An email from Martin says my transaction of 54.9 Bitcoins is completed and is in my account. That would be worth nearly one million dollars, but it isn’t true of course. The scammer wants me to open my account at Bitciti using the login and password he provides. No-one gives away millions to people they don’t know. This is a simple phishing scam – trying to get my personal information for future scams or to sell to other scammers.
An email from 247LiveSuport tells me that one of my domain names is due to expire within 48 hours so I need to click the link to renew it or lose it. Quite untrue – the sender’s email address is a ridiculous one many dozens of characters long, and it’s from a domain name which is the Island of Palau – not where my Internet hosting company is based. Plus, the domain name isn’t due for renewal for a long time.
“Product Enquiry with Amended Specification” is a typical scammer’s message with the title aiming it at businesses selling products rather than services. This one claims to be from Microsoft Excel which even a scammer should realise it quite a stupid thing to put. There is a link for me to click to see an audit, certification and inspection report which does not match the title claiming the email was about a product enquiry. Rubbish from a stupid scammer.
Sometimes you get sales emails from Chinese companies and you wonder if they are real – perhaps from an idiot who thinks the best way to get new business is to buy a spam list and pay for millions of emails to go to random addresses in the hope that some will go to a business that may have an interest in their products. But almost always these emails are from experienced scammers who understand that sending out what appears to product details may get the message through scam filters and may encourage some people to respond. Those that do are clearly too stupid for their own good and are likely to be scammed. The message concerned is from yotanbattery.com and lists various types of batteries they sell and offers free samples. If you respond , all you get is a sample scam.
Many businesses use Microsoft Teams and Microsoft SharePoint so scammers are trying to find scams to target these people. The latest such messages are simple phishing scams. The message is made to look like a message from SharePoint. It claims to be a reminder meeting notice but the attached file is a spreadsheet not a reminder. Then it says the attached file needs to be authorised so I have to click to do that but the button to click actually says Join Meeting – this is copied from Microsoft Teams. Clearly the scammer has little idea of what she is copying and the result is a pathetic attempt to get a user’s Teams login.
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