Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Transaction WUMT-MYR791126 (419 scam)

This is an email that I received pretending to be from Western Union. This email was interesting in the sense that it is a picture instead of any text being typed into the body. That is why I could not just copy and paste it so I had to attach this photo. What I am hoping is that if someone is questioning whether or not to send these people money they will do a reverse image search and find this. The email address associated with this email is unwumtcenter@my.com and the phone number is +601126433169.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Shoppingbywm.com Secret Shopper Scam

I came across a recent secret shopper scam that I wanted to let everyone know about. It looks like they have several different websites but the 2 I found out about are www.limitedmallsinc.com and more recently www.shoppingbywm.com. This scam company is looking for people to do secret shopper jobs. Then they are sent a check of around $1900+ and told to keep a certain amount and withdraw the rest and western union it. ANY LEGIT COMPANY WILL NEVER HAVE YOU DO THIS. The check then bounces and leaves the victim responsible.

This seems to be a common scam that has went on for years. If you are involved with a company that asks you to do this get out immediately and do not deposit the check. Peoples bank accounts have been frozen by these checks leaving them not able to access their money. The phone number associated with this scam is 205-598-1005 which seems to be linked to both of those websites. If you go to those websites you will see the same generic login page. If you call the phone number it is just a automated system that is a dead end. Don't be a victim and stay away from this.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Restore Your Account (Phishing Email)

I just got this one in my email and wanted to post it to let everyone know this is a scam. This is a phishing email trying to get your information by inserting a link that I have removed into this email and you fill out your information thinking its legit but its really going to the scammers.

We've noticed that some of your account information appears to be missing or incorrect. We need to verify your account information in order to continue using your Amazon account.
Please follow Link Removed

Once opened, you will be provided with steps to avoid blocking of your account. Failing to do so will be considered a denial of our terms and conditions and your account will be permanently closed.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure your account safety.

Copyright © 1996-2016 Amazon Inc. All rights reserved.                             

Palm Beach Research Group

So I was looking online the other day for potential scam companies to investigate and I came across a company out of Florida (not surprising) called Palm Beach Research Group www.palmbeachgroup.com. This is a company that offers people subscriptions to various publications they have starting at $199 all the way up to $3,000. In my opinion these publications aren't worth any money. They are just out there to try and entice people to sign up with them and look very gimmicky.

This company has several complaints from people saying that they signed up for the service and cancelled during their money back guarantee period only to have the company charge them anyways. This is typical for companies like this. No legit company is going to charge this amount of money for some stupid articles that pitch other products in them with no useful information. A company that is based out of Florida is just another red flag since Florida seems to be a haven for scammers. If scammers are sued in the state of Florida and get a judgment on them Florida has an unlimited homestead exemption meaning that someone can own a 10 million dollar home and a judgment creditor can not touch it. Good deal for scammers, raw deal for victims.

My advice to everyone is not to sign up for them. There is plenty of useful information on the internet for free. This is a company that is charging people for complete nonsense and its disgusting with how they are getting away with it.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Your ATM CARD worth $1.5MILLION (419 Scam)

From Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer
World Bank Headquarters 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA
Attn: ATM Master Card Beneficiary.
Dear Beneficiary.
This is to inform your officially that your ATM CARD worth $1.5M (One Million And Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) is dispatched from World Bank since Thusday  June 9th ,2016 through our Diplomat Office  in United States of America which is in Belton Missouri.We took this step because is the only person we can trust in United States to deliver.
You must immediately contact Dr Richard Lord immediately so that your ATM CARD will be delivered to you immediately and he will direct you on the final step of claiming your card.We took this step to avoid fraud or delays in delivery of your card.
Contact Person:Dr Richard Lord
Diplomatic Officer in charge Of Delivery
Office Address :Belton Missouri, United States
Mobile.+1-732-852-4512 CALL+1-816-476-3607
Update my office as soon as you must have obtain your ATM CARD from Dr Richard Lord  in MISSOURI as instructed above to enable us erase your name from the file of unpaid contractor.
Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

Fake FedEx E-Mail

So I got this email tonight and wanted to post in it case others got it and did not know what to do. I got this email from someone pretending to be from FedEx addressing me on a first name basis. This email contained an attachment which was a virus. The attachment was removed from whatever the scammer used to send this email so the attachment is an empty text file named InfectedAttachmentRemoved.txt this was sent from robert.sanders@portal-karelia.ru.

