Navy Federal Credit Union (scam alert)

This is a typical example of a password phishing scam message, and it came with an attachment — something you should never open unless you know and trust the specific sender. (The attachment is deleted here for safety.) Scammers blast thousands of messages like this to random email addresses in the hope that someone will fall for the trick and enter their account information as requested on a fake website that has nothing to do with the actual bank. Once the scammers have your bank account number and password they will proceed to empty your account and then disappear.

From: Navy Federal
Subject: Suspicious Account Activity Reference
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:35:32 -0400

We have reason to believe that your Navy Federal Credit Union Banking Card may have been compromised. We have attempted to contact you by phone to speak with you personally but have been unsuccessful. As a precaution we have reduced your daily purchase limit. We now need to re-confirm your account information with us.

Please verify your identity immediately in order to confirm your recent account activity and restore your purchase limit.

You will need to download and open the document attached to this e-mail in order to verify your records. Please follow the instructions from the document.

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Abu Dhabi Foundation (scam alert)

This message, probably received by tens of thousands of people around the world, is an example of a typical charitable-donation scam. It purports to come from an organization that wants to award you a large prize (even though you haven’t done anything to earn the prize and have never even heard of the group). In reality this message is an advance-fee fraud: if you take the bait and contact them, you’ll be told that before your winnings can be delivered you have to send in a “transaction fee” or “customs charge” or something similar — and then once they have your money in their pockets the scammers will vanish without a trace.

Subject: Receive Your Donation Bank Draft Urgently
From: “Abu Dhabi Foundation”
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:22:19 +0530

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.
P.O.Box 814,
Al-Bateen Area,
Abu Dhabi.
United Arab Emirates.

The Abu Dhabi Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and non-profit organization chaired by His Highness late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai here in UAE, and was established in 1971. The Abu Dhabi Foundation in conjunction with the European Union just commence yearly charity donation. These Donations are freely given to (3) Lucky Winner’s for their business,educational and personal development. Congratulation, You are among the (3) lucky beneficiary selected to receive this donations award sum of £1,000,000GBP (One MillionGreat Britain pounds)each as charity donations/aid from Abu Dhabi Foundation. For more details on how to receive your Donation Bank Draft, please contact the President of Abu Dhabi Foundation with your pin number (Abu-Dh82-X9M) Full name, contact address and phone number.

On behalf of the foundation, we say congratulations to you.

President Of Abu Dhabi Foundation,
Dr. Abdul Raheem.
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Western Union Scam (Mr. Gorge)

This is an example of a basic advance fee fraud, although it is a little unusual in that it doesn’t invoke any deposed dictators or dying widows. It’s structured a bit like a lottery scam: your money has been awarded and you just need to call us to pick it up. There is of course no real “Mr. Gorge,” and Western Union, which is a real company, is not actually involved. A scammer is just using these names to try to get money from you.

Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:17:20 -0430 (VET)
From: “Mrs. Sandra Synder”
Subject: Dear, customer

Dear customer

We have deposited the check of your fund ($1.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Mr. gorge. He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver’s Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs. Sandra Synder has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Mr. gorge or you call him +229-99-79-66-23 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund

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Faculty and Staff Login Verification (scam alert)

This is a standard phishing scam message, designed to steal your passwords or account information. (We have deactivated the dangerous link, as we always do here at Phishing messages are often sent from hacked email accounts, so you should always assume than any real person named in the message isn’t connected with it (and probably doesn’t even know the messages are going out from their hacked account). Messages of this kind work by tricking you into visiting a phony website — “bravenetwebbysite33” in this case — and then telling you to enter your username and password. The scammers then take your username and password and use them for their own nefarious purposes.

From: “Dzen, Jennifer”
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:54:36 +0000

Faculty/Staff/ Survey

With the strengthening off our security system and improving your mailing experience, Help Desk requires all faculty and staff, to Complete this survey by filling out the requirements correctly; to participate on survey click SURVEY bravenetwebbysite33.bravesites [ . . . ]


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Christy Xavier, Aging Widow (scam alert)

One of the most common types of advance fee scam is the widow-dying-of-cancer scam. These are so common you would think they wouldn’t work any more, but if they didn’t work the scammers wouldn’t keep sending them, so you know some people do still fall for them. The example below is shorter than most — some scammers go into great detail, but others figure if they can hook you with a short message they may have a better chance of reeling you in.

