Don't fall for this scam... I didn't ;)

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Hi Warriors,

I just wanted to get the word out so other Warriors don't fall
for this scam.

Here is the email I just received.



The attachment is a self extracting zip file contains a trojan which will suck
up every log-in detail and password it can find on your computer.

Never open an attachment from some one you don't know.

Have a Great Day!
Michael
#fall #scam
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Ratliff
    Boy, these folks are really trying hard to get our attention now...perhaps they should read "Influence" by Robert B. Cialdini, PH.D. or something...

    Then again, maybe they shouldn't.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      I hope they don't!

      I also received a couple from eBay stating that I am a F.....g scammer and
      they are going to report me to the F B I and C I A if I don't reply with in 24
      hours. :rolleyes:

      LOL... What's funny is I don't sell any thing on eBay???

      Have a Great Day!
      Michael
      Originally Posted by Joseph Ratliff View Post

      Boy, these folks are really trying hard to get our attention now...perhaps they should read "Influence" by Robert B. Cialdini, PH.D. or something...

      Then again, maybe they shouldn't.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        The one that took the cake was the one from UPS that gave me a presumed FedEx tracking number and said I could pick up the package at the post office. I guess they were trying to cover all bases.

        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        I also received a couple from eBay stating that I am a F.....g scammer and
        they are going to report me to the F B I and C I A if I don't reply with in 24
        hours. :rolleyes:

        LOL... What's funny is I don't sell any thing on eBay???
        I've gotten those for years, and I used to sell on eBay. But, the emails always came to an eMail address I don't use with eBay.
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  • Profile picture of the author markshields
    Strangely enough I had something very similar to that come through my e mail as well trying to scam me along with all the e mails claming to transfer millions after millions of dollars to me so long as I provide my credit card details etc, its amazing how these people get away with these things isnt it?
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  • Profile picture of the author archiebunk
    Thanks for the tip, but most people should know enough not to open these type of e-mails. It's the young kids out there using their parents computers and don't care what happens to the computer. I have relatives that way. Can't get them to teach their kids. What the hell, Mom and Dad can just go out and buy another computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sirago
    That's one of the more clever scams I've seen. I wonder what kind of file was in the zip file...
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    It always puzzles me what goes on in some peoples minds wanting to damage the computer of someone they dont even know
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Murdaugh
    I think it's more about theft (Passwords, identity, etc) than damage.

    -Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Here are few more that I've received over the past few days.

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    • Profile picture of the author Andie
      Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

      Here are few more that I've received over the past few days.


      Dang, Dude....they have got your number for sure !! I'd hate to be sorting through all that *rap.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnlagoudakis
    Any email that comes with an attachment and the message says that I must run that attachment... I delete straight away!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author steve-wilkins
    Thanks for the tip. I am receiving so many at the moment. I am not sure where it all starts, is someone sharing or selling our contact details?

    I got yesterday that actually made me laugh, it reads as follows:

    Dear Steven,

    I am the lawyer of Dr Franz Henidizincher

    You may not know this man but he has left his will to you and you are entilted to his estate of $33 million.

    it goes on to say I must have bumped into him during my travels and made an impression on him as he has left his entire estate to me, just reply with my full contact details and cc details.

    Now I don't normally reply to these i just delete them but i found this one so ridiculous and funny I did reply simply saying:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for contacting me and informing me of my new found inheritance. I am a very generous young man so you have my full permission to donate the entire $33 million to charity.

    Yours sincerley,

    Steve NoSucker!

    These scams border on the ridiculous but the DHL one you mentioned is slightly more clever and could quite easily steal many people's details, thanks for sharing it with us!

    Regards,

    Steve.
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    • Profile picture of the author milan
      Originally Posted by steve-wilkins View Post

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you for contacting me and informing me of my new found inheritance. I am a very generous young man so you have my full permission to donate the entire $33 million to charity.

      Yours sincerley,

      Steve NoSucker!
      Steve, I DO NOT recommend you mess with them too much and make them angry. Definitely hide your real IP when answering even with a little joke. For a lot of these scams, there is serious machinery behind them and human life is not worth much to them. If they manage to talk their victim into traveling to Africa to meet them, it's truly a serious life threating situation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sirago
        Originally Posted by milan View Post

        Steve, I DO NOT recommend you mess with them too much and make them angry. Definitely hide your real IP when answering even with a little joke. For a lot of these scams, there is serious machinery behind them and human life is not worth much to them. If they manage to talk their victim into traveling to Africa to meet them, it's truly a serious life threating situation.
        For reals. I emailed them back jokingly one time and they ended up getting my work phone number and calling me there. It was weird.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheNightOwl
        Originally Posted by milan View Post

        Steve, I DO NOT recommend you mess with them too much and make them angry. Definitely hide your real IP when answering even with a little joke. For a lot of these scams, there is serious machinery behind them and human life is not worth much to them. If they manage to talk their victim into traveling to Africa to meet them, it's truly a serious life threating situation.

        Right on.

        There is, in fact, a practice/movement/not-sure-waht-to-call-it(!) known as "scam-baiting." Just Google "smith okoro" or "smith okoro scambaiting" to read a very, very long account of one such incident.

        It's a humourous read in places (and the mugshot photo with I.M Adildo (or, from memory, something like that) beggars belief!)... BUT... Milan is absolutely on the money.