Dear Derek,

This is to confirm that one or more of your parcels has been shipped.
Delivery Label is attached to this email.

Yours trully,
Robert Sanders,
FedEx Support Agent.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Scammer "Kenneth Johnson"

I got an email from one of my blog viewers notifying me of a scammer going by the name of Kenneth Johnson. This person has been meeting South Korean woman online and saying that he wants to go there to be with them. He then says that he wants to send his baggage before he arrives. He does this through that scam courier company Quickway Security which I posted about in an earlier entry. This company then contacts the women letting them know that they need to pay a fee in order for the package to arrive. They then pay this fee and the scammer asks for more and more money. Here is an example of an email they send out.


We wish to inform you that, your package sent by Mr, Kenneth  Johnson   with instructions to deliver it to your designated address above, has been placed on hold by the custom in Malaysia.  Your package were arrived already in Malaysia But, the custom detected that undeclared currency were concealed upon check point in your package, which means that, there is no Clearance & Tax receipt attached to your package.

Thereby, certain amount must be paid to custom in other to clear your package. This is in accordance to the mode of operations in the courier sector for financial delivery. We have already taken order number for this package and you are required to follow the instructions given to you to facilitate the release of your package.

Thus, you are required to pay the required charges given below for the immediate release of your package. Upon confirmation of payment, your package will be delivered to your destination under Malaysia office hours.

Charges as follows:

Clearance :      1,990 Dollars
Tax.......... 1,980 Dollars
Total Amount:3,970  Dollars

In acknowledged  to this letter, account details shall be provided to you for the payment as stated above for the release of your package.

Thank you, and on behalf of the company, we have made our self/management clear to you.

Please be guided accordingly.
We are glad to serve you.
Yours Sincerely,

Owen Smart
Delivery agent
phone:  +60102475045

Kenneth Johnson's phone number is +00260102475045 and says that he is from the UK.  Be aware of this scammer! Here are a couple of pictures that he is using. These could very well be fake.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Diamond Bank 419 Scam

A buddy of mine sent me an email he got. A "woman" from "South Africa" contacted him and here's the email he received shortly after. A quick search of the email address in the message revealed a scam.

Réf: Wire Transfer: - Dated: 09 /06/ 2016

This is an official message from Diamond Bank Abidjan Cote Divoire to
you. One Miss. Nazah Mandelah instructed the bank to contact you for the
transfer of her late father's fund sum $3,500,000.00 to your account to
enable her relocate to your country for investment purpose.
Kindly reply back as soon as you receive this mail for confirmation and
also send your banking informations where you wish to recieve the fund.

Thank you for banking with us Diamond Bank,
Address: Angle Avenue Terrason De Fourgeres,
Rue Courgas, Abidjan Plateau,
Abidjan 10000, Côte D'Ivoire
For further assistance, please call or email us on below details
Diamond Execs Remittance Department:
Mr. Ambrose Kalou
Telephone: +22502105999
E-mail: diamondbankci.execsremittance@execs.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bye Bye American Express!

So several years ago I had an American Express card and I closed it out in 2011 with a few thousand dollar balance on it. I paid it off a few weeks ago and received a final bill of about $10 which was interest that I owed. Now since I paid the card off my online account was closed out so in order for me to pay this I needed to send a check which I was willing to do. On the statement it said that I needed to put my full account number on the check which I did not have so I called them up to get it. This should have been simple enough but when I finally got connected to a customer service rep they told me that they don't give that information out over the phone. I asked how they expect me to pay it and the woman decided to hang up on me for whatever reason.

So I called back and needed to put up with their automated system bullshit which doesn't work cause it doesn't understand you most of the time and it just hangs up on you. I pressed the 0 key 10 times and I finally got connected with someone. This rep was more helpful then the last one. He opened up my account information and saw that it was in fact closed and I had no way to pay this bill. Because of this he credited my account and told me I was all set with a zero balance. 

My advice to American Express is if you want people to pay their fucking bill you need to give them the information so they can pay you. You don't tell someone they owe money and then refuse to give them their account number so they can pay you. What kind of way to do business is this? Oh well, im done with them. Ill never get a card from them again. Bye bye American Express!