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Here's a blog on masquerading emails that are scams or phishing (identity theft) or are infected with worms/viruses.

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1Email Scam: [G-Spam] PAYMENT APPROVAL DEPARTMENT
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] PAYMENT APPROVAL DEPARTMENT 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:60.250.33.144 
Message:
AFRICA FINANCIAL WATCHDOG
PAYMENT APPROVAL DEPARTMENT
Regional Hq. Accra, Ghana

FROM THE DESK OF FOREIGN OPERATIONS

Attn: Beneficiary,

We are contacting you over the transfer of your fund. Few days ago we got a report from a reputable bank here about a lady who claimed to be your business partner submitted to the foreign department of the bank, a death certificate and a sworn affidavit stating you are dead.

The lady was directed to us for clearance After serious questioning, we suspect these documents could be falsified,hence we decide to contact you immediately. You are expected to get back to this office as quickly as possible and failure to get update from you in the next 5 working days, it means these documents are genuine and we will mandate bank to proceed with them.

If you are alive and ignorant of the death certificate and sworn affidavit, you should contact us immediately. We asked the lady to come back in 3 days time. On your confirmation to us that you are still alive, the lady will be arrested and prosecuted for fraud.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. John Attoh Hovis. 
2Email Scam: [G-Spam] Achtung Gewinner!!!
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Achtung Gewinner!!! 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:194.228.146.38 
Message:
Anspruch Information!!!

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch an Ihnen, wir teilen Ihnen mit diese email die Ergebnisse der Europaische International Lotterie 2017 Promotion. Wir sind glucklich Ihnen mitzuteilen das Ihre E-Mail Addresse gezogen worden ist und Sie der Gewinner von EURO 265,000 Euros ( zweihundertundfunfsechszigtausendeuro) sind. ACHTUNG: Um Ihr Gewinn in Anspruch zu nehmen, kontaktieren Sie bitte die Zahlungsabteilung per E-Mail oder per Telefon.

Kontakt Person: Herr Ben Javier
Tel: +34604203691
EMAIL: (claimo7@aim.com)

Beachten Sie bitte das Promotions Datum, die Referenz und Losnummer. Denken Sie bitte daran, bei allen Korrespondenz mit Ihrem Bearbeiter (Herr Ben Javier) diese Nummern anzugeben.

Losnummer: SUTO/980/TWM/EU
Lotterie Ref. Nr:345/003/SP/45
Ticket Nr: WRNM/SMI/5990
Lucky Nr: 1 0-23-44-72-80
Serien Nr: MUOTI/82536
Lotterie Datum:15th/03/2017

Ihren Namen:
Telefon Nummer:
Handy Nummer:
Ihr Alter, Geschlecht:
Ihr Beruf:

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch nochmals von allen unseren Mitarbeiter und danke das Sie vertrauen an dieses E-Mail Lotterie Promotion Programm haben

Mit freundlichen Grussen

Frau Ana Mariam 
3Email Scam: [G-Spam] RE: I NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] RE: I NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:103.49.135.117 
Message:
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mrs.J.V the Administrative manager at a vault of financial & security Institute in Madrid, I am contacting you as regards an abandoned sum of $14.9 Million Us dollars (Fourteen million nine hundred thousand United State dollars) in our safe deposit vault, that belongs to one of our foreign customers that share the same surname with you, who died along with his entire family on the 11th march 2009 in a ghastly motor accident in Porto Portugal.

The banking policy can only allow the release of such funds to a benefactor through an application as next of kin to the deceased. After his death, the bank has been expecting a possible beneficiary, but nobody came for the claim, this institute has exploited all its ethical possibilities in other to contact possible relation or inheritor, but no success, I have made my own research with the help of private investigator, it is my knowledge that this man has been living in Barcelona for the past 19 years and has never returned back home. I also leant that his wife and 7 year old daughter died with him during this accident, however because of the international financial crises, a lot of reform has been made within the Spanish financial system; this includes the new law on succession/claims which indicates a duration in which such inheritance could be tolerated,

Upon your acceptance to partner with me, I urge you to please kindly get back to me with your direct contact details for further details via my email address: jessica_vivian@aol.com on how you and me can make a claim to the funds in question. I GUARANTEE you that this process would be executed under a legitimate and risk free arrangement. Thanks as I wait to hear from you as soon as you receive this proposal e-letter.

Best Regard,
Mrs.J V
EMAIL: jessica_vivian@aol.com 
4Email Scam:
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject: 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:217.174.238.14 
Message:
Your mailbox is almost full.

