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Data Conversion Job Scam is active again

The scam goes like this: a company contacts you about a job where you work from home, doing various office jobs, filing, inventorying stuff, converting data from one format to another. You just need to use an application, the price of which they may or may not refund you on your first paycheck. The software application – “XXXX Inventory Software” costs 60 Euros or £58 or USD60

The ‘sting’ is in the software – it’s useless junk, and even if it isn’t, there’s no “work”. The whole scam is to get you to part with your cash. There is no “work”, or if there is it’ll probably involve you receiving fake checks and sending on the ‘remainder’.

I went to the website CEZASOFT.COM and they don’t accept credit cards [RED FLAG] and you have to contact them to buy the software, and they’ll send you back a Software Order Form which asks you to use a dubious payment provider called CashU.com, which is basically an untraceable digital conversion of your cash into easily stolen/transferred cash.

I’ve warned about this scam before and the names keep changing so it obviously works. Today it is ‘BYRAM and CEZASOFT’, tomorrow it may change when too many sites such as this report on it.

This is the email you’ll get when yu apply for the job:

Your application is approved, now you can start work with us, attached are employment documents and first paid project work,
we have send you One Day of work But its your first project so you can submit in 3days and after that you have to submit in 24 hours,
attached are the image files of Data Sheets, Guideline of work is attached with this Email on MS word format, kindly read carefully,
Also Guideline Tutorial is included as a Picture format after entering the Data in Ceza Inventory Software Save the files and Saved
files you have to send us back by online software and we will immediately transfer you your first week salary in advance, (get software to www.CezaSoft.net )
with this email following files are attached in .ZIP folder,
1: Data Sheets to Complete (Project Pack)
2: Step by Step Guideline and Tutorial (Guideline)
3: Your Salary invoice (Salary)
4: Employment Documents
kindly Download Project zip folder and Extract / Unzip after download: (attached with this email)
Note: its One day of work but you can complete this project in 3 days and contact us back,
regards
eldwin clay
BYRAM Inc

If you see a new websit efor this scam, please comment or email webmaster@scamdex.com

Here is a Tip Off Report with more details from a Scamdex Contributor

Ten Years of Scamdex!


Yes, Scamdex started ten years ago, in 2004! When I started, it was a very simple site, hand-written in Perl and was purely a database of email scams. Now it includes Scam Tip Off Reports and many more emails. I would like to thank my visitors, who mostly arrive via a search engine (mainly Google) for reading my all too infrequent blog posts and supporting my site with ad clicks.

When I first started Scamdex, I was the only kid on the block. Internet Security was barely visible, beyond sellers of Anti-Virus stuff. I was number 1 in the search rankings for ’email scam’ for the first couple of years then business and government got interested.

The design has always been ‘challenged’, partly because of the dynamic, database-driven nature of the site, but I like to think it has improved over the years. The earliest view I can find is here. I do have a long term plan to update the look and feel completely, using Twitter Bootstrap to make the site better accessible to the growing trend of mobile device viewership. It’s just time…..

Here’s to another ten years!

New Scam Information SIte – infomercialscams.info

I would like to give a shout-out to a new site that I’ve come across – INFOMERCIALSCAMS.INFO.

InfomercialScams.info is a website designed to help the public identify all types of scams and schemes on and off the internet. They also try to help people distinguish between scams and actual deals by providing them with information on all the different types of scams and schemes that the good people at InfomercialScams.info hear about.

I had a quick look through and they have identified some new scams that I was unaware of (Video Game Tester, Jury Duty etc). Go see them and tell them Scamdex sent you!

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

Scammers turning your WordPress Website into a Spam/Malware Distributor

So I get an email from Google complaining that several links from my son’s blog (which I will not name here) are linking to malware sites. The sample links they included were valid but completely foreign to the site, and the pages themselves were mangled versions of existing blog posts, with long lists of search engine spam and a few websites.
Needless to say, these were not of our making so I set out to investigate and clear them down as soon as possible.
The blog is concerned with my 12 year old son’s love of all things Lego which, since getting his own laptop and discovering Minecraft, has been languishing since his last post in July 2012.
The spam pages are not referenced from the valid blog pages in any way and have been in place since October. Only Google, chiding me about pages with my Adsense code being used to point to Malware alerted me to the breech. Otherwise I would never have noticed.

How it got there?

I suspect that the intrusion method was a theme I installed in October. It’s just a guess though – WordPress is so ubiquitous, I’m sure there are loads of vulnerabilities, especially if the constant stream of updates is anything to go by. Suffice it to say that they got in, and with enough authentication to allow them to upload files.

What I found

I found a couple of anonymous type directories under the ‘/wordpress’ directory: “imgxkm” and “imguut”. The content was a load of files of the form 74XXXXX.html. Each file was a complete webpage which seems to be spam content mixed with genuine blog page content. There was also an index.php.txt file which does a lot of stuff which I was in no mood to examine.
The important file, the one that makes the whole thing work is a .htaccess file. For those not in the know, this file is the Swiss-army penknife for web developers – it can make black into white and cure cancer – it can also take a mangled-looking url and make it go to a perfectly normal-looking webpage (and vice versa). Anyway, the job of this one was to take those odd looking SEO-spammy type urls and serve them up with a content-rich webpage – all without the website owner knowing a thing about it.

What Now?

I dont have time to completely debug this issue, I’m just glad to have found it (thanks to Google’s ever vigilant search engine spam detection algorithms). If you get messages from Google relating to webpages that you dont recognize, check for .htaccess files like this one.

Bon Chance!

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!

FTC Kills “MAKE MONEY FROM WEBSITES” Scam

An Own-Your-Own Website Business Opportunity where consumers would make money from links to major retailers was halted by the FTC.
An operation that lured consumers into spending thousands of dollars for Internet websites and advertising by misrepresenting that they could make lots of money by linking the sites to major retailers. The court ordered a stop to the defendants’ allegedly deceptive practices and froze their assets pending further litigation. The action is part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers in financial distress.

There are many of these ‘Business Opportunities’ on the Internet and only the most egregious (read “Greedy”) are ever brought to account. The rest go on taking millions of people’s hard earned money with dubious, immoral, illegal and downright criminal schemes. As soon as the current pool of suckers is exhausted and/or the law start sniffing around, they close up shop and reopen with a new name, domain name and logo and just carry on.
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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.
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