Hoaxes, Spams & Scams
This section of Cyber Top Cops is no longer maintained and has been replaced by the SHPAMEE Project.
The purpose of this section is not to list every possible hoax, spam or scam e-mail, but to educate users on how to identify them, by looking for certain characteristics and using a little common sense.
The following articles provide some insight into the problems and dangers of e-mail scams, hoaxes and spam and how to avoid them:
- Smelling A Hoax A Mile Away By Using A Little Common Sense: A step-by-step explanation how to identify a hoax.
- Protocol Against Spam: Taking a look at some of the methods used to prevent spam from landing in our inboxes.
- Don't Become A Victim Of Identity Theft: Prevent your identity from being stolen
- Cyber Crime Made Easier Through Impersonality: The reasons why it so easy to commit cyber crime
- The Dangers Of Chain Letters And Petition Lists: These popular e-mails are not as harmless as you my think.
- The Key To Beating Spam: Ways of treating and preventing spam contamination.
The examples listed below should give you a good idea of what the most common hoaxes, spams and scams look like.
Hoaxes and Spams
- Advance Fee Fraud
- Phishing Scams / Web Forgery
- Other Miscellaneous Scams
MillerSmiles.co.uk - The webs dedicated anti-phishing service :: Scam Alert ServiceYOUR PAYMENT OF $11.500,000 USD - BOA
Sun, 22 Jul 2018 12:00:01
Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters 3422 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines,Iowa (IA) 50312, USA Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.5/WD/011 United States of America Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT) Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT) Customer service: (1 404-410-5046 ) Email: email@example.com Dear esteemed customer, Your payment of $11.500,000 USD is ready Your fund has been released and below i...
Your ATM CARD - DHL COURIER COMPANY
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:00:01
DHL COURIER COMPANYHead OfficeAddress: 226/41 Midombo Expressway-CotonouWebsite: www.DHL.comDHL COURIER SERVICE BENIN REPUBLIC.Attn: Dear,You are welcome to DHL COURIER COMPANY LTD with world wide delivery at its best. We are pleased to be at your service.DHL COURIER COMPANY LTD is Regulated and Stipulated by the Delivery Service Authority (DSA), The delivery institutionsthat REGULATES all delivery activities in the Benin. This office h...
Money Gram Reference number:70289895 - Anthony accracken
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:00:01
Attention Beneficiary, The Money Gram Money Transfer Service Benin Republic headquarters wishes to inform you that our Government has paid part of the fees needed for the final release of your funds 0f ($3.5 millionUS) to you this month through our Money Gram Office here in Benin Republic to avoid you sending much money to African scam again. And for your information the maximum amount you will be receiving started from tomorrow is $7000 USD till your total f...
REIMBURSEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME (INDIVIDUAL, ORGANISATION, AGENT, PENSIONS). - HM Revenue and Customs - UK
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:00:01
CLAIM YOUR TAX REFUND We are contacting you to inform about your outstanding tax return of 731.59 resulting from the overpaid tax for yearending in 2017. All the claims for refund are allowed for certain time period, a duration of 48 hours is allowed forclaiming tax after dispatching of email. In case of no claims made for your outstanding tax, your total will add up into next year tax returns. PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO FILE YOUR CLAIM. http://ww...
A message from HM Revenue charset=utf-8"> - HM Revenue and Customs - GOV UK
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:03
Dear Applicant, The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to HM Revenue and Customs. Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please reply to inform us that you have received this email in error and then delete it without retaining any copy. I ...
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