A brand new SMS text message scam has hit smartphones. Coming from firstname.lastname@example.org, it is an image of text, which reads “CONFIDENTIAL Mrs Thorens has assigned a rewarding charity project worth $2.5 Million USD to you. For full details, please contact her only at her private email address below.” The sample that we saw had an email address of email@example.com, although it’s quite likely that as that email address gets shut down, the scammers will swap in a different email address.
The Scam Text Message from firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s important to note that the real BloodSystems.org is a legitimate organization, and almost certainly has nothing to do with this scam. They are likely just the unfortunate domain that the scammer decided to use as their ‘from’ address.
In fact, the BloodSystems.org website has been around for going on 18 years, and is run by the non-profit blood transfusion organization, Blood Systems, which has been around since 1943.
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As Blood Systems explains [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead], “Founded in 1943 as the Salt River Valley Blood Bank in Phoenix, Arizona, today Blood Systems is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. The Blood Centers Division, our largest, provides leadership, policy and shared services to its blood centers. It facilitates comprehensive blood service contracting for national and regional healthcare systems. Our blood centers provide blood, blood components and special services to patients in nearly 600 hospitals across the country.”
So what could the scammer behind email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org, possibly hope to accomplish with this scam?
Well, we can assume a couple of things:
1. The scammer behind email@example.com is likely hoping to either a) phish private personal information (PPI) from anyone who responds, including social security number, banking information, etc., or b) get whomever responds to cough up some advance-fee money (advance fee scams are as old as human civilization, and are also known as 419 scams), or c) both.
2. All the scammer needs is for a few people – maybe even only one person – to fall for this, to make it profitable for the scammer.
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