Friday, December 28, 2012

Housing - Rental Scam

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My ongoing search for suitable housing has been a nightmare to say the least, and I've encountered numerous liars and crooks along the way... mostly found through Craigslist. Here's a typical example of how the thieves operate:

Messages sent from:

FRED: Thank you for your prompt response, I will like to inform you that the house mine,we just have a new job in Oregon where we are presently now...I and my wife wanted to sell the house before leaving, but we decided  to let it out for rent.Our home is available for 5 years, how many month do you wish to rent our home? pls let me know asap if you will love to live in our home. Regard. Fred Hammond

Hello, I need a home to rent for 1 year. How much are you asking?

Friday, December 21, 2012 Hacked?

This is only a preliminary warning. I don't have the time to investigate further.

It appears the website was attacked.

This morning I spotted evidence of tampering on these pages:


Examining page source revealed malicious code:
script language="JavaScript">var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array('9091968376','8887918192818786347374918784939277359287883421333333338896','877886888787','949990793917947998942577939317'),l=x.length;while(++a<=l){m=x[l-a];
t='';}}x[l-a]=z;}document.write('<'+x[0]+' '+x[4]+'>.'+x[2]+'{'+x[1]+'}</'+x[0]+'>');

Where we will do is definitely of being accepted your eligibility.....


The code included links to the following sites:

The above Phishing sites offer easy payday loans as bait. Do not visit them as they may also contain malware. All of them appear to be hosted by

Monday, July 30, 2012

Target Gift Card SMiShing Scam

I just received a text message prompting me to visit and enter the "winning code" they sent, to claim a free $500 Target gift card.

Message sent from #1 440-752-4372 (Ohio area code)

I visited (through a secure proxy of course) and it appears virtually everyone who visits this site is a winner! I can assure you is not affiliated with the real Target corporation.

Domain info for
Registrar Internet.BS Corp info

This is probably a phishing attack, not just spam. In this case it's called "SMiShing". Smishing attacks are on the rise, says the BBB, and that "Many of these messages come with embedded links that can ultimately spread viruses to the phone if clicked."

According to the Charleston Gazette, "The text message provides a link to a fake Target website where recipients can "claim the prize" by entering personal information such as their name, address and social security number."

This attack isn't only aimed at Target customers, because I've never given Target my cell number, and I haven't heard anything about a Target website related database breach or hack. [Edit: Oh yes there was a huge Target database hack - revealed many months after this post]

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Google Financial Agent Position Scam


Internet & phone scammers are posing as Google employees, claiming to offer jobs as financial agents for Google. This is common wire fraud - Employment scam - Third party receiver of funds scam, same as in my previous post; Driver Wanted.

Again these crooks contacted me in response to an ad I'd posted in the resume/job wanted section of Craigslist. Email sent from: "Carl Lagger" :

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Personal Driver 419 Scam - Craigslist

Job Seekers.

I've received a number of emails from foreign "businessmen"  and "professionals" claiming to need a personal driver during their visit to the USA. Usually they want me to meet them up at the airport, and they say they'll pay for the vehicle or rental car. In exchange for my personal driver services, they're offering the kind of money only strippers and lawyers make.

This is common advance-payment / overpayment scam.
Basically works like this:

1. You agree to be their driver and give them your name & address.

2. They quickly mail you a bogus check. It'll probably be a cashiers check for several thousand dollars.

3. Once you've deposited the check in your account, the scammers say they accidentally overpaid you, or their plans changed and they no longer require your services, but they want their money back. They want you to wire either a portion or the full sum of the fake check back to them or to someone else, for whatever bullshit reason they give. They might also threaten you with a lawsuit or say they'll call the cops if you don't immediately wire the cash.

4. You wire the money (western union, moneygram) to the requested recipient.

5. The phony check they sent eventually bounces and you're left holding the bag. Whatever money you sent is gone forever, your bank will hold you liable, and you might face criminal charges or be investigated for check fraud.

These predators might also try to get your banking info and password, to directly e-deposit the money instead of mail a paper check. Then steal every last penny in your bank account, and probably steal your identity as well, and make all kinds of expensive purchases in your name.
If you gave them your name and Social Security number, it might already be too late.

The most recent scam mail of this kind came from "Kevin Stark"

"Dear Applicant,
How are you doing today? Thanks for responding back. I am Kevin and
I am based in England and i am a business man and will be coming to
the United States for a business trip,and my stay will last for 10 days
(June 3th to June 12th), I need a personal driver who will drive me to
and from my destination during this 10days. I will provide the vehicle
and Gas which will be used for this purpose. My conditions are as follows:

1: Applicants must possess a valid drivers license
2: Applicants must be good and careful driver
3: You Must dress well/ No dress code
4: Salary is $400 daily
5: Willing to work 5 days of the week from M - F (8am-4pm)...Holiday's
6:Your Full name:
Address : ( no po box) only street address
City , State,  Zip code :
Your phone number: (Cell and Home)

You can reach me directly on my cell any time ( +447045764619 ) but I will appreciate your swift response in replying back as soon as possible so i can be sure you want the job and can let you know my travel Itinerary.

Kevin Stark."

More recent emails sent from:
"Sarah Bell" -
"A 2008 Honda Accord car will be provided for you to drive ... I'll be sending a Certified Check and it will be delivered to you via FedEx Courier Service"... bla bla blahh...