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.

2008-01-11

Alert: Beware Barbara Moratek of the Ivete Foundation

Sunbelt Blog is reporting a strange synergy between what appears to be a Nigerian scam variant and malware pushers. They report that there is spam circulating which claims to be from one "Barbara Moratek" of the "Ivete Foundation". The spam itself is relatively innocuous -- it may be a lead-up to some kind of advance fee fraud or cheque forgery scam, but that's all. If you do a Google search for those names, however, you'll get a lot of hits on sites which contain malware in the form of fake audio/video codecs.

Is this conspiracy, or coincidence? It's hard to say, but it's a new development either way, so far as I'm aware.

5 comments:

OnlytheFacts said...

These scammers seem to be getting more creative in finding new ways to scam people one way or the other. Combining their scam email's with malicious viruses to gain control or completely ruin your computer in what looks like a harmless link they want you to click is very scary indeed.

I posted the email I received for this very reason over at InternetPhishingScams where they took it upon themselves to add their own line in the footer saying "this email has already been scanned by Norton and NO Virus found"

Scary stuff for who ever decides to open it.

Nice Blog BTW.

mujahid uddin miya said...

hotel hilton london
hi, this is MR. MUJAHID UDDIN MIYA.I am from kathmandu,Nepal.Recently I received a mail from SIR EDWARD LANCE.He says that he is a C,E,O of HOTEL HILTON LONDON.He send me a mail like this which i would like to share all the people who are cheated by like this kind of person.So that people around the world who are poor like me understand and aware from these fraud people.This EDWARD LANCE ID IS > edward_hiltonhotel@yahoo.co.uk
BEWARE OF THIS EMAIL ID.
his mail is like this below.
HOTEL HILTON LONDON.
H.H.L........ UK
DATE>14,07,2008
ATTENTION
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE MENTIONED HOTEL OFFERED YOU A JOB IN THE POSITION OF TO WORK IN SALES DEPARTMENT,YOUR APPINTMENT WILL BE OF 3 YEARS, AND YOU ARE ENTITLED WITH A YEARLY ANUAL LEAVE--------
YOUR SALARY STARTS WITH A MONTHLY PAY PACKAGE OF 2,800 BRITISH POUND'S STERLINGS,AND YOUR PROMOTION WILL COME AFTER YOUR SIX MONTHS OF APPOINTMENT BASED ON YOUR HARD WORKING AND HONESTY.
YOUR WORKING PERMIT OF 3 YEARS IS EXTENDABLE AFTER THE EXPIRATION'S BASED ON YOUR HARD WORKING AND YOUR OWN DESIRES TOO.
YOU WILL BE OFFERED A FREE ACCOMODATION, FREE FEEDING, MEDICAL TREATMENT,A FREE FLIGHT TICKET.
BEING THAT I AM A SENIOR UK CITIZEN, I WILL USE MY INFLUENCE TO RECOMMEND YOU TO THE SENIOR OFFICER INCHARGE IN UK, CONSULATE INDIA WHO WILL ALSO USE HIS OWN INFLUENCES TO MAKE YOUR VISA BE PROCESSED VERY URGENTLY TO ENABLE YOU TO BE LONDON FAST.
THE CONTACT NO. AND PRIVATE E-MAILS OF THE SENIOR DIPLOMAT IN UK,CONSULATE INDIA IS, 0091-9930816769, OFFICE> clair_ukhc@diplomats.com
I HAVE SENT A RECOMMENDATION MAIL TO HIM ON YOUR FAVOUR THROUGH THOSE TWO-EMAILS ADDRESSES AND ALSO GIVEN HIM A CALL TO INFORM HIM AND HE HAS AGREED TO OFFER AN ASSISTANT TO YOUR REGARDING YOUR URGENT VISA.
BASED ON YOUR COMPLIANCE AS IN FOLLOWING HIS INSTRUCTIONS,
YOU KNOW THAT UK, VISA WORLD WIDE TODAY IS BEING GIVEN ON MERITS, DUE TO THE RECENT TERRORISTS ALERTS ALL OVER THE GLOBE.