Dear larry@newlook.com.sg
3840MB
4096MB

Current size
Maximum size

Upgrade your mailbox Disk-space. Click here to Upgrade Disk- space automatically.

Thanks,

Mail System Administrator

(C) 2017 larry@newlook.com.sg

________________________________________________________
Editor note:

The actual URL in this email is:
http://mymehru.id/dc/all/d/mailbox/domain/index.php?email=larry@newlook.com.sg

This is the scammer`s website, not website !

The domain in use is mymehru.id (more...) 
5Email Scam: [G-Spam] Dear Beloved
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Dear Beloved 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:41.57.124.60 
Message:
I would like to work with you to carry out a promise i made to God by willing all that have to the charity. Get back to me for more details via my private email: williamsjosse962@gmail.com God bless You 
6Email Scam: Australian Taxation Office.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:Australian Taxation Office. 
Attachment:myGov.html
Sender IP:116.50.18.100 
Message:
This is a message from the myGov Team to larry@geromail.com.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund.

Please download the application form attached to this email and fill it in order for us to process your tax refund.

To learn more about myGov and our commitment to your security and privacy, please go to our website and check out the 'Security' and 'Privacy' sections.
Thank you

Message reference: AU778 
7Email Scam: I never forget you
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:I never forget you 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:85.206.53.226 
Message:
I never forget you

How are you with your family? I hope fine. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds from BOA ( Bank of America ) transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from China, Presently I'm in China, meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how, Now contact my secretary in United States of America through him e-mail id miracleesands@gmail.com ask him to send you the Bank Draft worth's the sum of ($980,000.00 US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this transaction, I believe that this sum as your own share will go a long way to help you,so feel free and get in touch with my secretary, he will send the Bank Draft to you in your country via courier service delivery company.

Thanking You.
Your Friend. 
8Email Scam: [G-Spam] Please Read..
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Please Read.. 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:104.47.38.224 
Message:
I have good news for you, please reply back for details.

Thanks
Dave 
9Email Scam: [G-Spam] From Robert Karofsky
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] From Robert Karofsky 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:195.88.51.168 
Message:
Dear friend,

I have an opportunity now in my bank that will benefit both of us. £18,500,000 million pounds sterling was abandoned by my deceased customer late Mr.Ronald Bramlage, a businessman who died in a plane crash with his entire family. I will use my position as the head of the bank to give your necessary information/documents if you work with me so that we will get and share the money 55/45. We will finish it and get the money in your bank account within 8 working days. Send me the details below so that I will upload your details into my bank's database as the official heir to the and give you further instruction.

Reply to my private email: mr.robert_karofsky@yahoo.com

(1) name:
(2) address:
(3) Tel:
(4) age:
(5) gender:
{6) occupation status:

Thanks as you send your details to ensure our success in this once in a life time opportunity.

Friendly greetings,
Mr.Robert Karofsky 
10Email Scam: [G-Spam] Good day
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Good day 
Attachment:d241o.jpg
Sender IP:200.87.106.173 
Message:
Hello my dear how are you, I am Miss Gracie Anderson I would like to be your friend. It takes two to TANGLE and make a trail of friendship. I would have to know more about you and i am sending a picture of my self to you already. I would love to receive an email from you, telling me more about yourself and some photos of you as well. I am HONEST and PASSIONATE, NICE and FAITHFUL as well. Love hearing from you.
We can then pursue this further on through email: gracieanderson1980@gmail.com 
11Email Scam: [G-Spam] Dear, customer
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Dear, customer 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:153.149.230.23 
Message:
Dear, customer

We have deposited the check of your fund ($3.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Mr.Terry Gorge.He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs.Joy Udeoma has sent $5000 in your name today MTCN 0247581662 in your name so contact

Mr. Terry Gorge
Email...westernunion7407@gmail.com
Telephone...+22968894462

As soon as you receive this email ask him to guideline you on how to to pick up the first payment of $5000. 
12Email Scam: [G-Spam] Re: We wish to engage your services.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Re: We wish to engage your services. 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:190.202.81.87 
Message:
This is my third attempt to reach you via email. I was specifically requested to contact you in account of your striking professional record. Having gone through the lines and now convinced of your credibility, I am writing under the instruction of my superiors, who are members of the economic planning commission of Bahrain.

We wish to engage your services for a task/contract in your locale and would like to confirm if you are still dutifully active in your career. If interested, kindly confirm your current status so we may provide complete details upon reading from you.

