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Wednesday 30 June 2010

German language money mule email

Money mule (money laundering) emails are pretty common in English, but this one is in German. It is really no different from any other scam job offer and should be avoided at all costs. In this case, the message solicits replies to a free email address at net.hr.

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:28:14 +0100
From: "Pauline wurth"
Subject: HI

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
wir suchen zur Zeit aktive Mitarbeiter fuer lang und kurzfristige Arbeit in den Bereich Testeinkaufer und Kurier landesweit. Die Stellen sind ab sofort frei und sofort zu belegen.

Sie fragen sich bestimmt wie wir auf Sie aufmerksam geworden sind. Die Bundesagentur fur Arbeit hat uns Ihre Personaldaten ubermittelt, damit wir selbst mit Ihnen in den Kontakt treten konnten. Leider konnen wir auf der Etappe noch nicht eine personalisierte Anwerbung vornehmen und bitten Sie hoflichst um eine Entschuldigung und um Ihr Verstandnis fur die Tatsache, dass wir Sie nicht angerufen haben oder Sie noch nicht bei Ihrem Namen nennen.

Voraussetzungen die Sie mitbringen sollten:

- Computer-Grundkenntnisse Internet, Email, Drucken
- Puenktlichkeit und Genauigkeit
- telefonische erreichbarkeit
- Volljaehrig

Was wir Ihnen bieten:
- Abwechslungsreiche Taetigkeit
- Flexible Arbeitszeiten auch in Teilzeit
- Fortlaufendes Training durch verschiedene Aufgaben
- 5 Tage-Woche
- Urlaubsgeld / Weihnachtsgeld

Die Arbeitszeit betraegt 2-3 Stunden 5 Tage die Woche. Der Verdienst betraegt 1150 Euro pro monat netto. Sie koennen die Taetigkeit auch als Zweit-Beruf ausfuehren. Fuer Rentner sind die Stellen besonders gut geeignet. Ein Firmenfahrzeug stellen wir Ihnen auf Wunsch zur Verfuegung. Weitere Informationen gibt es nach einer kurzen Bewerbung.

Wenn wir Ihr Interesse geweckt haben, dann freuen wir uns auf Ihre Antwort mit kurzen Bewerbungen an unsere Bewerbung-Stelle: denispred@net.hr

which translates roughly as:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are currently looking for active employees for long and short-term work in the area of test purchasing and nationwide couriers. The positions are now free to be filled immediately.

You may wonder why you have heard from us. The Federal Agency for Labour has given us your personal data so that we could contact you directly. Unfortunately we can not at the stage yet to make a personalized recruitment message and ask politely for you to forgive us and for your understanding for the fact that we can not yet address you by name.

You should fulfill the following requirements:

- Basic computer skills Internet, Email, Printing
- Punctuality and precision
- Telephone accessibility
- Age of majority

What we offer:
- Varied activity
- Flexible working hours and part-time
- Ongoing training through various tasks
- 5 day week
- Holiday / Christmas money

The working time is 2-3 hours 5 days a week. The reward is €1150 per month net. You can choose the activity as a second job. Pensioners are particularly well suited to our jobs. A company car can be found on request. Further information is available after a short job application.

If we have aroused your interest, we look forward to your reply with short resumes to our application address: denispred@net.hr

netmps.com scam job offer

Another scam email from a fake company calling itself NetTemps Inc (there are several legitimate companies with similar names though). The job itself is likely to be money laundering or some other illegal activity.

