Members of USAA insurance and banking programs have been receiving email that appears to come from USAA (which stands for United Services Automobile Association), but which are actually phishing scams. The scam email comes from the nonexistent domain usaaservice.com (such as from “USAA.ServiceAccount@usaaservice.com”).
As we have noted a couple of times in the past few weeks, spammers and scammers are using the email mailing list confirmation process to send spam. Here’s how that works: someone signs up for a mailing list, and then replies to the confirmation request with their spam. In this case, Amy Happy at firstname.lastname@example.org, seems to be replying to a confirmation message that she, in fact, never received in the first place.
Add email@example.com as the newest scammer spamming mailing lists. As we mentioned last week, scammers have started signing up for mailing lists in order to spam the list members with their scams. (Our samples come from Aweber mailing lists.) Last week it was supposedly David Norris, leasing his house in Troy, Michigan, with a contact number of (509) 255-3270. This week it’s the supposed Rev. Gary Williams, with a house in Warwick, New York, with a contact number of (502) 536-8106.
You wouldn’t think that it would be worth a scammer or spammer’s time to sign up for a mailing list, only to be able to reply to the confirmation email with their spam, but sure enough, that is what’s happening.
The State Bar of California has issued an alert warning of a fraudulent complaint email being sent in their name. In an emailed statement this morning (June 8, 2016), the California State Bar said that it had received numerous inquiries about the email that supposedly had come from them, going out to members of the California bar.
If you receive email from firstname.lastname@example.org, with information that someone forwarded to you, don’t click on it! This is a new Craigslist scam, where the spammers are using the Craigslist ’email to a friend’ feature to spam you. Here’s how it works.
Did you get an invoice through Paypal, out of the blue, and from someone you have never heard of, and maybe even for $0 dollars? Odds are that if you did, you were on the receiving end of the newest engine for sending spam: Paypal (and odds are also good that it advertised Jaboo or skrylcomputers.com).
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chile, and Peru. At its heart, the TPP is intended to make trade between these and other Pacific Rim countries who may sign on to the TPP easier. What is interesting, and what many don’t realize, is that the TPP has an anti-spam section that deals with electronic commerce and spam. Sort of.
From the “we knew it was a good idea” department, based on the responses to our own article List of Phone Numbers that Telemarketers Use to Call You, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that it will start publishing a list of telephone numbers which robocallers, robodialers, and telemarketers are using to make their telemarketing calls and robocalls.
The Internet Patrol is published by ISIPP Publishing. The CEO of ISIPP, Anne P. Mitchell, was one of the very first anti-spam attorneys in the United States. So it’s a really bad idea to spam her, or to spam us. If you spam us, we will publish out you. If you find yourself on this list, shame on you. To be clear, the definition of “spam” that we are using is that you put us on a mailing list even though you have no connection to us whatsoever, and we have never heard of you. It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s legal or illegal – it’s wrong.
If you are getting spam from your friends, or your friends are getting spam from you – or you are getting spam from yourself – or at least it seems that way – you may be wondering how the spam appears to be coming from you or your friends. A likely reason is that someone you know’s address book was compromised. Here’s one way to tell, and how they do it.
“Emergency! Your phone is HACKED!!” says the subject of the email that appears to come from Tech Crunch. But in reality, this email is spam, with a link that almost certainly goes to malware, so don’t open or click on it!
In the last 24 hours some malicious agent has sent out a massive spam run with a malware payload behind a link to “open your invoice”, “download details” or “open your payment details”. The emails seem to come from senders such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and the text is all very gappy.