        I wouldn't monkey about with these folks for the sake of a cheap laugh. Just... not... worth... it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I'm very glad I read this as I'm waiting for a parcel thats over-due from America, so probably would have fallen for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    sorry to sound ignorant but since i use my mac mostly and lighty touch on windows 7 or vista do yo think im still safe since most trojans dont work on macs

    but thanks for the infomation
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Be careful of the new one around.

    It pretends to come from facebook, and tells you they have changed your password etc, to get the new details you have to unzip the attachement.

    Hey admin ,

    Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
    You can find your new password in attached document.

    Thanks,
    The Facebook Team.The email says it is from the FACEBOOK TEAM

    NEVER, EVER click on a link to go to a site, always type it in and check your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adeel_Chowdhry
    What idiots.

    There are also people who are running this scam.. by actually DROPPING the cards through letter/mail boxes OFFLINE... saying that 'sorry we missed you.. please call our depot to pick up your parcel'.

    -- also notice the use of excessive exclaimation marks :Z

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Hi Adeel,

    They are also sending out letters stating that your automobile warranty is
    about to expire and you need to contact them with in 24 hours or you
    won't be eligible for future coverage???

    I don't understand how they can continue to do this stuff and not get busted.

    Have a Great Day!
    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author holla22
      My Dad almost fell for one of those international lotto scams, Damn that was a close call.
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      • Profile picture of the author sweetfranky
        Originally Posted by holla22 View Post

        My Dad almost fell for one of those international lotto scams, Damn that was a close call.
        Yea, it sucks when you have to teach the older generation about what to look for. Thank god by grandma is offline. Poor thing would be telling me about how Prince Alli Baba is giving her a million bucks... D:
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  • Profile picture of the author l23bc
    here guys, speaking of scams you should see this site i just been reading it shows most of the scams about so you can be in the knowledge and also have a giggle as well,
    Funny Scams, Funny Hoaxes, Weird Scam Emails at Scamletters.com this is not a affilate link i can promise you, i just like this site

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  • Profile picture of the author Shanoa35
    Thanks
    I won't be cheated
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
    GMail has those kind of messages nuked before I even see them.
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    Thanks For The Warning Michael!
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    I get crap like that all the time claiming to be from Fedex.

    One thing to note: No delivery company will ever contact you via email about an undelverable package. If you got a package waiting, they always leave a note on your front door!
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  • Profile picture of the author rgenterprise
    Geez....If you are going to pose as a major corporation, the least you can do is use proper! grammar! and punctuation!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheNightOwl
    oh, btw... Michael...

    Good post. This is a clever scam and I could see how a harried person expecting a package and constantly pissed at deliveries being late might well click on the link.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author ccschooledu
    Thanks for sharing the tip. We need to be a lot more careful today with all the scams going on all over the internet. I'll pass this messages to my friends.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
        Legit companies never send this type of information in an attachment.

        I usually see a tracking link embedded directly in the email, but I think what I'll do from now on is to COPY the tracking number, open up a new window, go to the vendor's site myself, and PASTE in the tracking number - rather than just clicking the link that's in my email.

        I've fallen for a phishing scheme in the past, had some money stolen from my PayPal account (which I got back thankfully), and lost access to a bunch of gmail accounts, including one with my full name - which I've been unable to get back. Gmail has zero support, unfortunately.

        Thanks for the heads up, Michael. You can't be too careful.

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        • Profile picture of the author nadavmazor
          thanks..

          once i fall in this thing
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  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    2 things ring alarm bells immediately:

    '... was not able to deliver your parcel by your address'
    'Please attention!'

    The English is to broken, even the way the message subject is worded should warn you.
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  • Profile picture of the author automated_atty
    received emails like this a few times. One emails says I won a big amount from an International lottery I don't even remember joining. We should all be careful.
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  • Profile picture of the author garrypalomo
    I can say, if anyone whom you don't know was sending you a file without knowing it.. just ignore or delete it!!
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  • Profile picture of the author patselby
    There is a scam going on facebook as well. Three people sent me IM saying that they had been mugged at gun point in London; no passport, no money, no family. Thank goodness scammers are not very creative. I saved the chat in a word doc and the third person said that it wasn't him; he had never been to London, had not been mugged ever. I sent him the doc with the chat and his picture. He said that it was not him and went to facebook with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    Everybody, thanks for all your advices. I don't use to open attachments when I receive those weird emails, but it's very useful anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoMo
    Well you guys are all losers cuz I have a buddy in Nigeria who is gonna make me a millionaire just for using my bank account for a few days.

    I hear he's a prince too!!!


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    • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
      Hi Michael, Warriors

      Thanks for the heads up.

      For all of us here. Just be careful, if one of these spywares get on your PC it could compromise your PP password along with other sensitive information, so again be careful.

      Originally Posted by dave147 View Post

      There are so many scam emails going around right now - lets create a thread (Scam Emails) listing all the email titles to watch out for
      Yeah Dave, I think we should put up one so that we have an early warning device about new scams.

      Originally Posted by Xtreme23k View Post

      Yeah I know what you mean, I dont understand why so many people get joy out of wanting to crash peoples computer for no reason what so ever
      These days its no longer just about crashing it. As you can see from most of the emails, it talks about money..So I guess that's what its all about.

      Be safe,

      Omar
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      • Profile picture of the author Alminc
        My antivirus program detected that file as trojan.
        Always have your antivirus program check all email
        attachments. And keep it updated with latest deffinitions.
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