/1

[OR: Ed.]  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lohywejyfolyd12/message/1

[OR EVEN: Ed.] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fujuxoryfymyg58/message/1

Regards,
Moderator

fujuxoryfymyg58-message-taximetu

One thing they all have in common is a Yahoo Groups Page as a jump point to the real scammer’s page http://sdhfiweof.com/.

One thing about working in the IT industry for so long (especially working with email systems) has taught me is NEVER BUY PRODUCTS/SERVICES MARKETED BY SPAM, especially if

  1. you get several copies of the same spam
  2. especially if they mention ‘God’
  3. especially if the website owner claims to be from your town, but the domain name/website is registered/hosted in Hong Kong
  4. ESPECIALLY if the website offers an ‘Affiliate Program’ (ie, they let you do the spamming for them!).

These jokers fit all of the above. Here’s a Pic of their site:hyip-self-made-millionare

Now, I’m sure that there is a God-fearing lady called Marta, and there may even be one in Baltimore with two kids, but I’m absolutely certain that this isn’t her. It’s much more likely to be  Fred Milto (FredMilto@gmail.com), a "Private Person" in New York, 10017 - at least that's who the domain name is registered to.

Of course, Fred (Aka Marta) may not be the owner of this mess – they’re likely to be affiliates and the real scammers ground zero are CherryShares.com

Anyway, I don’t have the time or the resources to investigate this one further, but if anyone knows more or has tried this particular scam, let me know.

The FTC and others have been issuing warnings for years about this scam – here’s one just in case you still don’t believe me From the SEC

and here’s a snippet

Signs of Banking-Related Investment Fraud

Below are warning signs of prime bank or other fraudulent bank-related investment schemes.

Excessive Guaranteed Returns

These fraudulent investment pitches typically offer or guarantee spectacular returns of 20 to 200 percent monthly, absolutely risk free. Promises of unrealistic returns at no risk are hallmarks of prime bank fraud.

I was alerted to a website called HYIPExplorer (http://www.hyipexplorer.com), who acknowledge that HYIPs are high risk investments but with high potential returns. They know there are a lot of scammers out there and provide a forum for people to rate and investigate these notoriously mercurial entities. If you are ever convinced to try HYIPs, please visit them and do A LOT OF RESEARCH BEFORE SENDING ANYONE ANY MONEY!!!


HYIPexplorer - High Yield Investment Program - HYIP Rating - The premier HYIP monitoring service!

Mortgage/Bankruptcy Scam Warning!

The US Trustee Program, part of the US DoJ, runs the Federal bankruptcy system, monitoring the conduct of people involved in bankruptcy cases, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and investigating bankruptcy fraud and abuse.
They recently issued the following warning for people who are already overwhelmed by the legal juggernaut of a bankruptcy filing and are at serious risk of being scammed out of what little they have left.

DON’T GET “LOCKED OUT” OF YOUR HOME BY A BANKRUPTCY SCAM OPERATOR

Are you having trouble making your home mortgage payments? Are you facing foreclosure on your home? Get all the facts before you pay someone to help you work out your mortgage problems.
Bankruptcy foreclosure scams” target people whose home mortgages are in trouble. Scam operators advertise over the Internet and in local publications, distribute flyers, or contact people whose homes are listed in the foreclosure notices. Sometimes they direct their appeals to specific religious or ethnic groups.

These scam operators may promise to take care of your problems with your mortgage lender or to obtain refinancing for you. Sometimes they also ask you to pay your mortgage payments directly to the scam operator. They may even ask you to hand over your property deed to the operator, and then make payments to the operator in order to stay in your home.

But instead of contacting your lender or refinancing your loan, the scam operator pockets all the money you paid, and then files a bankruptcy case in your name — sometimes without your knowledge.

A bankruptcy filing often stops a home foreclosure, but only temporarily. If a bankruptcy is filed in your name but you don’t participate in the case, the judge will dismiss the case and the foreclosure proceedings will continue.

If this happens, you will lose the money you paid to the scam operator — AND YOU COULD LOSE YOUR HOME. You will also have a bankruptcy listed on your credit record for years afterward.

Proceed with care if an individual or company:

  • Calls itself a “mortgage consultant,” “foreclosure service,” or similar name.
  • Contacts or advertises to people whose homes are listed for foreclosure.
  • Collects a fee before it provides services to you.
  • Tells you to make your home mortgage payments directly to the individual or company.
  • Tells you to transfer your property deed or title to the individual or company.

If you can’t pay your mortgage, call your mortgage lender or contact a lawyer for help. Your state or local bar association may be able to help you find low-cost legal help.
If you think an individual or company is running a mortgage foreclosure scam, contact the local office of the United States Trustee. The United States Trustee is a Justice Department official who monitors the bankruptcy system. Look for your local United States Trustee’s telephone number in your telephone directory or on our web site at www.usdoj.gov/ust/eo/ust_org/office_locator.htm.