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:28:47 -0300
From: "Crowell1924"
Subject: hiring

Looking for a job? My name is Juliette Barnes, I am a recruiting manager of NetTemps Inc, a recruiting agency for direct-hire, contract, and freelance professionals within various professions.                          
Today I would like introduce some part-time and virtual office vacancies in the spheres of Advertising, Education, Engineering, Finance, Health care, Information technology, Media, Real estate and Transportation.                   
If you are interested to learn more about the jobs offered, please get back to me, providing your name and contact number.                    
We are eager to help you find a better job and improve your career!    
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me on:   
e u r o p e @ n e t m p s . c o m      [please delete spaces in the email address before sending it to us]                           
Yours sincerely,                            
Juliette Barnes  
NetTemps Inc    
WHOIS details are the usual rubbish:

Registrant Name: Maria Varshavskaya
Registrant Organization: NA
Registrant Street1: ul. Elninskaya d.14 k.1 kv.10
Registrant Street2:
Registrant City: Moskva
Registrant State/Province: Moskva
Registrant Postal Code: 121615
Registrant Country: RU
Registrant Phone: 7.4959219347
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX: 7.4959219347
Registrant Email: rabid@fastermail.ru
Admin Name: Maria Varshavskaya
Admin Organization: NA
Admin Street1: ul. Elninskaya d.14 k.1 kv.10
Admin Street2:
Admin City: Moskva
Admin State/Province: Moskva
Admin Postal Code: 121615
Admin Country: RU
Admin Phone: 7.4959219347
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX: 7.4959219347
Admin Email: rabid@fastermail.ru
Billing Name: Maria Varshavskaya
Billing Organization: NA
Billing Street1: ul. Elninskaya d.14 k.1 kv.10
Billing Street2:
Billing City: Moskva
Billing State/Province: Moskva
Billing Postal Code: 121615
Billing Country: RU
Billing Phone: 7.4959219347
Billing Phone Ext.:
Billing FAX: 7.4959219347
Billing Email: rabid@fastermail.ru
Tech Name: Maria Varshavskaya
Tech Organization: NA
Tech Street1: ul. Elninskaya d.14 k.1 kv.10
Tech Street2:
Tech City: Moskva
Tech State/Province: Moskva
Tech Postal Code: 121615
Tech Country: RU
Tech Phone: 7.4959219347
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX: 7.4959219347
Tech Email: rabid@fastermail.ru
Name Servers:

Plus a few related evil domains to avoid

  • loopcool.net
  • netmps.com
  • netpts.org
  • nettempsin.co.uk
  • nettes.org
  • nettms.eu
  • nettms.net
  • nettps.net
  • growthire.com
You can read more on this particular bogus job offer here, here and here.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Virus / Malware on Nokia.com / miisolutions.net

Nokia.com appears to have been compromised through a third-party script:

europe.nokia.com (e.g. hxxp:||europe.nokia.com/support/download-software/nokia-pc-suite) ->
nokia.tt.omtrdc.net ->
omniture-nokia.secure.miisolutions.net ->

Details on the general attack can be found here. It appears that miisolutions.net has had malicious code injected into the script, rather than it being Nokia.com itself that has been hacked.At the time of writing the malicious code is still present.

Update: the infected page at miisolutions.net has been taken down.

Wednesday 16 June 2010


An old scam, pretty much the flipside of the usual Advanced Fee Fraud. This one preys upon innocent victims by accusing them of money laundering, but the details don't pan out. Quite apart from the ridiculous proposition and free email addresses used, phrases like "shady", "waded in", "graft" and exclamation marks are something you would never expect to see in an official communication from law enforcement. Besides, I really don't think that the FBI email you if they suspect you are up to terrorist activities..

From: Anti Graft.
Reply-to: antiterrorist.crimesdiv.2010@megafastmail.com
date    16 June 2010 09:37

Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
FBI-Washington Field Office
601 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20535
Website: www.fbi.gov
Phone: 202-595-1344


It has been discovered that your contract/inheritance/winning FUND was about being transferred to an unknown account under your name. This attempt was perpetrated by someone who claims to be working for you, and that you have given him due authority to have the FUND moved to the account specified below:

ABA/ROUTING NUMBER: 1220-41-21-9

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) waded in after being alerted by the supposed bank. We investigated and found that there is a possible money laundering activity in play.The FUND US$10,500,000.00(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) was found to be deposited in Bank of America in your name pending your consent to have it transferred to the new account indicated above. It was further revealed that initial FUND transfer originated from Nigeria to England and now here in Bank of America in USA.

