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When a purchase order email is not what it seems

Image By: Ian Lamont
Image By: Ian Lamont

Today’s award for the least convincing spam message goes to the “purchase order” I received. The funny thing is I don’t sell anything so I’m not sure how it could possibly pertain to me. It just goes to show they grab, harvest or purchase email addresses and then send them out in bulk, sort of like fishing with a bucket of bait. With that much bait you are sure to catch something.

If you receive something like this one, which also has a “zip” file to download my suggestion is to send it to spam and keep going. What are the keys to knowing this isn’t a real purchase interest?

  1. It was in my spam folder – which I do check regularly since sometimes items are mistakenly marked as spam.
  2. The problems with grammar and punctuation.
  3. The fact that I don’t sell any items.
  4. And, that it’s “near” somewhere in Egypt.
  5. That it has a zip file. Beware of downloadable files, links, and images, especially those that come from those you don’t know.

Sample Email below

A dead giveaway is when my spam filler has this in the RE:

****SPAM**** HIGH * Purchase order-
Dear Sir

We are interested to Purchase your product, i got your contact information

from two of our customers.

Please contact us with the following below:-

– Your minimum order quantity.

– Your FOB Prices and FOB Port.

– Your estimated delivery time.

Please fine attached company details and requirements below to preview the samples/specifications needed.

Best Regard
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GMCC LTD  IMPORT & EXPORT
Address deleted
Sheraton Bldgs. Heliopolis,Cairo
Landmark:Near To Radisson Blu Cairo Egypt

Reverse Email Lookup: Looking Someone Up By Email Address

Reverse Email Lookup: What, Why, and How?

When it comes to communicating with people these days, asking for an email address is as common as asking for a phone number, if not more so. With the increasing prevalence of smart phones, people can access their email accounts whenever and wherever they like. Unlike making some calls, using email is basically free, so it’s a great way to stay in contact with friends and family as life moves us in different directions.

On the downside, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding a random email address scribbled on a piece of paper with no other information, or getting a message from email addresses you don’t recognize. The great news is that now a reverse email lookup can be conducted on these unknown email addresses, helping you protect yourself from spam, viruses, or even identity theft. Similar to doing a reverse phone lookup, reverse email searches can now be performed with the click of a button.

What is a Reverse Email Lookup?

One way of trying to determine who an email address belongs to is to type it into a search engine, like Google or Bing. Of course, this is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In some cases, pages and pages of results can be returned that may or may not be useful. Also, many sites do not allow email information to be indexed in search engines, making it impossible to gather information from basic searches. In both of these situations, using a search engine to find information about an email address is fruitless. This is where reverse email lookup services come into play.

There are many different websites available that provide users with a means of finding information based solely on an email address. Using the email address, the reverse email lookup service sifts through thousands of records until they locate the name, address, phone number, and any other information about the person associated with that email address. The amount of information provided by the site can vary, depending on the authority of the site and whether membership with the site is required.

How to Conduct a Reverse Email Lookup

To conduct a reverse email lookup, you can begin by typing “reverse email lookup” into your search engine of choice. You can also skip this step altogether, and navigate directly to an authoritative site that offers this service, such as PeopleFinders or USA People Search. Once you are on one of these sites, enter the email address into the reverse email lookup search box. Almost instantly, you will be redirected to a new page, filled with information about the email address provided. It’s important to note that the search may be limited geographically to a single country, such as the United States, so keep that in mind as you conduct your search.

Conducting a reverse email lookup is easier than ever. Using these simple steps, you’ll find all the information available online about that random, scribbled email address in no time – and you won’t have to worry about the possibility of identity theft the next time you receive an email from an unknown sender.

What’s in Your Email and What Should You Do with It? Four Favorite Schemes

download-key-logger-programIt seems that not a week goes by without having to check my spam mailbox as it fills with ever more increasing frequency.  When they said “spam” and phishing schemes where on the rise they really meant, on the rise!  I thought I would share with you my five favorites this week that you should be on the look out for.  One or two  have already hit some friends  and I wouldn’t want them to happen to you.

You Got Mail!

This phishing email message is sent allegedly from FEDEX or UPS.  You have a very important package that they tried to deliver but couldn’t.  If you could just take a minute to provide this information your VIP package will be on it’s way.   This one quite often asks for information, payment of an invoice (requiring me to open an attachment) and will include a subject like like this one,  “UPS Delivery Notification Tracking Number:EVKDBQXRTKRXN4CTMI.”

UPS offers more information on these fake emails as does FEDEX .

Report these types of messages to UPS at fraud@ups.com and to FEDEX at abuse@fedex.com

You Have WON!

