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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
Address deleted
Sheraton Bldgs. Heliopolis,Cairo
Landmark:Near To Radisson Blu Cairo Egypt

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This group has been around and trusted for over 50 years to oversee German government funds that help Holocaust survivors.

To give you a perspective, the Claims Conference, a non-profit organization, oversees several funds and is in charge of processing thousands of applications each year.

The FBI has reported charges against 17 individuals, including six insiders, for stealing more than $42 million from the organization and the legitimate Holocaust survivors they serve. Continue reading Holocaust Victim’s Group the Victim of Fraud

Sleuthing for Internet Fraud: Click Laundering

You’ve heard of laundry, and money laundering but have you heard of click laundering? Are you a small business owner? Do you use ads or affiliate links on your website? Find out about the latest round of internet fraud scams that can cost business owners and consumers money.

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Consumer alert: Beware unsolicited emails claiming to be from the IRS

While you may be waiting not so patiently for your income tax return this year and you may have even filed online, thieves know this and are eager to take advantage of an opportunity to scam unsuspecting taxpayers. Don’t be surprised if sophisticated phishing scams show up in your email inbox in the guise of an official communication from the IRS.

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Check Cashing Fraud Scams and Mystery Shopping Jobs

Have you received a letter or email asking you to be a “mystery shopper?” Maybe you are a legitmiate mystery shopper and have received this “assignment.” An assignment or job that appears too good to be true and that involves check cashing may just be a scam. Find our more about this particular scam, how to identify it and what to do if you have been a victim.

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Don’t Open Emails Claiming to be from the FBI: 3 New E-mail Hoaxes

Phishing e-mails and e-mails scams aren’t new. Unfortunately, they are getting even more sophisticated and successful. Why? Despite the growing awareness of phishing scams and computer viruses from e-mails that link to malware, scammers are becoming even better salesmen.

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“Who’s calling, please?” ReverseMobile.com has Answers

Have been barraged by a number of missed calls with no message? Have you received annoying or even obscene phone calls? When your phone is ringing and you don’t know who is calling, it can quickly escalate from irritating to down-right scary. ReverseMobile can help you answer your questions.

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