These transfers did not follow due process in line with the international FUND transfer rules and regulation.Consequently,we suspect this be a terrorism funding, drug related fund deposit and/or money laundering. As stated above, the FUND has your name on it; and you must have it cleared of any connection with any of these illegal activities.Be informed that FAILURE to have this cleared out will attract a JAIL TERM.We will not hesitate to visit the full weight of the law upon you if you do not clear this fund.There is every indication that you are involved in this shady deal.

Finally, you are expected to have the CLEARANCE DOCUMENT obtain from where the FUND originated from to have you and your fund cleared. Only then shall we release your FUND as clean money devoid of any illegality, and you will be free of any involvement. To this end, you are to contact Mr. Peter Anderson of the Anti Graft Department of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (E.F.C.C.) Nigeria and have the DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SEAL of TRANSFER (DIST) CLEARANCE DOCUMENT obtained. Contact him through this direct email address:efccantigraft.nigeria@megafastmail.com,Direct Line:+234 8028493286 Note that you have 72hrs to obtain this crucial Documentation.

This has to be cleared!

You are warned!

Faithfully Yours
Robert S. Mueller III
FBI Director
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
FBI-Washington Field Office
601 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20535

Tuesday 15 June 2010

west-vacancy.com scam

This email from a wholly fake company called west-vacancy.com is really recruiting for a money laundering job or something very similar. The domain itself was registered just a few days ago to a no-doubt fake registrant. Mail is handled by Google, there is no website but in this case the email originated from in Russia.

Date: 15 June 2010 12:32
Subject: vacancy number 358

I introduce a large multinational enterprise the co-worker of the HR department of which I am. Our company has been working in different fields, such as:
- companies setting-up
- companies winding-up
- opening accounts in Europe
- etc.

We need employees in Europe:
- salary 2.400 euro + bonus
- 1 - 2 working hours per day
- free timetable

If you are interested in this job, please, send us your contact information: Cornell@west-vacancy.com
Mobile phone-number:

Be informed! Candidates from Europe are needed only

Please, write your Telephone Number and our manager will contact you to conduct an interview.
For what it is worth, these are the registrant details of the fake domain:

Domain name: west-vacancy.com

Name servers:

    Aleksandr Lapatau
    Email: lapatasker@earthling.net
    Organization: Private person
    Address: Lenina, 34, 8
    City: Minsk
    State: Minskaya
    ZIP: 456123
    Country: BY

Monday 14 June 2010

Terminally confused 419er

This is just a straight advanced fee fraud scam, but the scammer seems to want to through in the names of Yahoo, Nokia AND Microsoft into the same fraudulent pitch. Just to add overkill, it's from a "Reverend" too, which a bunch of email addresses which are frankly all over the shop. Oh yes, the originating IP is Argentina of all places.

From: CONGRATULATION FROM YAHOO COMPANY THAILAND <lotto_officethai2@btinternet.com>
Reply-to: revralphdelahay@w.cn
Date: 14 June 2010 13:28
Microsoft Award Team.
 108 SIAM ROAD.,
 BANGKOK, 10400,
 Batch: 12/25/0340

 Dear Winner

 This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of $2,000,000,00 (Two Million United state dollars) for the Edition 2010 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO  LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select ten people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we Congratulate you for being one of the people selected.


 You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to facilitate the protocol of your winning prize before the expiry date of Claim; Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. These are your identification numbers:

 Batch number....................12/25/0340
 Ref number.......................Ref: MSN-L/200-26937
 Winning number...................YM09788

 You are therefore advised to send the following information to  to this office so that we facilitate the claims of your prize to you.

 1. Full name.............
 2. Country..............
 3. Contact Address........
 4. Telephone Number.....
 5. Marital Status........
 6. Occupation.............
 7. Company...............
 8. Age.....................

 Please Note:
 Your Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

 Congratulations!! Once again.