So far this week I have won from a lottery that I never entered (scratch offs are about as far as I go) as well as won money from a casino I never heard of, let along gambled at.   Even the FBI got in on the act, telling me that I won $1 million!  This, of course, is different from the email I received last week where the FBI (who I’m quite sure already has quite a bit of information on me) attempted to phish for some more.

You have been Blessed!  Continue reading What’s in Your Email and What Should You Do with It? Four Favorite Schemes

Do your kids need a safer email account? KidsEmail.org may be the answer

As parents we have been warned of the increasing risk of identity theft to our children, often because information is so easy to access. But there are also a number of other online dangers that parents need to address as our children use the Internet more frequently. These dangers include cyber bullying, stalking, pornography, spam, viruses and inappropriate email messages and pictures. With children ranging in ages from 17-6 I’ve found that somethings work for keeping the older children safe online and some things work well for keeping the younger children safe online, especially while they are sending and receiving email. One of my favorite tools so far I have found for the younger children is Kids Email.org.

Kids Email is an email system that is designed with kids ages 6-12 in mind, but there is also a teen tool available. Here is what Kids Email does in a nutshell:

We decided to give Kids Email a try, since I refused to give in to the younger children’s request for a cell phone and email is one of the ways that they can easily keep in touch with grandparents which live far away.  Here are some of the features mom liked:

  • privacy, security and safety online
  • filters out all the “stuff” and just offers the kids a clean and easy to use email system
  • several different features that I can tailor towards our family’s specific needs and concerns
  • easy to set up and use
  • free trial with no credit card required
Kids Email.org is easy to use.  You simply register (no credit card required) and then answer some simple yes or no questions about the security settings you want to use.  These questions include things like do you want copies of emails sent and received sent to your email or who do you want to allow emails from?  You can set up more than one email address so you can tailor made your security settings age appropriate for each child.
One of the things I liked about these settings is that I can manage the kids email accounts down to the minutes they spend on there as well as even ground them from their email and set the dates and times of the “grounding.” I hope I don’t have to do that, but it is nice to know that these options are there if I need them.  I can also run reports of the activity on the accounts.
Next the girls got to jump in and have some fun.  They selected from 10 different templates that gave them a specific look whenever they signed into their email.  My middle daughter selected the princess  fairy template which gives her a cute pink and purple background for her email account.   Then the emails began!  Just to test drive they sent emails to grandma, grandpa and dad and once they received responses I think that they were hooked!  (I recommend sending all those who may be getting a message from the kids a message about the new account so that they recognize it and can add it to their safe list).
I like that I can design each email account to do what our family needs it to do for security, safety and fun.  KidsEmail provides a safe way to teach my children about email and Internet responsibility and use as they learn all those rules that even the most mature adult has trouble remembering sometimes, because after all “my friend sent it to me” so it must be safe.
There is a one month free trial available, but after that it is a paid service.  I know what you are thinking, but guess what you don’t have to give your credit card to get the free trial.  That was a big plus for me right at the beginning.  The current price is 13 months with up to six email accounts for $38.95.

 

450,000 email addresses and passwords stolen from Yahoo: Is yours one of them?

Linking up accounts and services seems like it could make life easier doesn’t it?  Until you link things up on the Internet so closely that one security breach could lead to several from you email accounts to your PayPal accounts as well as the services you use on sites like Yahoo, MSN and Google.  A recent theft of over 450,000 log-in credentials were discovered from a Yahoo service.   Unfortunately this theft was not limited to just Yahoo services as many people link up their services with their email address, no matter what provider they may have.

The hackers, “D33Ds Company” released a statement about the incident stating  that this should be a wake up call to Yahoo for “lax security.”

“We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this subdomain will take this as a wake-up call, and not as a threat. There have been many security holes exploited in webservers belonging to Yahoo! Inc. that have caused far greater damage than our disclosure. Please do not take them lightly. The subdomain and vulnerable parameters have not been posted to avoid further damage.”

While the theft of this data is scary, what is even more frightening is that according to TrustedSec the passwords and information were stored completely unencrypted.

Chief technology officer at Eurosecure, antivirus vendor ESET’s distributor in Scandinavia, Anders Nilsson, revealed that the most common domain names for the leaked email addresses were aol.com, gmail.com hotmail.com and yahoo.com. You can find even more statistics about this incident and the services affected on his blog.  Surprisingly enough the most common password is the one that everyone is told not to use and out of approximately 342,000 entries, 1,666 of them use the password 123456.

If you want to know if you have been compromised Continue reading 450,000 email addresses and passwords stolen from Yahoo: Is yours one of them?

SPAM from Morris esqpeterm020@me.com

This message is spam. It came from
SPAM from Morris esqpeterm020@me.com

If you receive this message, do not respond. Delete.