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:05:41 -0430 (VET)
From: simon martinez

I am Mrs. Christy Xavier an aging widow suffering from cancer, I have some funds I am willing to donate through you to non-profit charitable organization amounting £8.3Million pounds and my estate in Indiana (USA). 50% of the total sum should be transferred to any orphanage home. You can help your community with the remaining 50% and for your services to carryout this last wish for me

UPDATE: Christy Xavier is persistent! A few days after sending the message above she sent a followup:

Date: Wed, 20 May 2015
From: Christy Xavier

I recently left you a message.

Before she was emailing from Venezuela (.ve) and now from Ecuador (.ec). Christy gets around!

Teresa Roman Cancer Scam

The “dying widow scam” is a standard type of advance fee fraud. In the example below Teresa Roman, “your sister in Christ,” needs your help to distribute her fortune. Alas, there is really no “Teresa Roman” and no fortune to be distributed. There’s only a scammer trying to separate you from your money.

From: “Teresa Roman”
Subject: Hello
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:19:27

I am Mrs Teresa Roman, suffering from cancerous ailment. I was married to Mr.Raymond Roman, my husband worked with Chevron/Texaco in the United Kingdom for twenty years before he died in the year 2003. My late husband deposited the sum of 0 Million (Ten Million Pounds) with a Bank in United Kingdom.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate these funds to you and i want you to use it for the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide. I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my email.address: With God all things are possible.

Your Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Teresa Roman

If you make the mistake of answering “Teresa,” she will spin you many elaborate stories; but then she will reveal that she needs some advance payments from you before her supposed fortune can be released. If you make the bigger mistake of paying her, she will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.

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Who is Sister Justina Marthin?

This is a classic example of the “dying widow scam.” A wealthy foreign businessman died and left his widow a fortune. She is now dying, and needs someone to dispose of her estate. Wouldn’t you like to help? She can give you a percentage of the money if you like. She’s a Christian, so you know you can trust her. Alas, it’s a scam from beginning to end: there’s no wealthy businessman and no dying widow. If you respond to the message she’ll be delighted to hear from you, and say she only needs you to send the banker’s fees to finalize the money transfer. Once she’s got those “fees” in her hand, you’ll never hear from her again.

Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2015 17:24
From: Justina Marthin
Reply-To: Justina Marthin
Subject: Dearest in the lord .

Dearest in the lord .

I am Sister. Justlna Marthln from Bahrain .

I am married to Dr. phillip Marthln who work with bahrain embassey here in abidjan cote d ‘ ivoire for nine years before he died in the year 2004. we were married for eleveen years and survived with only one child name micheal . and my husband died after a brief illiness that lasted for only four days.

before he died we were both born again christains , since his death i i decided not to remarry since i have a son that is against my matrimonial home which the bible is against. when my late husband was alive he deposited the sume of (6 million u.s dollars) in a bank here in abidjan cote d ‘ ivoire . presently, this is still in the bank and recently my doctor told me that i would not for the next three months due to cancer problem .

though what disturb me most is about my son micheal and my stroke , having known my condition i decide to donate part of this fund to churches , orphans and widows and use the rest of the money for my son’s education that is why i am looking for a better christain individual that will utilize this money the way i am going to instruct here in .

I want you to use this fund to churches , orphanages and widows propagating the word of god and to ensure that the house of god is mentained. the bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth . i took this decission because i know that i can not live inherite this money and my husband relatives are not christains and i don’t want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused by unbeievers ..and i don’t a situation where this money will be used to ungodly manners . hence the reason for taking this bold decission.

I am not afraid of death hence i know that my son is alive, but my problem is to take care of him because i know that i will soon be going to be in the bossom of of the lord . exodos 14 vs 14 says that the lord will fight my case and i shall hold my peace.

please i don’t need any telephone communications in this regard because of my health and because of the present of my husband’s relatives around me always and i don’t want them to know about this development is only you and my little son knows about this and i believe with god all things are possible .as soon as i recieves your reply i shall give you the contact of the bank here in abidjan cote d ‘ ivoire .

i will also issue a letter of authority that will you as the original beneficiary of this fund . i want you and the church where you worship to always pray for me because i know that the lord is my shephard. my happiness is that i lived a life of a worthy christain.

who ever that want to serve the lord must serve him in spirit and truth. please always be prayerfull throughout your life and any delay in your reply will me and my son a room in searching for a church or a christian individual for this same porpose.

please asure me that you will act accordingly as I started here in .for security reasons i mean my husband’s relatives and i want you to fast and pray for god to take absolut controll of this fund untill it get to you . please endeavour to use it for the children of god, with trust.

Thanks and god bless you in all

Yours in the lord,

Sister Justina Marthin.

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