One of the categories of job scam is the one where you are asked to pay a fee to get a work-at-home kit, or some kind of useful information on how to work at home. Any kind of up-front fee or need for a credit card should make you think "likely scam" without further ado. The good news is that some legal action is being taken against these scammers: the FTC has just announced seven new cases being brought against businesses using allegedly deceptive and illegal techniques to sell "job opportunities" of various sorts. You can read the FTC press release, or a nice summary at Sunbelt blog.
Good news for a change: one of the major sources of fraudulent cheques (checks) in the USA has been shut down and ordered to hand over their revenues. Qchex offered a service whereby anyone could have cheques printed for any bank account, but the service made no attempt to verify that the person placing the order had any authority to do so. I hope this puts a significant dent in cheque fraud, but it's too much to hope that it will eliminate the problem completely.
Posted by Spotter at 11:19
I don't usually report this kind of thing, but it's hot off the press and at least somewhat novel, so here it is. Some miscreant has just registered the domain name mmswirelessweb.com, and is spamming everyone with notifications that they have received an MMS from someone. This notification uses Verizon Wireless branding, but this is just a rip-off: Verizon is not involved in any way. Clicking on the link will prompt you to install a piece of software that is, of course, malware.
Domain Name: MMSWIRELESSWEB.COM Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com Name Server: YNS1.YAHOO.COM Name Server: YNS2.YAHOO.COM Updated Date: 16-nov-2008 Creation Date: 16-nov-2008 Expiration Date: 16-nov-2009
If you have allowed this software to be installed on your computer, you should assume that your computer is badly compromised and disconnect it from the Internet until it can be repaired by an expert.
Posted by Spotter at 05:46
I recommend against clicking on any of the following links, since they go to a known hostile site at the time of posting.
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 XX:XX:XX -0500 we received a third party complaint of invalid domain contact information in the Whois database for this domain Whenever we receive a complaint, we are required by ICANN regulations to initiate an investigation as to whether the contact data displaying in the Whois database is valid data or not. If we find that there is invalid or missing data, we contact both the registrant and the account holder and inform them to update the information.
The contact information for the domain which displayed in the Whois database was indeed invalid. On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 XX:XX:XX -0500 we sent a notice to you at the admin/tech contact email address and the account email address informing you of invalid data in breach of the domain registration agreement and advising you to update the information or risk cancellation of the domain. The contact information was not updated within the specified period of time and we canceled the domain. The domain has subsequently been purchased by another party. You will need to contact them for any further inquiries regarding the domain.
PLEASE VERIFY YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION - http://www.enom.com
If you find any invalid contact information for this domain, please respond to this email with evidence of the specific contact information you have found to be invalid on the Whois record for the domain name. Examples would be a bounced email or returned postal mail. If you have a bounced email, please attach or forward with your reply or in the case of returned postal mail, scan the returned letter and attach to your email reply or please send it to:
Attn: Domain Services 14455 N Hayden Rd Suite 219 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
LINK TO CHANGE INFORMATION - http://www.enom.com
Posted by Spotter at 04:12