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.
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!
Today, September 3, 2014, a new spoofed GoDaddy phishing spam started showing up in people’s inboxes. “Your account contains too many directories”, it tells you (for example, in our sample the subject is “Status Alert: Your account contains more than 9740 directories”).
Recently some spam posing as an email notice from E-Z Pass has been going around. The EZ Pass spam comes from “E-ZPass Service Center” with an email address of email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see this text on your website or blog: “Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!” ..your site has just been co-opted by a comment spammer.
In the world of email marketing oopsies, Shutterfly.com just delivered a whopping, bouncing baby screw-up. Shutterfly has sent out a massive number of “congratulations on your new baby” emails – to people who have not had babies. “Congratulations on your bundle of joy” says the email, “There’s nothing more amazing than bringing a new life into the world.” Although this faux pas on Shutterfly’s part is right up there.
Here is the full text of one of the newest Wells Fargo Phishing Spam, which started showing up this month (May, 2014). This one comes with an attached HTML file named “Wells Fargo Instruction Form.html”. Whatever you do, don’t download or open it!
Now, this is a new one: phishing spam that supposedly is a death notice of a friend; our example supposedly comes from Jason Bennett at Douglass Funeral Home.
Users were asked whether an email advertisement sent to them on the basis of a “pre-existing business relationship” was spam. All of the respondents were average Internet users, exactly the sort of user who receives this sort of email from countless businesses based on a prior business relationship with them. And survey says…. a resounding “Yes!” Two-thirds said that email advertisements sent on the basis of a pre-existing business relationship, without express permission, are spam!
What should be here is the article about what to do when you get spam from a Gmail account. In it we ranted about how Royal Stage Christian Performing Arts from Sacramento, and their executive diretor, Tamara Warta, spammed us, using Gmail and Google Apps. And we decried how difficult it was to report spam from a Gmail account to Google.
The newest social engineering scam email hitting some inboxes is the “thank you for your Red Sox ticket order” email. In this spam, the fake order confirmation tells you that you have ordered over $200 ($238 in the example below) worth of Red Sox tickets, which have been charged to your MasterCard.