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SPAM – SCAM – SPAM – SCAM – SPAM
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Uthingo raffle draw organized in South Africa on the 3rd of May 2011 in conjunction
with United Nation (U.N) in supporting the victims of Japan Tsunami, your E-mail
Address came out as the timely number that grabs the amount of $2, 500000.00. I
know that this may sound unbelievable to you, but it’s true if this E-mail address
is truly yours let us know to provide you more details involving this issue Thanks,
Mr Edwin M. Kabelo.

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SPAM – SCAM – SPAM – SCAM – SPAM
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SPAM/SCAM from Mr. Leonard Mike leo0009m@excite.com AND leo0009m@yahoo.com

The Following is a SPAM MESSAGE designed to rob you of your money.

Don’t fall for it.

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SPAM – SCAM – SPAM – SCAM – SPAM
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From: Leonard Mike
Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Subject: From: Mr. Leonard Mike
To: leo0009m@excite.com

From: Mr. Leonard Mike
Fidelity Investments International
Oak hill House, 130 Ton bridge Rd
Hildenborough Ton Bridge, Kent
TN11 9DZ, London

Dear,
I am Leonard Mike,Funds Manager of Fidelity Investment International.

The World Largest Funds Management Company with over $1.2Trillion Capital Investment Funds.

Nevertheless, as Fidelity Funds Manager, I handle all our Investor’s Direct Capital Funds and secretly extract 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annul on each of the Investor’s Magellan Capital Funds.As an expert,I have made over USD $22m from the Investor’s EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the funds as Annual Investment Proceeds from Fidelity Magellan Capital Funds. Continue reading SPAM/SCAM from Mr. Leonard Mike leo0009m@excite.com AND leo0009m@yahoo.com

Identity Theft Secrets Reader’s True Crime Story: Traveling email scam

A reader who was shocked to be the target of an e-mail scam contacted us today.  E-mail scams are not at all uncommon, so why was this so unbelievable to this reader?  Because it almost worked.Here’s the background.  This reader has traveled for several years on bus tours, always with the same guide.  Her travel guide is someone she has come to know well and trust.  She frequently gets e-mails about up coming trips that she may be interested in.  Usually the headings will list month of the trips for a group of offerings or the destination if it is a promotion for a specific destination.

This morning she received an e-mail from her travel guides e-mail address with the subject “this is urgent, please read.”

“This was unusual,” our reader from Virginia says, “but I thought that maybe it was a last minute deal on an unsold seat.”

Here’s what the reader found inside:

“Its me, i really don’t mean to inconvenience you right now. I made a little trip to London, and i misplaced my wallet that contains my passport and credit cards. Just hearing from me like this, sounds a little odd, but it all happened very fast. I’ve just been issued a temporary passport and also my ticket, but I’m short of funds to pay for the bills here. I’ve also been trying to reach my credit card company, but from the message i just got, i’ll need some verifications like answering my home phone and that will only happen when i return to the States. Please, can you lend me some funds to secure the bills? I’ll be willing to pay back as soon as i return.

Please respond as soon as you get this message, so i can forward my details to send the money via western union, or you can contact me via the hotel’s desk phone. The numbers are, 011448717947613, 011448717942394 u can replace the 011 with +44

I await your response.”

(name of travel guide was here)

Our reader says, “I was really thinking, oh no, he’s in London and he’s in trouble.  Fortunately, I had read enough of your post at identity theft secrets to be wary.”

What were the clues that this was a hoax?

-The lowercase “i” through out is common in hoax e-mails and was not common for this professional.

(Still, our reader admitted she was second guessing that thinking that if someone were in trouble, they would be typing under duress and not as careful as usual.

-Odd phrases like “I await your response,” are also common in fake e-mails and just not likely to be used by a friend.

-Being asked to call a strange phone number.  Even if London, it would make sense for someone in trouble to have you call his or her cell phone number.

-The statement that the credit card company wouldn’t be able to help him until he answered his home phone doesn’t ring true.  Some people don’t even have home phones and credit card companies are used to helping travelers and have other means of verifying their identity.

Thankfully, our reader didn’t call the phone number.  What would have happened?  Would she have been charged an outrageous amount for the phone call or would a scam artists on the other line continued to urge her for personal information to help her friend in trouble?  This time the hoax didn’t work and is being reported.

We’re so happy that our articles on avoiding scams have helped another reader.  Have you received a fake e-mail bait that almost hooked you?

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This program is specifically designed to counter the problems incurred when you have some kind of faulty anti-virus scan or an actual virus.

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Outlook lets you create calendars, manage contacts, send and receive emails, etc.

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Beyond email, what else will Disk Doctors Smart E-mail Backup get from Outlook?

Everything, including:

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