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

Osama Bin Laden Photo E-mail and Link Scam

Don’t feel bad if you were slightly tempted since the President’s announcement that Usama Bin Laden (or Osama Bin Laden) was dead to click on those ads, emails, Facebook or tweets that claim to be videos or pictures of him, shot in the head.  You aren’t the only ones, even U.S.  Senators may have been misled.

In an article with CNN reporters senators admitted to having seen pictures of bin Laden dead, but with so many reports of fake photographs circulating on the Internet it is hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. Continue reading Osama Bin Laden Photo E-mail and Link Scam

Did you get 411 on the *112 life saving email?

There’s lots of email messages floating around out there – how we can make money or how we can save our life. Dio you have the 411 on the cell phone *112 email message that claims to save your life from an fake unmarked police car?

Know before you dial what’s true and what’s false.

Continue reading Did you get 411 on the *112 life saving email?