Current Status

This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Investment Scam: Direct2EG

It's a relative rarity that I get spam promoting a pyramid investment scam like this. They used to be quite common. My surmise is that the activity has mostly been relegated to discussion forums dedicated to this kind of shonkiness. If the WHOIS data for "" is to be believed, this scam is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- a claim that I find entirely credible. Malaysia isn't the centre of scum and villainy that Nigeria is, but it's high on the list of such places, particularly as regards pyramid investment scams.

In the interests of not promoting this rubbish, I've partially redacted the spammer's affiliate IDs.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: kissou abdoulaye <>
Date: 29-Mar-2007 17:16

I stumbled upon a very interesting website recently. I've been spending some
time going through it and personally, I feel it's a very useful site...I even
learnt a couple of new things!

Just thought it might be useful for you too.

Membership fees is only a one time $20 out of pocket while you can earn passive and residual income  .The more you find prospect the more you achive your dream
In this program you earn money on every level. You'll start making money just after you activate your account!

SPEND $20 in total from your e-gold account to 3 sponsors including $5 to the program administrator for the administration cost of the website. After your payment, you will be redirected to registration page.

  limosine     $7  
  adrien     $5  
  jaguar     $3  

SIGN UP to open an account by filling registration form with your username, email and e-gold account number.

PROMOTE your Direct2EG webpage using your referral link
After you spent $20 in total to 3 sponsors and sign up, you'll get a referral link to "Direct2EG" webpage which your name now becomes the top sponsor.

Promote your webpage. If a new member signs up from your referral link you'll get $7 before this new member can activate his/her account. You don't have to wait until your name reaches 3rd level position to be paid. You'll get the money even if you are still in the first level. You'll start making money just after you activate your account! This makes this program much better then other programs!

Your downlines will do the same thing as you do. Assume that every member gets 30 new member each and your your potential earning:
  1     $7     30     $210  
  2     $5     30 X 30     $4500  
  3     $3     30 X 30 X 30     $81000  
First create an account with e-gold.Please click here
Click on "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" at the left of the menu section
Fill the form .
To fund your e-gold account please click here

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Info: Anatomy of an eBay scam

I ususally report on spam-based scams, so eBay scams aren't my usual cup of tea. My encounters have been primarily with the other side of eBay scamming: the hiring of mules to act as middle-men. For a more in-depth look at the eBay side of the fraud, I recommend the article "Anatomy of an eBay scam" at The Register. It's an abbreviated email exchange between the reporter (posing as an interested buyer) and the scammer.

In this particular scam, an eBay account with a good reputation is hijacked (by phishing the owner for credentials), and an item offered for sale under that identity with instructions to contact the seller via non-eBay channels. When contacted by a buyer, the seller then spoofs mail from eBay instructing the buyer to send payment to an "eBay agent" via Western Union. If the buyer falls for it and sends the money, the scam is complete and successful.

Note that a single fraudulent listing on eBay can be used to scam a large number of potential buyers, since there is no competitive bidding, and no goods are ever shipped. The scammer can just pretend that the goods are available to all who ask, and collect as many payments as possible. The payments could be made through a money mule: the article doesn't spill the beans on the identity of the Western Union recipient, so I can't make an informed guess about the process in this case.


News: Spammed Stocks Suspended

It's nice to have something to report other than the usual stream of job scams over at Suckers Wanted. Sophos is reporting that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily suspended trading on a swag of stocks that were being touted (and touted, and touted) in spam. This seems like a good thing, but I somehow suspect that the miscreants behind the spam will rapidly switch to a bunch of other stocks. I have doubts as to whether this action will yield long term benefits unless the SEC starts reacting quickly to new spams.