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR QUICK RESPONSE.
FROM,
SIR EDWARD
00447024093337
NOTE: YOU HAVE TO BE FAST TO CONTACT DIPLOMAT CLAIR AS I TOLD YOU TO BE ENABLE HIM PROCESS FOR THE VISA.
MAKE SURE YOUR VISA WORK STARTS AND DON'T FAIL TO GIVE ME FEEDBACK.

viji said...

"Alert: Beware in name of SIR GRAHAM BAMFORD of the ROYAL . GARDEN .HOTEL. LONDON"

These scammers seem to be getting more creative in finding new ways to scam people one way or the other.

By this mail receipts,...
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL HAS OFFERED YOU A JOB IN THE POSITION OF TO WORK IAS( WEB DESIGNER ) YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL BE FOR THE PERIOD OF 3YEARS,AND YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A YEARLY ANNUAL LEAVE...

YOUR SALARY STARTS WITH A MONTHLY PAY PACKAGE OF 3,500 BRITISH POUNDS STERLING'S,AND YOUR PROMOTION WILL COME AFTER YOUR SIX MONTHS OF APPOINTMENT BASED ON YOUR HARD WORKING& HONESTY,
YOUR WORKING PERMIT OF 3 YEARS IS EXTEND ABLE AFTER THE EXPIRATION'S BASED ON YOUR HARD WORKING AND YOUR OWN DESIRES TOO.
YOU WILL BE OFFERED A FREE ACCOMMODATION,FREE FEEDING,MEDICAL TREATMENT,A FREE FLIGHT TICKET,

BEING THAT I AM A UK SENIOR CITIZEN,I WILL USE MY INFLUENCE TO RECOMMEND YOU TO THE SENIOR OFFICER IN CHARGE IN UK,CONSULATE INDIA WHO WILL ALSO USE HIS OWN INFLUENCES TO MAKE YOUR VISA BE PROCESSED VERY URGENTLY TO ENABLE YOU BE IN LONDON FAST ,
THE CONTACT NUMBER AND PRIVATE E-MAILS OF THE SENIOR DIPLOMAT IN UK,CONSULATE INDIA IS, 0091 9930756572 , OFFIC ton.clair@yahoo.co.uk & diptonclair@yahoo.co.uk
I HAVE SENT A RECOMMENDATION MAIL TO HIM ON YOUR FAVOUR THROUGH THOSE TWO E-MAIL ADDRESSES AND ALSO GIVEN HIM A CALL TO INFORM HIM AND HE HE HAS AGREED TO OFFER AN ASSISTANT TO YOU REGARDING YOUR URGENT VISA, BASED ON YOUR COMPLIANCE AS IN FOLLOWING HIS INSTRUCTIONS,
YOU KNOW THAT UK,VISA WORLDWIDE TODAY IS BEING GIVEN ON MERITS,DUE TO THE RECENT TERRORISTS ALERTS ALL OVER THE GLOBE,

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR QUICK RESPONSE.

SIR GRAHAM BAMFORD,
GENERAL MANAGER
ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL LONDON
TEL + 447024052709 + 447024075816

NOTE: YOU HAVE TO BE FAST TO CONTACT DIPLOMAT TON CLAIR AS I TOLD YOU TO ENABLE HIM PROCESS FOR THE VISA
MAKE SURE YOUR VISA WORK STARTS AND DON'T FAIL TO GIVE ME FEEDBACK

Do any one to stop these people scammers,..and no buddy in this world,...

Raja said...

Thanks a Mujahid uddin miya, i too got an E-mail like, thanks god i saw your post, if i have had not seen it, i might havebelieved it, thanksfor your kindness............

Komal Taneja said...

These people did same wd me nd these r calling me again n again nd these r making me to trust dm nd try to convince ma that these r not fake....
Pls help