--
Regards,

Rasheed A. Al-Jowder
Member
Foreign Economic Relations Directorate (FERD)
Building 100, Road 1702, Block 317,
P.O Box 333,
Diplomatic Area
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Email: rasheedbabdula@gmail.com 
13Email Scam: GATE
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:GATE 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:104.47.36.75 
Message:
Gate Finance

Gate is a non governmental and non profit organisation that is sponsored by the united nations, the international monetary fund and the government of the united states.it is an organisation aimed at promoting individuals, small, medium and big businesses by providing aids for their growth in other to help the economy of the world. It has been actively granting aids in africa and europe since it was founded in 2013 in the united states of America.

HOW TO APPLY
Indiviuals, organisations and companies duely identified by their country must indicate interest through gatefinance001@gmail.com for grants with a proposal of what the grant will be used for.

Regards,

John Anderson. 
14Email Scam: [G-Spam] Re Urgent business investment 10/03/17!
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Re Urgent business investment 10/03/17! 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:24.204.61.20 
Message:
Sir, compliments of the season, *PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND MY EMAIL.* I am Mohammad Gaddaffi and my family and I are hiding on political asylum somewhere. For your personal information, my family has a big family treasure for investment for the benefit of my family and yours too. 30% of the family treasure will be your entitlement for your help. Write me back for more information, while you make sure to be very confidential with this all important issue. Regards, Mohammad. 
15Email Scam: [G-Spam] Mrs Veronica Bright
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Mrs Veronica Bright 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:91.222.138.74 
Message:
Mrs. Veronica Bright
Bank Of East Asia USA(NA)
San Gabriel Branch
168 West Valley Boulevard,
San Gabriel, CA 91776, USA

Greetings Friend,

You may wonder why I am reaching out to you in spite of friends that I have known for years, the singular reason is that I have by the very nature of this proposition and the required confidentiality decided to deal with a person that I have not known before so that we can develop the trust and execute this transaction without a third person knowing.I would not have used this medium (Internet) but I chose to reach you through it because it is the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication.

However, this correspondence is un-official and private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of.

I am Mrs. Veronica Bright of The Bank of East Asia USA, San Gabriel Branch, California (USA) I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this transaction. The Management and the Legal department of our bank in a recent meeting recommended that the account of MR. DAVID ANGELLl, who was one of my branch depositors, should be declared Dormant, confiscated and the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury according to American Banking and financial law.

Mr. David Angell and the wife died in world trade center as a victim of the September 11,2001 incident that befell the United States of America. The bank has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives to claim this money but without success.

MR. DAVID ANGELL is an account holder in my branch; he owns a dollar account with the sum of 3.2M (Three Million, two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) deposited in a Secret account with my branch .In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the account holder nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim,this is because he has the account as a secret account thus he left all the documents for the deposit with me. The wife whom he signed in as his next of kin died with him on that fateful and sad day.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in. I want you to come in as the relation of the deceased; I will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the application and then effect the approvals for the transfer of the funds, I will be the one to provide the vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it.

Please include your telephone/fax number/ Home address when replying this mail and I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. I will use my positions to get all internal documentations to back up the claims. Do not be bothered that you are not related in any way to him as I am in position to affix your name as the next of kin. The whole Procedures will last only 9 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully without trace even in future. After the transfer of the money we shall share the money 70-30, which is I will have 70% while you will have 30%.

Kindly respond promptly so I can advice you on the next step to follow.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Mrs. Veronica Bright
Bank Of East Asia (USA)
Response to My Private Email:veronicabright@terra.com.pe 
16Email Scam: Delivery Failure
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:Delivery Failure 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:104.47.33.111 
Message:
Microsoft Outlook

Message Delivery has failed to recipients or groups contacted by accounts@newlook.com.sg on March 8, 2017. Kindly Fix delivery error and ensure that recipient's receives their intended message.

N.B: Always verify recipient's address before sending messages.

System Administrator.

Connected to Microsoft Exchange

All right reserved Microsoft Corporation.

________________________________________________________
Editor note:

The actual URL in this email is:
http://asianexpresssecuritycourier.com/Microsoft.Office/acc.php?login=accounts@newlook.com.sg

This is the scammer`s website, not website !