 Yours in service,
 (Operation Manager)
 Yahoo International Promotion Center

 Email: thailand.lotto@yahoo.com
 Bangkok 10400
 Kingdom of Thailand

Phishtank FAIL: hsbcnet.com / hsbc.net

hsbcnet.com is a valid and legitimate website belonging to HSBC. Traffic is redirected to this site from hsbc.net. The site itself is hosted on AS26381 which is delegated to an HSBC subsiduary called Household International from Verizon. The hsbcnet.com  was registered in 1998 to a registrant with an hsbc.com web address:

   One HSBC Center
   Floor 21 - HTS eBusiness
   Buffalo, NY 14203

   Domain Name: HSBCNET.COM

   Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
      Fischer, Chuck  charles.fischer -at- us.hsbc.com
      HSBC Bank USA
      One HSBC Bank
      eBusiness, 21st Floor
      Buffalo,, NY 14203
      (716) 841-2075 fax: (716) 841-5022

   Record expires on 04-Dec-2010.
   Record created on 04-Dec-1998.
   Database last updated on 14-Jun-2010 04:41:11 EDT.

   Domain servers in listed order:


It's clearly not a phishing site, and yet Phishtank say that it is.

Now, Phishtank does just allow any old user to mark a site as phishing. In this case, the site was submitted by a user called dvk01  and then verified by SEVEN other people as a phish - stuartgrant knack NotBuyingIt cybercrime marcoadfox Aminof theGeezer - although some people have said that it isn't. As a result of this faulty groupthink, 71% of reports say that this legitimate site is a phish.

This false positive has now filtered down to OpenDNS and a number of other blocking services (e.g. Sophos) that are now erroneously blocking access to HSBC.

Don't get me wrong, Phishtank and other similar service can be very useful. But in this case it shows that Phishtank's verification process really doesn't work.. as any actual examination of the web site in question would surely identify is as legitimate.

Wednesday 2 June 2010

"llona Timofeeva" scam

There are probably lots of people called llona Timofeeva who are perfectly trustworthy, but this job offer from a "llona Timofeeva" is not.. and it is almost definitely a made up name. So if you are llona Timofeeva, then this is probably not about you.

From: Illona Timofeeva
Date: 2 June 2010 20:04
Subject: Part-time job

My name is Illona Timofeeva, I am Director of an EastEuropean humane society S_O_S.
We have organized an animal shelter providing veterinary services, management and sterilization.
A lot of our pets have been adopted and taken care of. But now we are facing difficulties
with acceptance of donations and contributions for our shelter in your region,
that is why we are looking for a manager of our corporate account in UK.
This is a part-time job offer which would not interfere with your day job.
You may earn as much as P3,000 per month or more. In case you are interested in this offer,
we look forward to receiving your CV or brief information about yourself to our email HumaneSociety_sos@lavabit.com    
We shall write you back as soon as possible and state the terms of this job offer.

Sincerely yours,
Illona Timofeeva
SOSHumane Society
What is it? Well, it's a straightforward money laundering scam using the hook of cute, fluffy and defenceless animals to get you interested. Avoid.

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Another spam using BonBon.net for replies

There have been a stack of fake job offers soliciting replies to a BonBon.net email address lately. These emails don't actually come from BonBon.net, but they are seeking a reply to a mailbox using that domain.

I was unfamiliar with this mail service, but a bit of research shows that it belongs to HotPOP who have been around since 1998 and have a pretty good anti-spam policy and seem to be a pretty decent bunch.. so my advice is that if you get a spam trying to get you to reply to BonBon.net then forward a copy to abuse -at - hotpop.com.

From: Emilio Richardson
Date: 1 June 2010 02:40
Subject: Vacancy
Req'd Education: High School
Citizenship or Work-Visa: YES
Base Pay: 72,000/year
Employee Type: Part-Time/Home-Based
Bonus: Yes


If you want to work in a strong developing team, in which you can feel like in your family, this  position is for you! Our company is looking for local customer service managers. You will have good career opportunities and will enjoy friendly working atmosphere of our team.

High School required. PC and Internet, MS Office or compatible. Must have strong writing and communication skills.

To Apply:
Forward your contact details back ONLY to our e-mail:  manager03ltd@BonBon.net

 and wait for response next 24h - 48h. Resume-containing only.
This really is just another Money Mule operation or similar, avoid at all costs.