Nov 04

Reporting Gmail Spam and Spammers

gmail-spammers-bypass-spam-filteringNot sure about you but we now find that a very large proportion of spam is arriving from Gmail addresses. The Google form for reporting spam from outside Gmail only allows for one email address with header and the content of that particular email. One would not normally open these emails, just blacklist or delete them so the form is not really much help.

Below is our list of Gmail spam to add to your blacklist or report if one of the listed addresses is bothering you. If you have a website receiving comment or contact page spam insert this link to spam the spammers email account - <a href=””>Anti Spam Blocker – Help Fight Spam Email!</a>.


Oct 26

China Business Scams

Here are the basics of this scam:
Chinese company emails foreign company about buying a few hundred thousand dollars worth of product.  A Letter of Intent is received by the foreign company and the terms of the deal are worked out. The Chinese company then suggests that a representative of the foreign company travels to China to sign the contract and celebrate the signing of the deal.

Chinese business practices

Even public companies like Yahoo and Cisco were victimized for millions

The foreigner gets to China, usually to an out-of-way city in China, and is treated to what appears to be a really expensive meal where the contract is signed.

At this time the foreign company is told that Chinese customary business practice requires that it buy the Chinese CEO an expensive gift and pay the notarization fee. The foreigner is then either taken to purchase a nice gift, requested to pay a couple of thousand dollars for the notarization fee or just blatently asked for cash to fund a celebration party that evening.

It is not until weeks later that the foreign company learns that the deal is non-existent and that there is no Chinese company either.
The big lure of this scam is that nobody wants to fly all the way to China, have a great meal at someone else’s expense, and then be too cheap to spend less than 10,000 yuan or more more to seal the deal.

An article at China Scam Patrol states

Chinese thieves have developed and refined a different skill set that provides them the safety and anonymity of the internet and depends more upon our negligence, complacency, or over-confidence. We often think, “I am not dumb enough to be swindled.”

Even public companies like Yahoo and Cisco were victimized for millions. It is not about being “dumb”. It is about getting caught off-guard. No matter your level of intelligence, the sly guys of China are extremely determined, persistent, and in their own words, “clever”. If they cannot get your money coming in the front door, they will try the back door, a window, a tunnel, or even…click here.

These devious, starving, and determined rodents will not give up. If one gets trapped or killed, five more will take his place within a week. There are no shortage of thieves in China. Here are the undeniable statistics extrapolated from Interpol, ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), WTO (World Trade Organization), and the World Court…

* One in every ten business transaction over $10,000 in China are scams
* One in every twelve stock trades in China involve fraud
* Almost 20% of all export transactions from China result in litigation
* There are 30,000+ known professional fraudsters operating in China
* An actual “Fraud School” has been operating in China for over three years
* Approximately 300 frauds are perpetrated every hour in/from China
* 12% of all foreign business operating in China are swindled within a year
* 38% of all foreign companies operating in China for 5 years claim to be a victim of at least one scam
* Less than 2% of foreigners prevail in Chinese courts against local scammers
* Although things are improving slightly, only Nigeria is home to more fraudster than China as evidenced by more than 3,000 pending laws suits at the world court.

Sep 17

iPhone 5 Deal Seekers Beware! Fraudsters will be out in force with new release

The iPhone 5 is out and the frenzy to see it, feel it and own it is well under way. But Apple’s not the only one looking to cash in when it hits the virtual store shelves this month. Fraudsters and Internet pirates across the globe are counting on the latest Apple frenzy to help line their pockets too, says McAfee.
iPhone 5 scammers
McAfee has warned that online scammers are expected to be out in full force this month in anticipation of deal-seekers.

Gary Davis, Vice-President, Global Consumer Marketing, McAfee, warns that fraudsters will use the latest iPhone event to send out phishing scams and e-mails with infected links in an effort to extract credit card info and other personal details from unsuspecting consumers.

“When there is a major event like Black Friday, Cyber Money or a much-anticipated Apple product going on sale, it queues up the bad guys to take advantage of all the excitement,” Davis said in a press release issued by McAfee.
How to secure

There are, however, some simple tips to avoid getting scammed when going online to look for the new iPhone, according to Davis:

Go directly to the source. If you receive an e-mail referencing a great deal on the new iPhone, do not click the links in the e-mail but go directly to Apple’s URL and look for that same promotion.

Make sure your security software is updated with the latest patches and upgrades. That is your strongest protection and first line of defence against spyware and viruses.

Be wary of highly-discounted phones. iPhones have consistently been among the most sought-after devices since their release. Chances are you would not be seeing any legitimate “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” offers the first week these phones go on sale, the release said.
Source: McAfee Security

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