Category: banking

  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ Spoof Scam

    This spoof scam has been around for a while, but it bears repeating. Obviously done by soemone with a high geek factor AND a GSOH! I think I’ll do one in the style of ‘His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)’ Dear Beloved, I am Danladi Majah , The only Son of late Counsellor Gríma Grimbeth Majah […]

  • Fake Checks – ‘Backgrounder’

    FAKE CHECK SCHEMES American consumers are being defrauded by overseas scam artists. The latest complaints relate to counterfeit checks including cashier’s checks, checks that look like they’re drawn on business accounts, money orders, traveler’s checks and gift cheques. A common theme exists in all of the scams: Just because a deposited check shows up as […]

  • Who owns

    Why do I ask? Well, I got a spam/scam email today that pretends to be an alert from Microsoft, via the Secret Service that a backdoor has been found in Windows XP and that a patch has been released which will ‘fix’ this vulnerability. Well, as you can imagine, the ‘patch‘ turns out to be […]

  • Fighting the Credit Card Scammers (and the baddest countries!)

    Fraudlabs are aimed at online retailers and they provide some useful services for checking that the credit card transaction you are about to approve looks ‘right’. Given a combination of IP address, shipping address and credit card identification, they will give you a clear description of why that transaction is not a good risk. In […]

  • That ‘Check Receiving’ job IS a scam!

    Here’s a recent scam job offer I received, one of many. Better written than usual, but the same tagline – ‘Payment Processing‘ (aka ‘Transaction Processing Agent‘ etc). This scam involves sending the victim a large check, then asking him to deduct a commission (usually 5-15%) and then to send the rest on to a third […]

  • e-Gold indicted on money-laundering charges

    e-Gold, in Melbourne, Florida issued the following shock announcement on their website. “On April 24, 2007, a Federal Grand Jury handed down an indictment charging e-gold Ltd., Gold & Silver Reserve, Inc., and the Directors of both companies with money laundering, operating an unlicensed money transmitter business, and conspiracies to commit both offenses.” If half […]

  • Ghouls targetted in Virgina Tech Phishing Scam

    To those people who want to see what happens when a madman shoots 32 other students, there is a sting out there just for them. Email Spam promises camera phone footage of the Virginia Tech tragedy, but the website just tries to grab your bank details instead. IT security and control firm Sophos has warned […]

  • The Inevitable IRS Tax Refund Scam

    The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning of a new Internet scam based on a site masquerading as a member of the Free File Alliance. The site attempts to get taxpayers to file their information with them. The scammers then change the bank account details to their own and wait for the refund payments […]