The domain in use is asianexpresssecuritycourier.com 
17Email Scam: [G-Spam] From Ms Safi Kabore.>>>R
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] From Ms Safi Kabore.>>>R 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:212.82.97.114 
Message:
Dear Friend,

I need your help for this transfer to your bank account, amount (US$1.5M DOLLARS).I have every enquiries'details to make the bank believed

you and release the fund in within 5 banking working days with your full co-operation with me for success.
Send the below requirement to enable me advice you on how to apply to the Bank for the claim.
1)Full names.
2)country of origin.
3)Your Mobile No.
4)Your Age.
5)occupation.

Thanks.
Ms Safi kabore 
18Email Scam: [G-Spam] Dear Beloved One !
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Dear Beloved One ! 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:146.141.15.4 
Message:
Greetings in the name of God,

I would like to share some words with you so that we can become good friends in our Lord Jesus Christ and see with greater power comes greater responsibility. You can make a lot of changes in the life of others with this great offer from the Lord through me to you, most especially the poor at heart and the less privileged, I'm Mrs. Alice Davidson a widow 66 ages old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast and i have a very serious and urgent message for you from God our Father in Heaven which concerns your LIFE and DEATH....Hope to read from you soonest.

Mrs Alice Davidson
( alicedavison66@hotmail.com )

This communication is intended for the addressee only. It is confidential. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately and destroy the original message. You may not copy or disseminate this communication without the permission of the University. Only authorised signatories are competent to enter into agreements on behalf of the University and recipients are thus advised that the content of this message may not be legally binding on the University and may contain the personal views and opinions of the author, which are not necessarily the views and opinions of The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. All agreements between the University and outsiders are subject to South African Law unless the University agrees in writing to the contrary. 
19Email Scam: [G-Spam] Attention:Your Notification on your Abandoned Trunk Box.
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] Attention:Your Notification on your Abandoned Trunk Box. 
Attachment:(No attachment)
Sender IP:80.247.111.66 
Message:
Attention:
Dear Partner.
I am Mr.Freeborn Magai, Director Inspection Unit (United Nations Inspection Agent) in Greater Accra field International Airport West Africa. During our investigation, we discovered An abandoned shipment of two Metallic Trunk Boxes that was transferred from your country's International Airport, back to our Airport facility here in Accra Ghana, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 169kg. These consignments was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the delivery agent as money rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent also the Diplomat.

On my assumption, the boxes contains more than US$18.750 Million to $11.5 Million United States of American Dollars and the consignments are still left in our Storage House till today. These Consignments/Two Metal Trunk Boxes with weight of about 169kg (Internal Dimension: W 61xH 156xD73 (Cm). Effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately.

The details of the consignment including your name and Address are tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes as the Consignee. Provide your Phone Number full address, name of nearest Airport around and other details or disregard this message if you are not the intended Consignee. If you are interested then you can send the required details to me for onward delivery. This is the one truth I have learned from my experience. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord let us work in partnership. As you know Trust has become an issue not because people are evil but because people are self centered but l believe this case will be different on both side so far there is mutual respect and cooperation.

All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can arrange and get everything concluded within 3 days and proceed the delivery of these consignments to your address for delivery. Most importantly due to my position as UN Diplomat, nobody must know about my involvement in this deal otherwise every effort will be thwarted and jeopardized. But I must get assurance from you concerning my 30% before I proceed to arrange with any comprehensive delivery company to handle the shipment.

I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shipper has abandoned it and ran away. I will arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address, once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured shipping Company geared to provide the security it needs to deliver these consignments to your doorstep. But I will share it 70% to you and 30% to me. But you have to assure me of my 30%, if you agreed with my condition.

Therefore, I am set to Partner with you to claim these consignments/Boxes with a sharing ratio of 70-30. I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction as soon as you declare your interest to work with me, I do hereby anticipate your Urgent and speedy response. With your full contact Details such as your Full name, telephone and cell Phone Numbers, your Mailing/delivery address.
Best Regards.
Freeborn Magai. 
20Email Scam: [G-Spam] PAYMENT SWIFT,PLEASE CONFIRM
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:31:00 +0800
Subject:[G-Spam] PAYMENT SWIFT,PLEASE CONFIRM 
Attachment:P D T520346402627727.ace
Sender IP:139.162.12.202 
Message:
HELLO,BILL OF LADING AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WAS RECIEVED.

PLEASE CONFIRM SWIFT COPY OF OF OUTSTANDING

PAYMENT MADE TODAY TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

BEST REGARDS 

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Cleaning of Browser Hijacker: about:blank in Internet Explorer

When you launch the Internet Explorer, does the URL keep going to 'about:blank' and the browser shows links or popup windows of V*iagra or p*orn site?

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