Thursday, April 21, 2011

Have I ever mentioned....

anything about not clicking on links sent to you?

Below is an example of a 'negative' notification.  You're told you bought something on EBay, via visa or, as in this case, sending money through Western Union.  Now you know you didn't do that so of course you want to rectify this right away and so you go to click on that handily enclosed link.



*Think* about it.

  1. You didn't send any funds through Western Union (or did you?).
  2. It's not a Western Union email address -
  3. It's cc'd to a whole bunch of folks -  25 of them by my count.  I think it's a little weird that they all start with the same letter of the alphabet.
  4. Don't you think that it's a little odd that 25 people with emails starting with the same letter made a Western Union transfer as the same time that you did(n't) *and* have the same Money Transfer Control Number [MTCN]: 5905754821?  
  5. Wanna bet someone clicked on an earlier version and picked up a nice little infection?
That's about all I have to say about that.


Subject:  [MTCN] is: 5905754821?

Date: April 21, 2011

Dear customer,

Thank you for using the Western Union Money Transfer?

Your money transfer has been authorized and is now available for pick up by the receiver.

Your Money Transfer Control Number [MTCN] is: 5905754821

If you have not authorized this charge , click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund :


SERVICE : Western Union?Money Transfer Service.

So How Come?

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I have two blogs at the moment - Here Be Dragons which is devoted to rental scams primarily sourced through Craigslist although the proliferation of free ad sites has widened the hunting grounds. Many additions come from other sources (ie: blogs/anti-scam sites/online community ad sites) or are provided by people who want to share their experiences. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is for copies of scammail that I find in my mailboxes ~ sometimes I can't resist the odd acerbic comment but for the most part I post 'em because the more that people do, the fewer fools they get to gull. Dunno what to say about me that would be very interesting ~ I'm a granny who reads, gardens and crafts as the mood strikes me. :) I don't particularly care for the social predators on this planet and this blog is part of my way of saying so.