A new batch of scam emails purporting to confirm your order with YesAsia (YesAsia.com) and Play.com went out this week. The scam relies on your freaking out when you see confirmation for an order you did not place, so that you will click the link to see “the order”, but of course, the link really goes somewhere else – in this case to some bad stuff being hosted on the iafrica.com website (in the case of our sample, it goes to “http://newsletters.iafrica.com/servlet/link/33/1082/140693/41003”).
Here is a sample of the scam email from YesAsia:
Subject: Your Order (447041987) has been successfully placed
Date: August 27, 2011 10:33:33 AM MDT
Thank you for shopping with YesAsia.com, the No.1 Online Asian Entertainment Store. Your order (Number: 447041987) has been successfully placed. We will process and dispatch your order to you as soon as possible.
To view details of your order go to : yesasia[dot]com/global/en/secure/ordertracking.html?order=47041987(Article continues below)
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Order Number : 447041987
Payment Method : Credit Card
Shipping Method : Express
Number of Suggested Shipment(s) : 1
Item Description Catalog No. Quantity Unit Price (USD) Total (USD)
Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision 1004715754 1 207.99 207.99
Freecom Hard Drive 3.5″ External Hard Drive 500GB 1004777221 1 229.99 229.99
Sub-total : USD 437.98
Tax : USD 0.00
Shipping (Express) : USD 45.49
Order Total : USD 483.47
Once your payment has been received and verified your payment, your order will be processed. The estimated availability information shown during checkout will only apply after your payment has been verified.
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This order confirmation has been automatically generated by our order tracking system.
Should you have any questions about your order, please visit the following website for updated order information details at “My Account”.
Thank you for shopping at YesAsia.com, , and please come again!
Customer Service Department
So, yes, this is a scam, and no, don’t click on anything in the email!
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